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273-Lake Placid, New York custom map

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Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in the towns of North Elba and St. Armand, in northern New York is the blue body of water, Lake Placid. At roughly 2,170 acres, and an average depth of approximately 50 feet, the lake borders the village of Lake Placid and has three islands named Buck, Moose, and Hawk. Fed by springs and streams in the Adirondacks Mountain, Lake Placid is an  important water source for the local  community on the lake’s shore. The shoreline of Lake Placid features gently sloping rock slabs with little vegetation. Buck Island, is one of the major islands on Lake Placid and is owned by the state of New York, and encompasses 30 acres, with an elevation of 2,044 feet.


The earliest inhabitants of Lake Placid are believed to be Iroquois and Mohawk Indians, evident from the relics, such as Indian arrowheads, found by early settlers in the region. In the 1800s, the first white settlers to Lake Placid were Elijah Bennet of Bennet’s Pond and his wife Rebecca, who moved from Vermont. By 1815, more families poured into the region and built quite a community. 


In the vicinity of Lake Placid is the village of Lake Placid, near the center of the town of North Elba. Lake Placid, the village, hosted the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics, along with the 1972 Winter Universiade and the 2000 Winter Goodwill Games. It is also home to the pristine Mirror Lake, which has a trail around the shoreline, and a calm ambience and the resemblance to a mirror, hence the lake’s given name. In nearby Lake Placid Olympic Museum, team uniforms and medals are on exhibit, a reminder of the Olympic movement and Lake Placid's rich winter sports' history. Big Cherrypatch Pond is largely untouched and travels through wetlands that offer up great bird watching opportunities, and an incredible view of Whiteface Mountain.


Many beautiful birds reside in the Lake Placid region, with the Great Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, woodland warblers and Gray Jays as some of the common birds that can be viewed during various seasons. There are four species of trout found in the waters of Lake Placid, including brook trout, lake trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. 


Fun and adventure can be had in the Lake Placid region, with winter activities, such as snowshoeing, skiing, ice-climbing and extreme tobogganing, along with plenty of fun family attractions.

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