MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. – Where can you enjoy fishing derbies for kids, boat races, local art, live music, all on the same day, at the same lakeside locale in Westchester County? Mohegan Lake.

Mohegan Lake’s annual Lake Day celebration is geared for family fun and is free and open to the public. Every year, the Mohegan Lake community comes together to host this lake-wide festival by opening all its beaches to the public. Sponsoring this yearly festival is the Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID), which works at promoting the lake's many recreational attributes and keeping alive its history as a long time popular, natural resource frequented for the past century by New York City and regional residents.

“The lake community has always enjoyed coming together to plan and host Lake Day, not only for the public to enjoy our wonderful lake, but to also raise awareness about the lake environment,” said Ken Belfer, president of MLID. All of the lake's beaches are hosting a wide variety of activities. A special “water taxi service” will shuttle folks between beaches from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to take a dip and swim at any of the beaches.

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Schedule of Events

Rock Hill Park (Holland Sporting Club)

  • 8–11:30 a.m.—Trailbuilding. Volunteer to help make a hiking trail around the park. Coordinated by Walt and Jane Daniels. Meet at park entrance on Horton Road. Bring gloves, pruning shears, sturdy shoes.

Mohegan Beach Park, 3338 Lakeshore Drive

  • 9–10:30 a.m.—Fishing Derby (kids 12 and under). Includes fishing lessons. Rods, reels, hooks, bobbers, line and nightcrawlers will be provided. Light refreshments.

Lake Mohegan Park (Section 1), 3250 Lakefront Ave.

  • Noon–12:30 p.m.—Future Plans for Rock Hill Park. Hear about Yorktown Recreation Commission's design for the park.
  • 12:30–2 p.m. Art on the Lake. See display and meet some of the local artists. Light refreshments.
  • 1–2:15 p.m. Boat Races (non-motorized)
  • 1 p.m.–Rowboats, 1:15 p.m.–Canoes, 1:30 p.m.–Kayaks, 1:45 p.m.–Standup Paddleboards, 2 p.m.—Sailboats. Note: Personal flotation devices are mandatory for all racers. Bring your own boat.

Mohegan Highlands Property Owners Association, 3395 Mohegan Ave.

  • 2–2:30 p.m.—Turtles: Presentation by Patricia Johnson, turtle advocate and wildlife rehabilitator                                     
  • 2:30–3:30 p.m.—Kids Games/Contests. Light refreshments.

Amazon Beach Park, 1610 Wenonah Trail

  • 3–4:15 p.m.—"State of the Lake" Q&A with the Board of Mohegan Lake Improvement District and Patrick Goodwin, lake management intern, SUNY Oneonta. Light refreshments.

Mohegan Colony Beach, 3094 Oak St.

  • 4:30–6 p.m.—Invasive Species Presentation and hands-on training by Samantha Epstein from Clearwater
  • 6–7 p.m.—Pot Luck Dinner
  • 7–8:30 p.m.—Live Music, Open Mike. Send name of band, story teller, poets, comics to
  • 8:30–8:45 p.m.—Chinese Floating Lanterns. Set one afloat!
  • 8:45–10:30 p.m.—Movie on Handball Court. Starting with cartoon shorts. Movie suitable for both adults and kids. (Bring your own chairs, popcorn and bug repellant.)

Water Taxi

  • Will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for transportation between beaches.