Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack Museum in Indian Lake, New York

The Adirondack Museum is currently open for the summer season.

The Adirondack Museum shares the history of people who have lived, worked and played in the Adirondack Park. The history of the very place on which the museum sits mirrors the history of the Adirondacks: from lumber camp to summer hotel to museum, it embodies the transformation of the Adirondacks from mineral and lumber resource to resort to recreation getaway.


Indian Lake, New York, in the heart of the Adirondacks

Indian_Lake_NY_28_and_30_editedIndian Lake is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 1,352 at the 2010 census. The name is from a large lake partly inside the town. There are no permanent stop lights in the town, much less the county.

Burke’s Cottages are nestled remotely in the “smack dab” middle area surrounding this pristine lake!

The Town of Indian Lake New York is on the east border of the county and is northeast of Utica. Indian Lake terms itself the “Moose capital of the Northeast.”

The Town of Indian Lake was established in 1858 from the Towns of Gilman (now defunct), Long Lake, and Wells. In 1861, Indian Lake was expanded using territory from Gilman and Lake Pleasant, New York.

The Indian Lake Museum in the hamlet of Indian Lake contains displays relating to the historic Indian population. The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake has displays of outdoor living in the region. The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake provides cultural events during the summer season. The Indian Lake Library provides books, DVDs, audios and access to the Internet.

The Lake itself was the inspiration for the 1960s hit single INDIAN LAKE by The Cowsills. (The writer having spent vacation there at what used to be Beeches Cottages on Indian Lake.)

Once called the “Whitewater Capital of New York State,” Indian Lake remains a haven

Come visit the Adirondack Mountain Rentals (Burkes Cottages on Indian Lake) today in Indian Lake New York!


Happy 4th of July Adirondack style

Indian Lake Celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Activities include:

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE – The parade theme is “Summer Fun…Adirondack Style”. All are welcome to participate in the float and classic tractor competition. There will be both classic cars and tractors, floats and much more. Call Vonnie Liddle to join @518-648-5828 or the IL Chamber @ 518-648-5112 or 800-328-LAKE. Chamber hours are Mon.,Tues. 8:30-4; Sat. 8-4.

KIDS FISHING DERBY – Sponsored by the Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game association from 8-1:30 at Byron Park, Rt. 29, Indian Lake. This is an annual, FREE fishing derby for kids 15 years of age and younger. Adult supervision is required. There will be a casting contest, free hot dogs, hamburgers, soda & juice. Loner poles will be available and instruction provided.

BYRON PARK – Activities begin 7PM and will include Stephen Gratto and the Gratto boys, stilt walking, balloon sculptor, comedy juggling and a variety show….and FIREWORKS WILL BEGIN AT 9:20pm!


Canoeing on Indian Lake, NY

Tired of camping cheek-to-cheek in noisy, crowded campgrounds? Indian Lake offers a peaceful alternative with widely separated campsites where you can listen to loons, barred owls, and whip-poor-wills calling at night, instead of to neighbors’ televisions. At 14 miles long, narrow and scenic, Indian Lake nestles among the sculpted cliffs and forested hillsides of the Adirondack peaks. Many people come to Indian Lake for week long camping.

Consequently, we avoid the lake on the busiest holiday weekends, even though the lake’s great size can accommodate a lot of boat traffic. Under calm or modest wind conditions, the lake offers wonderful paddling opportunities, with many bays, inlets, protected coves, and islands to explore. However, when the wind blows strongly from any direction, the surrounding hillsides funnel the wind, raising whitecaps and two- to four-foot swells, making paddling extremely hazardous.


Indian Lake in the Fall

The Adirondacks are beautiful at any given time in the year, but there is just something about the trees turning colors in the fall that will take anyone’s breath away!

Indian Lake, New York