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Rushford Lake, Rushford

#245 of 296 in Nature in New York State
Rushford Lake is a small reservoir in the western part of New York, United States. The lake is in the northwest part of Allegany County, mostly in the Town of Rushford, but the eastern part of the lake is in the Town of Caneadea.
Rushford Lake is 585acre in size and has a crescent shape. Rush Creek feeds into the south end of the lake and an outlet on the east side feeds into the Genesee River. The maximum depth is 115ft. The lake is drawn down 40ft each winter.
The communities of Balcom Beach (northern shore) and Hillcrest (western shore) are located near the lake. New York State Route 243 passes the northern end of the lake.
Rushford Lake was formed by a dam on Caneadea Creek in 1927, resulting in the loss of the communities of East Rushford and Kellogville by flooding. The dam and resulting lake were originally owned and governed by Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) for the purpose to control the water level in the Genesee River. In 1981 the dam and Rushford Lake was transferred to the Rushford Lake Recreation District which manages the dam, as well as lake and shoreline use.
Rushford Lake was the setting of the 2004 movie Ghost Lake. In the film, the souls of village residents who drowned after the dam's construction return one hundred years later to avenge their death. Actual shooting took place on the lake.
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  • Nice place, most of the places are privately owned, so you need to find a cottage to rent. The lake is nice, the area is quiet, peaceful and relaxing.  more »
  • Rushford Lake is a great family lake, only 7 miles around its shores and in the heart of the Southern Tier with plenty to offer. Antiques and small town charm are but a drive away in Angelica, Belfast...  more »
  • I have been going here for decades. This place is awesome. It has become more crowded over the years but that really is only on the holidays and weekends, weekdays you can hear fish jumping across the lake it's so quiet and calm.
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