Otsego Lake

Otsego Lake

“Glimmerglass” of American Literature

Called “Glimmerglass” in James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, Otsego Lake is a landmark of both natural beauty and culture.

The source for the Susquehanna River, the pristine Otsego Lake provides various opportunities for recreation, including swimming, boating and fishing, The nine-mile-long lake is bounded by The Glimmerglass Festival campus and Glimmerglass State Park on the northern end and the village of Cooperstown on the southern end.

An exclamation of surprise broke from the lips of Deerslayer ...when on reaching the lake, he beheld the view that unexpectedly met his gaze. On a level with the point lay a broad sheet of water, so placid and limpid that it resembled a bed of the pure mountain atmosphere, compressed into a setting of hills and woods. 

– From “The Deerslayer” by James Fenimore Cooper