Of all the 164 recorded lakes in Sullivan County, Swinging Bridge Reservoir NY ranks close to the top. With 18 Miles of fresh spring fed waterfront, the Swinging Bridge Reservoir is a mecca for many year-round and seasonal homeowners. Magnificent homes skirt this 1,000-acre oasis bringing an atmosphere of security and prestigious retreat. Swinging Bridge Reservoir is one of the few motorboat lakes in Sullivan County and by far, one of the biggest. A public marina is also available providing boat storage and rentals. This reservoir basin spreads across three townships – Thompson (to the northeast), Forestburgh (to the south), and Bethel (to the west). Privacy and unparalleled beauty define this hidden paradise.
The Swinging Bridge Reservoir is one of five lakes powering a generating system owned by Eagle Creek Renewable Resources. There is a dam on the south end of the reservoir regulating the amount of water flowing through. Water levels vary throughout the year with the lowest water level period usually at the end of August. The water level is lowered before winter to reduce pressure on the shoreline and to decrease ice buildup. The maximum depth of this lake is 120 feet with water levels varying anywhere between two and twenty feet over the course of the year. Because of this, most docks are designed to adjust with the water level.
Swinging Bridge Reservoir is diverse in many ways. To the north are two narrow finger-like sections offering peace and quiet from all motorized boats. These fingers can become quite shallow when the water levels are lowered. The center of the lake holds two marinas and is considered a “wilder” section of the lake. However, this wild lake frontage may be considered the coveted frontage of the lake as it is also home to those living in the exclusive gated community of the Chapin Estate. Finally, the lower, eastern end of the lake is known for its restricted beauty. This section has been undeveloped in an attempt to preserve wildlife such as the bald eagle and beaver. There is even an eagle nesting preserve made from 300 feet of shoreline that is completely restricted from all development. No trees can be cut and nothing can be built here. Homes can be built as far as 300 feet from the water’s edge but clearing is prohibited. This is a gorgeous place spend a few hours absorbing the serenity and tranquility of the wild. Many will not find this hidden gem as it is slightly off the beaten path. Those who do rarely tear themselves away. This pristine basin welcomes those seeking a weekend of relaxation and supreme happiness. With nine miles of water, there is plenty for all.
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