Peck’s a great pick
Peck’s Lake, located just outside Gloversville on the fringe of
the great Adirondack Park, was a hidden jewel of sorts that I had
the brief opportunity to explore in October. The “excuse” for
visiting was the Annual New York State Outdoor Writers Association
Conference in Fulton County Oct. 13-16. This manmade creation
stretches out 1,370 acres – five miles long and two miles wide –
making it the largest lake completely within the Fulton County
boundaries (not counting Great Sacandaga Lake, which extends
outside the county boundaries).
Because Peck’s Lake is managed privately, the “owners” control
the regulations and the fish management to a certain extent. For
example, no boat less than 14 feet or longer than 20 feet may
operate on the lake. Motor restriction is 40 horsepower (combined,
if you have more than one motor). As far as fish species, there are
pike, trout, walleye, pickerel, bass, perch and other panfish.
Peck’s Resort offers a full-service marina (including boat
rentals), a campground and cabins from May through October.
On the morning my wife Sandy and I were to fish, a cold front
came through the night before and brought with it chilling winds
and a bit of rain. Fortunately, the precipitation stayed away from
our on-water adventure … but the winds often sent us off course.
We opted to try and toss some stickbaits out to troll the shoreline
of some protected areas. Despite the wind and the cold, the scenery
was spectacular with the shoreline in its entire fall foliage
splendor. It took us a bit to learn the lay of the lake, but it
wasn’t long before Sandy was screaming with delight – her first
bass! While the weather conditions weren’t the best and the fishing
could have been better, the dreaming of a better time and place
filled our conversation.
As we enjoyed a special time with a colorful backdrop, we
envisioned sitting on the front porch of one of the housekeeping
cabins that lined the shoreline. We pictured ourselves on this very
boat, sitting in a T-shirt and shorts as we head out to catch our
dinner – soaking up the sun as we sampled some of this Empire
State’s great natural resources. These visions and conversations
helped temper the chill in the air and Sandy was a trooper for
We will be back to sample this lake again soon when we can spend
some more time on the water … and when the weather is warmer. For
more information on Peck’s Lake and the resort or the marina, check
Fulton County – boasting 44 lakes within its boundaries – is
truly a Gateway to the Adirondacks. The fall foliage was
spectacular and it brought back memories of trips to nearby Lewey
Lake as a kid, traveling down these same roads and looking at these
same mountains as the Hilts gang travelled up Route 30 into the
heart of the Adirondacks 45-plus years ago. This area is a great
place to discover – for the first time or all over again. For more
information on Fulton County, check out www.fultoncountyny.org or
www.44lakes.com. You can also call 1-800-676-3858.