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Dryden Lake

Dryden Lake is a shallow weedy lake located in Tompkins County near the Village of Dryden.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,200 feet
Area: 106 acres
Length: 0.72 miles
Maximum Depth: 12 feet

Plant Life

Photo of Dryden Lake Contour Map
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Most of the lake has very significant rooted aquatic vegetation growth.

Public Access Sites

Off West Lake Road, One mile south of the Village of Dryden. Beach launch. Parking for 15 cars. Electric Motors Only.
There is also shore access around much of the lake along with two fishing platforms that are universally accessible.

General Fishing Information

Largemouth bass are the main gamefish in the lake. Brown bullhead, black crappie, yellow perch, common carp and bluegill can also be found in the lake. Because of the weed growth, fishing with weed less baits is highly recommended when targeting largemouth bass. Common carp grow large in the lake and can be caught on corn or dough balls. This is often one of the first lakes in the area to ice-up, and it offers good early ice fishing for black crappies and bluegills.

Fisheries Management

Dryden Lake is not stocked and statewide fishing regulations apply.

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