Indian Lake, New York

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Indian Lake is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 1,471 at the 2000 census. The name is from a large lake partly inside the town.

The Town of Indian Lake is on the east border of the county and is northeast of Utica.

Indian Lake terms itself the "Moose capital of the Northeast."



The Town of Indian Lake was established in 1858 from the Towns of Gilman (now defunct), Long Lake, and Wells. In 1861, Indian Lake was expanded using territory from Gilman and Lake Pleasant, New York.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 266.2 square miles (689.5 km²). 252.8 square miles (654.8 km². 13.4 square miles (34.7 km²) of Indian Lake is land making 5.03% of the village, water.

The town lies within the Adirondack Park. Essex County and Warren County border its east. In the village center, the east-west State Highway 28 meets the north-south highway 30. THe Hudson River forms part of the eastern town line.


According to the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,471 people, 651 households, and 425 families residing in the town. The population density is 5.8 people per square mile (2.2/km²). There are 1,722 housing units with an average density of 6.8/sq mi (2.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 97.96% White, 0.34% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.75% multi-racial. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

Within the town's 651 households, 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female head of household, and 34.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone livin g alone and 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town the population under the age of 18 is 20.0%, with 4.7% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

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