Lake Lila Primitive Area, Long Lake

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Lake Lila is a 1446acre lake in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area, in the town of Long Lake, in the west-central portion of the Adirondack Park.
Lake Lila is the largest lake in the Adirondack Park whose shoreline is entirely state-owned; it is the twenty-second largest body of water in the park. The southeastern portion of Lake Lila is an extensive wetland drained by the Shingle Shanty Brook, which feeds the lake; the lake is drained by the Beaver River. The lake is bordered by 2220ft Mount Frederica.
There are 24 primitive campsites, 18 of which are accessible only by boat. Boats must be hand-launched, and motors are not permitted; there is a 0.3mi carry from the parking lot to the lake.
Fish found within Lake Lila include lake trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, black bullhead, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, brook trout, atlantic salmon. There is hand launch access on the northeast shore off Lake Lila Road. No motors are allowed on this lake.
Lake Lila was originally called Smith Lake. William Seward Webb assembled a 115000acre preserve, called Nehasane Park, in the process of creating the Mohawk and Malone Railway. Webb built a Great Camp, Forest Lodge, on the western shore of Smith Lake, which he renamed for his wife, Lila Osgood Vanderbilt Webb, the daughter of William H. Vanderbilt.
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  • You can't find much better camping in the North East. I try to go to Lake Lila at least once a year.  more »
  • Stayed on Lake Lila 10/4-10/7 2016. >The 5.6 mile one lane dirt road lets you know you are going somewhere remote. 15 miles an hour, 40 min. >Once you arrive at the parking lot, there is a .3 mile car...  more »
  • when here years ago. awesome lake, had to drive a bit to get to it. very peaceful
  • Wonderful lake to visit. It's at the center of the only darksite in NY State. It's worth seeing the night sky without any light pollution and the lake provides a clearing to do so.

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