The Great Sacandaga Reservoir, is a location full of history and offers all season activities. From cross country skiing and snowmobiling, to great fishing and boating, dining lakeside and tour boats. There are public boat launches on both ends of the lake, as well as state run camp sites. This large lake is only 30 minutes from historic Saratoga and 45 minutes from Lake George and Albany.
There is so much to see on and around the Great Sacandaga Lake that it would take days to see it all. Between antique shops and the small towns on the shores it is a mini paradise. This area is also steep in history, from the Mohawk Indians to Sir William Johnson. This area back around the turn of the century was an area of luxury. Gloversville and Johnstown, were known as "Glove Cities" for their top quality leather. And Amsterdam was then known as "Carpet City". At one point the Former President of the United States Teddy Roosevelt came to visit Gloversville in 1910. During the 1920s the state started working on the Conklingville Dam, to control flood waters on the Sacandaga River and Hudson rivers. The Sacandaga valley was cleared out and then in 1930 it was flooded. There are rumors of a train that was not moved in time and was flooded over. And also there are pictures of the Fish House Covered bridge that was not taken down in time and flooded around, the bridge stood for some time afterwards and could be seen from shore until it collapsed in a large storm. The flooding of the valley created the Great Sacandaga Reservoir, 29 miles long, 125 miles of shore line, and 42 sq miles of surface area. This created a fishing lake, like none other. In the 1940 the world record Northern Pike came from the Lake, at 49 inches and 46 pounds (since surpassed). It remains the NY state record Northern Pike. The lake is also known for the winter time activity of snowmobiling with many miles and destinations to accommodate all riders.
Between summer and winter the Great Sacandaga Reservoir area is a destination not to be missed. Give it a chance and take a drive up and down its shores and feel the majesty of the area.