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Winnisook Lake
""Winnisook Lake.jpg
from northeast corner
Location "Ulster County, New York
Coordinates 42°00′52″N 74°24′45″W / 42.01444°N 74.41250°W / 42.01444; -74.41250"Coordinates: 42°00′52″N 74°24′45″W / 42.01444°N 74.41250°W / 42.01444; -74.41250
"Type artificial
"Primary outflows "Esopus Creek
"Basin countries United States
Surface elevation 2,660 feet (810 m)

Winnisook Lake is an artificial "lake located in "Oliverea, New York, United States. It is the source of "Esopus Creek and the highest lake in the "Catskill Mountains at 2,660 feet (810 m) above sea level.

The lake is the private property of the "Winnisook Club, which expanded it with a "dam so they could have a place to "fish. This created some problems with "hikers in the past, who would park along the neighboring stretch of Ulster County Route 47 and cross the club's property to reach state-owned "Forest Preserve lands and climb the Catskills' highest peak, neighboring "Slide Mountain. Crowds of hikers steadily increased throughout the 1970s, causing the club to consider closing what had long been one of the easiest ways to ascend the peak. New York's "Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) solved the problem in the early 1980s by buying some land to the south of the club and building a new access trail over it.

The stretch of Route 47 next to the lake has the distinction of being the highest elevation improved public through road in the state.

The name, one of the few "Indian place names in the Catskills, comes from Winnisook, the same legendary figure from whom the nearby hamlet of "Big Indian and "Big Indian Mountain draw their names.

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