MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. – A family-fun day of fishing derbies, boat races, hiking, live music, international dancers and more will return to Mohegan Lake on Saturday, July 13.

The annual Lake Day celebration, with a rain date of July 14, is free and open to the public with several events running throughout the day at various beaches dotting the lake. The event is sponsored by the Mohegan Lake Improvement District, a volunteer group that maintains the lake’s environment and preserves its history.

“Throughout the year, we actively work hard to maintain the health of our lake so everyone can enjoy it, especially on Lake Day,” said Ken Belfer, president of Mohegan Lake Improvement District.

Sign Up for E-News

A “Water Taxi” will be available to shuttle people between beaches from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. As you go from beach to beach, you can pick up a “passport” and stamp it to show you’ve been at that beach. A drawing from among the cards with the most stamps will be done at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Colony Beach.

For more information, visit the Mohegan Lake Improvement District’s Facebook page (

9-10:15 a.m.—Kids’ Fishing Derby
Mohegan Beach Park, 3338 Lakeshore Drive

Bring the kids to fish in the lake. Equipment provided.

10:30-11:30 a.m.—Hike Rock Hill Park
Rock Hill Park

Hike and learn about the local bird life with Dr. Felicity Arengo, associate director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the Museum of Natural History. Wear suitable hiking shoes, and don’t forget your bug spray. Meet at the entrance kiosk, corner of Cabot Lane and Horton Road.

Noon-1:30 p.m.—Boat Races, Art on the Lake, Traditional Thai Dance
Lake Mohegan Park, 3250 Lakefront Ave.

Bring your boat and join in the fun. Take a look at works created by the talented resident community, and enjoy the performance of traditional Thai dance.

2-3:30 p.m.—Wildlife Presentation, Games for Kids
Mohegan Highlands, 3365 Mohegan Ave.

Learn about wildlife with naturalist Rick Lee of the Nature Awareness School, followed by games for the kids.

3:45-4:45 p.m.—State of the Lake Q&A
Amazon Beach Park, 1620 Wenonah Trail

Hear the latest news about Lake Mohegan, steps the Mohegan Lake Improvement District is taking to improve water quality, and how you can help.

Community Night
Mohegan Colony, 3094 Oak St.

• 6 p.m.—Games including a Molkky demonstration and light snacks
• 7 p.m.—Beach passport drawing, open mic, karaoke and storytelling
• 8 p.m.—Chinese floating lanterns
• 9 p.m.—Family-friendly movie; bring chairs, popcorn, bug spray