Dwyer Memorial Park (Preble, NY)

picnic site in dwyer park

picnic site in dwyer park

Dwyer Memorial Park feels like a cross between a typical municipal park and an old campground. Not only does it not feel like you’ve gone Into the Forest, but it’s actually quite isolated from the forest in the surrounding hills. There are loads of picnic tables, each with a grill for afternoon cookouts, each seemingly with its own small stand of trees. There are restrooms on the premises, though the use of them might constitute the greatest adventure in the immediate area. I also noticed the somewhat rusted backstop of a baseball diamond, which is by far the tallest of a number of factors which contribute to the slightly run-down feeling of the park.

eastern shore of little york lake

eastern shore of little york lake

Dwyer Memorial borders on two lakes. The northernmost of the two is aptly named “Green lake,” as its water has a greenish tint and is a bit cloudy. I’m not sure what conditions have caused this, but I assume that they are naturally occurring since people were fishing there without any apparent concern. Little York Lake lies to the south of the park, and is its most inviting attribute.

Little York is pleasant, but far from pristine. Its water is clear and clean, though a bit weedy for my liking. Schools of small bait fish were abundant in the shallows. I was able to throw a line in when I was there, but didn’t catch anything. I can’t say what a serious effort might yield. Pleasant, rolling hills almost completely surround the lake. Unfortunately the shoreline is tightly crowded with camps and houses. The clearest view of the natural scenery around the lake is to the east, which was saved from residential construction by the conspicuous presence of Interstate 81.

dock and landing at little york lake

dock and landing at little york lake

Altogether, the experience is less an escape than an enrichment of an already familiar environment. Navigating Little York Lake is likeĀ  swimming through a suburb. It is interesting, and can be fun, but not by any means a wilderness.

Links:

Google Map: Dwyer Memorial Park
NY DEC: Little York Lake
NY DEC: Green Lake (map only)

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