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Guilford Lake

Guilford Lake is a 70 acre natural kettle lake located in the Town of Guilford, Chenango County. The lake is nearly circular in shape with a mean depth of 34 feet and a maximum depth of 70 feet. The eastern half of lake shore is undeveloped pasture and forest while a mix of permanent and summer homes line the western shoreline.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,600 feet
Area: 70 acres
Length: 0.5 miles
Maximum Depth: 70 feet

Plant Life

There are some scattered, dense beds of rooted aquatic plants around the margins of the entire lake with the greatest concentrations occurring along the northern and western shore.

Public Access Sites

In Guilford, near the lake outlet along County Route 35. Hand launch. Parking for 15 cars.

Fish Species

Brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, rock bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, white sucker, and golden shiner.

General Fishing Information

The main gamefish found in the lake are brown and rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and chain pickerel. Black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, rock bass and brown bullhead can also be found in the lake.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management

Guilford Lake is stocked annually with approximately 200 two-year old brown trout and 1,600 year-old rainbow trout.