Inlet, New York

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Inlet is a town in Hamilton County, New York in the United States of America. The population was 406 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from its location on an adjacent lake.

The Town of Inlet is on the western edge of the county.



The area developed to service the needs of many sportsman after the middle of the 19th Century, and was known as the "Inlet on Fourth Lake."

The Town of Inlet was formed in 1901 from the north part of the Town of Morehouse.

In 1901, the community of Inlet set itself off as a village by incorporation, but has since abandoned that status.

About the Area

Inlet has been a hub of Adirondack eco-tourism for more than a century. There are a number of activities for the whole family available within minutes of accommodations that are perfect for an Adirondack family vacation. Inlet is surrounded by over one million acres (4,000 km²) of lands within the Adirondack Park that are easily accessible. They like to say: "share our good nature."

Arrowhead Park is located right in the center of downtown Inlet on Route 28, on beautiful Fourth Lake and is always a surprise to visitors coming to our area for the first time. The park has a picnic area with tables and grills for cooking, a clean bath house, a children's play area with the latest equipment, a baseball field with bleachers and dugouts, tennis courts, a boardwalk along the channel to Forth Lake, a beach for sunbathing and swimming with a lifeguard on duty each day during the summer season, a lovely expanse of well manicured grass with planting of wildflowers here and there, many evergreen trees for shade, and many benches to rest on and enjoy the view of the lake and the mountains that surround it. In the evening the sunset is spectacular from this point and on the weekends during the summer there is live music to entertain one and all.

"An American Tragedy", Theodore Dreiser's award-winning novel based on the murder of Grace Brown, included a scene at Arrowhead. The murder took place in Punkey Bay on Big Moose Lake in 1906. Three days later, Chester Gillette was arrested at the Arrowhead Hotel in Inlet, the site of the present Arrowhead Park. Gillette was sentenced to die on the electric chair in Auburn, New York. The book was later made into the movie "A Place in the Sun" starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 66.4 square miles (172.0 km²), of which, 62.3 square miles (161.3 km²) of it is land and 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it (6.19%) is water.

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