Second Saturday Stroll: Laurel Lake Preserve

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Laurel Lake Preserve

Laurel Lake Preserve is an excellent place for hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Laurel Lake itself is a kettlehole that may be as deep as 70 feet in some places. It is home to a diverse fish population including bass, pickerel, and perch. Through a fifteen year cooperative effort of the Peconic Land Trust (PLT), Southold Town, Suffolk County, N.Y.S. D.E.C., and the Suffolk County Water Authority, a large conservation area surrounding Laurel Lake has been preserved.

This is an area critical to the drinking water supply of Southold. In 1985, Jack McFeely purchased a 31-acre wooded parcel from the Diocese of Rockville Center that had been “Camp Molloy” from 1928 through the mid 1960s. Jack and his wife, Mary had a strong appreciation for the natural beauty of the land, so instead of developing it, they worked with the PLT to preserve it. The protection of the McFeely property has enabled the Town and the Trust to create an accessible trailhead. Click here for a trail map.

Second Saturday Strolls, to be held on the second Saturday of each month through October are free and ad hoc. Whomever shows can take a stroll in the company of others in our community. Go at your own pace and enjoy the nature around you. For park accessibility please contact Southold Town.

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