Kids’ fishing derbies, boat races, local art, live music, dancers—all of this plus the fascinating history of Mohegan Lake is part of the annual Lake Day celebration on Saturday, July 14 (rain date: July 15).

This yearly festival is geared for family fun and is free and open to the public. Mohegan Lake residents come together to host this lake-wide celebration by opening all its beaches to the public. Sponsoring the festival is the Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID), a volunteer group that works to maintain the lake’s environment and to keep alive its history of the last two centuries.

Mohegan Lake was a popular destination spot in the 1900s for New York City residents taking the train along the Hudson to the lake for a day of recreation.

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“Our lake has always been a mecca for diverse recreation and enjoyment,” said Ken Belfer, president of MLID. “Our annual Lake Day fully celebrates what Mohegan Lake has to offer to the public. We welcome everyone to join in a wide variety of fun activities and to learn about our lake environment.”

All of the lake’s beaches are hosting events throughout the day. 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 Mohegan Lake.

Visit MLID’s Facebook page for more information: facebook.com/MoheganLakeImprovementDistrict.

Schedule

Mohegan Beach Park, 3338 Lakeshore Drive

  • 9-10:30 a.m.—Fishing Derby (kids 12 and under)

Includes fishing lessons. Fishing equipment provided. Three sessions of adult fishing lessons between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the lake led by bass expert Tom Maietto. Adult fishing lessons are by reservation only—email your name, phone number to lakemohegan@gmail.com to register.

Rock Hill Park (Holland Sporting Club), Horton Road, corner of Cabot Trail

  • 11 a.m.-noon—Ribbon Cutting for Trail and History Hike.

Come for the official opening of Yorktown’s newest hiking trail, then join on the loop trail for a history walk/talk led by David Wright. Wear shoes for hiking, bug repellent.

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

  • Noon-1:30 p.m.—Boat Races, “Art-on-the-Lake” and Thai Dance.

Bring your rowboat, canoe, kayak, standup paddle board, or sailboat. Personal flotation devices must be worn. See art display in the gazebo and meet some of the local artists. Then watch Thai dancers in full costume perform native dances. Design your own Mohegan Lake tea shirt; $10 donation to cover materials. 

Mohegan Highlands Property Owners Association, 3395 Mohegan Ave.

  • 2-3 p.m.—Naturalist Presentation, Kids Games/Contests

Rick Lee of the Nature Awareness School (also Camp Nabby’s nature program director) will do a nature presentation, followed by children’s games/races.

Amazon Beach Park, 1610 Wenonah Trail

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.—“State of the Lake”; Q&A with the Board of Mohegan Lake Improvement District

Mohegan Colony Beach – 3094 Oak St.

  • 6-7 p.m.—Evening at the Beach.

Volleyball, badminton, and corn hole toss. Design your own Mohegan Lake tea shirt ($10 for shirt).

  • 7-8:30 p.m.—Live Music and Storytelling

Sign up for Open Mic at violetfiremusic@gmail.com.

  • 8:30-9 p.m.—Chinese Floating Lanterns
  • 9 p.m.—Movie on Handball Court

Starting with cartoon shorts. Movie suitable for both adults and kids. Bring your own chairs, popcorn and bug repellent.

Water Taxi

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.—Transportation Between Beaches

Sponsored by the Mohegan Lake Improvement District.