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Allen Lake


Thumbnail view of Allen Lake contour map

Allen Lake is a 58-acre man-made lake located in north central Allegany County. It has a maximum depth of 19 feet and an average depth of 8 feet. It was built on private property in 1958 on the headwaters of an unnamed stream tributary to the Genesee River. New York State purchased the lake in 1963 along with 700 upland acres and added it to state forest land now totaling 2421 acres.

There is an unimproved launch that can handle small trailered boats or cartop boats/canoes. The lake is restricted to the use of electric motors only. Although small boats and canoes are common on the lake, the majority of fishing takes place from the 1,600-foot earthen dike. Has a 25 car parking lot and a seasonal use sanitary facility.

Accessible Features

Universal symbol of accessible site

There is an accessible, concrete approach and a floating T-dock for fishing.

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Allen Lake is stocked annually in the spring with yearling brook trout and two-year-old brown trout. Surplus breeders are stocked in most years in the fall. The trout fishery is essentially a put and take fishery, as there is little holdover of trout. Ice fishing for trout is legal as there is no closed season.

Largemouth bass

Largemouth bass were introduced in 1996 to provide a predator to control the abundant panfish population. They are now well established, with bass in the 12 inch -14 inch range common. Anglers will have success with spinner baits, surface plugs, plastic worms, crank baits as well as live crayfish or shiners.


Allen Lake provides fishing for several species of panfish. Although abundant, their growth is generally slow due to low fertility of the lake and interspecific competition. The most common panfish are bluegill, pumpkinseed and brown bullhead, with occasional yellow perch and green sunfish also caught.