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 it.
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 out www.peckslake.com.
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.