MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. - Locals didn’t have to travel far to experience some beach fun last weekend. Right here in Yorktown, families flocked to Mohegan Lake for Lake Day, an all-day celebration including food, fishing, boating, games, an outdoor movie and more.

Lake Day started decades ago but was put on hold for years as Mohegan Lake became overrun with invasive plants and excessive nutrients. The event was brought back in 2011 by the Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID) as part of its attempt to revitalize the lake.

MLID is a special tax district comprising of homeowners from around the lake and set up for the purpose of preserving and improving the lake environment. The founders of MLID recognized that if the lake was to remain desirable for recreational use, work was needed to reverse some of the human environmental impacts on the lake.

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All photos were taken by Deena Bell.