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The Lake Effect: Enjoying Otsego Lake to the Fullest

By: Otesaga Resort Hotel / 25 Jun 2024

The Lake Effect: Enjoying Otsego Lake to the Fullest

Otsego Lake is a popular destination in Cooperstown for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities like boating, fishing, and swimming, as well as scenic vistas for hikers and nature lovers. Since 1909 , guests at The Otesaga have enjoyed spectacular lake views and endless fun on the water. Whether you're an adventurer or looking to unwind in nature, Otsego Lake promises a memorable experience. Here's how to make the most of your visit.

Our Glimmerglass

The beauty of Otsego Lake has inspired locals and visitors alike for generations. Referred to as "Glimmerglass" in James Fenimore Cooper's famous Leatherstocking Tales, Otsego Lake's crystal-clear waters serve as the headwaters for the Susquehanna River. Along the southern shore of this nine mile long lake you'll find The Otesaga, nestled in Blackbird Bay. Our resort offers the perfect gateway to explore and immerse yourself in the timeless charm and natural splendor of Otsego Lake.

On the Water

One of the best ways to appreciate Otsego Lake is out on the water. Anglers will find Otsego Lake a haven for fishing. The lake trout, walleye, and perch found here offer both seasoned fishers and beginners a rewarding experience. Guests at The Otesaga can spend a day paddling the pristine waters by canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard , available at the resort. Our guests can also access the resort's private dock to truly enjoy some lakeside fun. At nearby Glimmerglass State Park, visitors can experience the view from the northern end of the lake, with a swim at the beach or by hiking the Sleeping Lion trail.

Lakeside Flavor

After a day of activities on the water, there's no better way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Otsego Lake than dining outside. The Otesaga has a variety of options to choose from at our lakeside resort. Grab a coffee, smoothie, or pastry to go at Mohican Market , then settle into a wooden rocking chair on the veranda, the best seat in the house for Otsego Lake vibes. Enjoy the seasonal fare of Hawkeye Bar & Grill while dining on the outdoor patio, or the veranda seating at our destination steakhouse 1909 . Relax outside at Leatherstocking Bar & Grill , with views of the lake and golf course. Or, end your day of lake adventures by grabbing a seat at our outdoor Fire Bar and enjoy sunset sips of cocktails, wines, and craft beers.

Otsego Lake is a serene jewel that offers an array of activities and experiences for every type of visitor. Whether you're an adventurer or simply looking to unwind in nature, Otsego Lake promises a memorable experience. Plan an Otesaga getaway to enjoy the "lake effect" to the fullest!

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