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An Evening Paddle through History on Otsego Lake

Written By Editor on 8/10/22 | 8/10/22

Monday, August 22, 2022

5 pm – 7 pm

Brookwood Point Conservation Area

6000 State Route 80, Cooperstown NY

Ever wonder what the shores of Otsego Lake looked like 100 years ago? Or how the underlying geology shaped the landscape that we see today? Join local historian, Jessie Ravage on Monday, August 22, for an evening paddling tour on Otsego Lake. The free event is sponsored by Otsego Land Trust, Otsego 2000, and the Otsego County Conservation Association. 

The guided paddle will begin at Brookwood Point Conservation Area and take participants on a gentle ninety-minute paddle on Otsego Lake.  Learn about the underlying geology and how that has defined the landscape. Visualize how the surrounding forests and hills were used by the native peoples and later waves of settlers, farmers, and summer tourists.  Otsego Lake is the centerpiece of the Glimmerglass National Register Historic District, a 15,000-acre cultural landscape that encompasses parts of the Towns of Otsego, Springfield, and Middlefield, as well as the Village of Cooperstown.

Advance registration is required for this free event. Please register by emailing Participants may bring their own canoe or kayak or rent a boat onsite for $25 from Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales. Lifejackets are required for all participants. A rain date is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 from 5 pm- 7 pm. 

Brookwood Point Conservation Area is located on the west side of Otsego Lake, two miles north of the village of Cooperstown and is open from dawn to dusk. The twenty-two-acre property is owned and managed by Otsego Land Trust, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the region’s natural resources in perpetuity. 

Otsego Outdoors, a collaborative program of the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego County Conservation Association and Otsego 2000, connects people with year-round opportunities to enjoy hiking, paddling, cycling and other activities in the region. Participating in this paddle counts toward the Summer Octet Challenge. 

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