Goodyear Lake

By Carol at 9:43 am on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Goodyear Lake

The ADK hikers traveled to Goodyear Lake for a two hour hike, starting on a rail-to-trail path, leading to a forest walk to the lake’s perimeter. A storm threatened but gave way to periods of warm sunshine. We didn’t need to bring out our panchos or bugspray today.

painted turtle

This painted turtle was found walking, rapidly for a turtle, between the rails. One of our group moved him down to a safer spot at the edge of the woods.

Goodyear Lake Dam

Goodyear Lake Dam, located on the upper Susquehanna River, not far from headwaters in Cooperstown, is the site of portage for racers in the General Clinton Canoe Regatta.

top of the dam

Hikers overlook the dam, with Goodyear Lake on the right, and the Susquehanna on the left.

portage trail

Hikers on the portage trail, walk down to the spot where the canoes return to the waters of the Susquehanna to continue on their way. The race, held every Memorial Day, was extra long this year, due to strong headwinds. Our hike ended with lunch and cold drinks in a member’s garden near the lake.

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