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New York

New York is the nation's third most populous state and ranks as the 27th largest state by size. It is often referred to as New York State to distinguish it from New York City, which, with a population of over 8,000,000 people, is the most populous city in the United States. Both State and City were named for the 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart, the future James II and VII from England and Scotland.

In contrast with New York's urban atmosphere, the vast majority of the State is dominated by farms, forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York's Adirondack Park is the largest state park in the United States. It is larger than the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Olympic National Parks combined. New York established the first state park in the United States at Niagara Falls in 1885. Today the state has 178 State Parks.

Upstate New York and Downstate New York are terms often used informally to distinguish New York City or its greater metropolitan area from the rest of New York State. The placement of a boundary between the two is a matter of great contention. Unofficial and loosely defined regions of Upstate New York include the Southern Tier which often includes the counties along the border with Pennsylvania, and the North Country which can mean anything from the strip along the Canadian border to everything north of the Mohawk River.

Weather in New York is heavily influenced by two continental air masses: a warm, humid one from the southwest and a cold, dry one from the northwest.

The winters are long and cold in the Plateau Divisions of the state. The summer climate is cool in the Adirondacks, Catskills and higher elevations of the Southern Plateau.

The New York City/Long Island area and lower portions of the Hudson Valley have rather warm summers by comparison, with some periods of high, uncomfortable humidity. The remainder of New York State enjoys pleasantly warm summers, marred by only occasional, brief intervals of sultry conditions.

Water Bodies

  • Afton Lake
  • Allen Falls Reservoir
  • Amber Lake
  • Amity Lake
  • Ampersand Lake
  • Antler Lake
  • Arnold Lake
  • Artist Lake
  • Aspen Lake
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Augar Lake
  • Augur Lake
  • Ausable River
  • Ausable River
  • Autumn Lake
  • Avalanche Lake
  • Babcock Lake
  • Ballston Creek
  • Ballston Lake
  • Balsam Pond
  • Bass Lake
  • Battenkill River
  • Bear Gulch Lake
  • Beardslee Lake
  • Beaver Brook Lake
  • Beaver Dam Lake
  • Beaver Kill
  • Beaver Lake
  • Beaver Meadow Lake
  • Beaver Pond
  • Beaver River
  • Beaverdam Lake
  • Beaverkill River
  • Berkshire Lake
  • Big Bay Creek
  • Big Fresh Pond
  • Big Moose Lake
  • Black Lake
  • Black Lake
  • Black Lake - Sullivan County
  • Black River
  • Blind Sodus Bay Lake
  • Blue Mountain Lake
  • Blueberry Lake
  • Bodine Lake
  • Bog River
  • Bouquet River
  • Boyd Point
  • Brackett Lake
  • Bradley Brook Reservoir
  • Brant Lake
  • Brantingham Lake
  • Brantingham Lake
  • Brokenstraw Creek
  • Bronx River
  • Buck Horn Lake
  • Buck Horn Lake
  • Buck Lake
  • Buffalo River
  • Burden Lake
  • Burnt Meadow Lake (Twin Ponds)
  • Burnt Pond
  • Canaan Lake
  • Canada Lake
  • Canadarago Lake
  • Canadarago Lake
  • Canadice Lake
  • Canandaigua Lake
  • Canandaigua Outlet
  • Canisteo River
  • Cannonsville Reservoir
  • Carmans River
  • Caroga Creek
  • Caroga Lake
  • Catfish Creek
  • Catherine Creek
  • Catlin Lake
  • Cattaraugus Creek
  • Cayuga Lake
  • Cayuga Lake
  • Cayuga-Seneca Canal
  • Cayuta Creek
  • Cayuta Lake
  • Cazenovia Lake
  • Cazenovia Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Cedar River
  • Chadwick Lake
  • Chateaugay Lake
  • Chateauguay River
  • Chautauqua Lake
  • Chautauqua Lake
  • Chazy Lake
  • Chazy River
  • Chemung River
  • Chenango Lake
  • Chenango River
  • Chittenango Creek
  • Chrysler Pond
  • Clear Lake
  • Clearwater Farm Lake
  • Coan Pond
  • Cohocton River
  • Cold River
  • Conesus Lake
  • Conifer Lake
  • Connetquot River
  • Cooks Pond
  • Copake Lake
  • Copeland Pond
  • Cossayuna Lake
  • Cossayuna Lake
  • Cranberry Lake
  • Cranberry Lake
  • Cranberry Pond
  • Crooked Lake
  • Cross Lake
  • Cross River
  • Croton River
  • Crystal Creek Lake
  • Crystal Lake
  • Dahlias Pond
  • Daigneau Pond
  • Dead Mans Pond
  • Deep Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Deer River
  • Delaware Lake
  • Delaware River
  • Delta Lake
  • Delta Reservoir
  • Demons Lake
  • Deruyter Lake
  • Duane Lake
  • Duck Lake
  • Dyken Pond
  • Eagle Crag Lake
  • Eagle Lake
  • East Branch Delaware River
  • East Canada Creek
  • East Canada Creek
  • East River
  • East Stoner Lake
  • Eaton Brook Lake
  • Eaton Reservoir
  • Echo Lake
  • Edgewood Lakes
  • Effley Falls
  • Elk Lake
  • Elko Lake - North Pond
  • Ellicott Creek
  • Emerald Green Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Erie Canal
  • Erie Lake
  • Esopus Creek
  • Esopus Stream
  • Evans Lake
  • Evergreen Lake
  • Faun Lake
  • Fawn Lake
  • Fern Lake
  • Ferris Lake
  • Fifth Lake
  • Filippinis Pond
  • Findley Lake
  • Finger Lakes
  • First Lake
  • Fish Creek
  • Flushing River
  • Forest Lake
  • Forestburgh Pond
  • Forked Lake
  • Forth Lake
  • Fourth Lake
  • French Creek
  • Fresh Kills
  • Friends Lake
  • Fulton Chain Lakes
  • Fulton Chain of Lakes
  • Galway Lake
  • Galway Lake
  • Garnet Lake
  • Genegantslet Lake
  • Gifford Lake
  • Glass Lake
  • Glen Lake
  • Goodyear Lake
  • Goose Creek Lake
  • Gorton Lake
  • Grasse River
  • Great Chazy River
  • Great Peconic Bay
  • Great Sacandaga Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Greenwood Lake
  • Guilford Lake
  • Gull Pond
  • Hackensack River
  • Hadlock Pond
  • Harlem River
  • Harris Lake
  • Harrisburg Lake
  • Heart Lake
  • Hedges Lake
  • Heldeberg Lake
  • Hemlock Lake
  • Henderson Lake
  • Hiawatha Lake
  • Highland Lake
  • Hinckley Reservoir
  • Hoel Pond
  • Honeoye Lake
  • Honeyoye Lake
  • Hoosic River
  • Hope Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Houston River
  • Hudson River
  • Hunt Lake
  • Hunter Lake
  • Hutchinson River
  • Hyde Lake
  • Independence River
  • Indian Fields Lake
  • Indian Lake
  • Indian River
  • Irondequoit Bay
  • Jamaica Bay
  • Jamesville Reservoir
  • Jerseyfield Lake
  • Joe Indian Pond
  • Jones Lake
  • Kasoag Lake
  • Kayaderosseras Creek
  • Kayuta Lake
  • Kazens Pond
  • Kenoza Lake
  • Keuka Lake
  • Keyser Lake
  • Kiamesha Lake
  • Kinderhook Lake
  • Kiwassa Lake
  • Knickerbocker Lake
  • Lake Adirondack
  • Lake Algonquin
  • Lake Alice (Waterport Pond)
  • Lake Bonaparte
  • Lake Carmel
  • Lake Champlain
  • Lake Clear
  • Lake Colden
  • Lake Como
  • Lake Cuba
  • Lake Demon / Demons Pond
  • Lake Desolation
  • Lake Devenoge
  • Lake Diana
  • Lake Dixon
  • Lake Edward
  • Lake Elizabeth
  • Lake Erie
  • Lake Flower
  • Lake Gay
  • Lake George
  • Lake Gerry
  • Lake Gilead
  • Lake Gleneida
  • Lake Hiram
  • Lake Huntington
  • Lake in the Sky
  • Lake Innisfree
  • Lake Jefferson
  • Lake Joseph
  • Lake Kanawauke
  • Lake Kitchawan
  • Lake Kushaqua
  • Lake Lafever
  • Lake Lamoka
  • Lake Lauderdale
  • Lake Lila
  • Lake Lincolndale
  • Lake Lonely
  • Lake Long Island
  • Lake Lorraine
  • Lake Louise Marie
  • Lake Louise Marie
  • Lake Luzerne
  • Lake Madeline
  • Lake Mahopac
  • Lake Maratanza
  • Lake Mohegan
  • Lake Moraine
  • Lake Morris
  • Lake Muskoday
  • Lake Nancy
  • Lake of the Isles
  • Lake Ontario - Cayuga County
  • Lake Ontario - Guffin Bay
  • Lake Ontario - Jefferson County
  • Lake Ontario - Monroe County
  • Lake Ontario - Niagara County
  • Lake Ontario - Orleans County
  • Lake Ontario - Oswego County
  • Lake Ontario - Wayne County
  • Lake Oscawana
  • Lake Ozonia
  • Lake Panamoka
  • Lake Peekskill
  • Lake Placid
  • Lake Pleasant
  • Lake Pleasant
  • Lake Ronkonkoma
  • Lake Roxanne
  • Lake Salubria
  • Lake Sebago
  • Lake Simond
  • Lake Tappan
  • Lake Tear of the Clouds
  • Lake Tekeni
  • Lake Tibet
  • Lake Tiorati
  • Lake Titus
  • Lake Truesdale
  • Lake Valhalla
  • Lake Washington
  • Lake Welsh
  • Lamoka Lake
  • Lamoka Lake
  • Larchwood Lake
  • Laurel Lake
  • Lelands Pond
  • Lewey Lake
  • Lily Lake
  • Lincoln Pond
  • Lindsey Creek
  • Little Bowman Pond
  • Little Buck Mountain Pond
  • Little Moose Lake
  • Little Salmon River
  • Little Sandy Creek
  • Little Sodus Bay
  • Little Tupper Lake
  • Little Wolf Pond
  • Little York Lake
  • Loch Ada Lake
  • Loch Sheldrake
  • Long Island Sound
  • Long Lake
  • Long Lake - Fulton County
  • Long Lake - Hamilton County
  • Long Pond
  • Loon Lake
  • Lorton Lake
  • Loucks Pond
  • Lower Ausable Lake
  • Lower Chateaugay Lake
  • Lower Little York Lake
  • Lower Rhoda Pond
  • Lower Saranac Lake
  • Lower St. Regis Lake
  • Lows Lake
  • Madonna Lake
  • Mariaville Lake
  • Marion River
  • Marsh Pond
  • Masten Lake
  • Masten Lake
  • Mayfield Lake
  • McAuleys Lake
  • McDougall Lake
  • Meacham Lake
  • Meander Trout Stream
  • Melody Lake
  • Merriewold Lake
  • Merritts Pond
  • Mettowee River
  • Miami River
  • Middle Saranac Lake
  • Middle Sprite Creek
  • Mill Creek Lake
  • Mill Stream
  • Minerva Lake
  • Mohawk River
  • Mohawk River
  • Mohegan Lake
  • Mohican Lake
  • Montgomery Lake
  • Moose River
  • Moose River
  • Mountain Lake
  • Mountain Lake - Fulton County
  • Mountain Lake - Sullivan County
  • Mountain View Lake
  • Mountain View Pond
  • Mud Lake
  • Mud Lake Pond
  • Murphy Lake
  • Nassau Lake
  • Neversink River
  • Neversink River
  • Newcomb Lake
  • Newkirk Lake
  • Niagara River
  • Niagara River
  • Nissequogue River
  • North Creek
  • North Pond - Chenango County
  • North Sandy Pond
  • Northville Lake
  • Notch Lake
  • O Heyser Creek
  • Oak Orchard River
  • Oatka Creek
  • Oil Creek
  • Onderdonk Lake
  • Oneida Lake
  • Oneida River
  • Onondaga Lake
  • Onteora Lake
  • Oquaga Lake
  • Orange Lake
  • Oriskany Creek
  • Oscawana Lake
  • Oseetah Lake
  • Oswegatchie River
  • Oswego River
  • Otisco Lake
  • Otsego Lake
  • Otselic River
  • Otter Lake - Cayuga County
  • Otter Lake - Oneida County
  • Oven Mountain Pond
  • Owasco Lake
  • Owl Pond
  • Panther Lake
  • Paradox Lake
  • Peach Lake
  • Pecks Lake
  • Peconic River
  • Pepacton Reservoir
  • Pine Lake
  • Piseco Lake
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Pleasure Lake
  • Plymouth Reservoir
  • Pops Hobby Lake
  • Port Bay
  • Portaferry Lake
  • Putnam Lake
  • Queechy Lake
  • Ragged Lake
  • Rainbow Falls Reservoir
  • Rainbow Lake
  • Ramapo River
  • Raquette Lake
  • Raquette Pond
  • Raquette River
  • Rhoda Lake
  • Rich Lake
  • Richmond Creek
  • Roaring Brook Lake
  • Robinson Pond
  • Rockwood Reservoir
  • Rondaxe Lake
  • Rondout Creek
  • Round Island
  • Round Lake
  • Rushford Lake
  • Sacandaga Lake - Hamilton County
  • Sacandaga River
  • Sackett Lake
  • Saddle River
  • Salmon River
  • Salmon River Reservoir
  • Sand Pond
  • Sandy Pond - Oswego County
  • Saranac River
  • Saratoga Lake
  • Saw Kill River
  • Saw Mill River
  • Schoharie Creek
  • Schoolhouse Pond
  • Schroon Lake
  • Schroon River
  • Scott Lake
  • Second Lake
  • Seneca Cayuga River
  • Seneca Lake
  • Seneca River
  • Serenity Lake
  • Seven Hills Lake
  • Seventh Lake
  • Seward Lake
  • Shandelee Lake
  • Shawangunk Kill River
  • Sherman Lake
  • Shinnecock Bay
  • Silver Lake
  • Sisley Ponds
  • Sixth Lake
  • Skaneateles Lake
  • Skinner Creek
  • Sleepy Hollow Lake
  • Smith Pond
  • Snowbird Lake
  • Snyder Pond
  • Soft Maple Lake
  • Solon Pond
  • Somerset Lake
  • Song Lake
  • South Long Pond
  • South River
  • Spencer Lake
  • Spitfire Lake
  • Spring Lake
  • Spruce Brook
  • Spruce Lake
  • St. Lawrence River
  • St. Regis River
  • Star Lake
  • Steere Pond
  • Sterling Creek
  • Stoner Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Susquehanna River
  • Swan Lake
  • Swinging Bridge Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Tackawasick Lake
  • Tanzman Lake
  • Tefft Pond
  • Tennanah Lake
  • The Floe Lake
  • Third Lake
  • Thirteenth Lake
  • Thompsons Lake
  • Timber Lake
  • Tioughnioga River
  • Titus Lake
  • Tomahawk Lake
  • Tomhannock Reservoir
  • Tomkins Lake
  • Tonawanda Creek
  • Tonetta Lake
  • Toronto Reservoir
  • Treasure Lake
  • Triangle Lake
  • Tripp Lake
  • Trout Brook
  • Trout Lake
  • Tully Lake
  • Tunis Lake
  • Tupper Lake
  • Tuscarora Lake
  • Twin Lakes
  • Twin Ponds/Burnt Meadow Lake
  • Ulster Heights Lake
  • Unadilla River
  • Union Falls Pond
  • Upper Ausable Lake
  • Upper Chateaugay Lake
  • Upper Salmon River Reservoir
  • Upper Saranac Lake
  • Upper St. Regis Lake
  • Utowana Lake
  • Walton Lake
  • Wanaksink Lake
  • Waneta Lake
  • Wappinger Creek
  • Warners Lake
  • Washington Lake
  • Webatuck Creek
  • Weiden Lake
  • West Branch Delaware River
  • West Canada Creek
  • West Stoner Lake
  • West Stoney Creek
  • Whaley Lake
  • White Birch Lake
  • White Lake
  • Whiting Hollow Lake
  • Widlerness Lake
  • Wildwood Lake
  • Wolf Lake
  • Wood Creek
  • Woodhill Creek
  • Woodland Lake
  • Yankee Lake
  • Yankee Lake
  • York Lake
  • Youngs Lake

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