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Red House Lake

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Red House Lake - Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York

Photos by Gerri Jones
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     Beginning with New York State's purchase of 7000 acres of forestland in 1921, Allegany State Park has grown over the years to become the state's Tudor style administration building largest state park. Divided into two sections, the Red House Area occupies the northern half, with the Quaker Area extending southward to the Pennsylvania border. Here, the region is dominated by the Allegheny Highlands Forest Bio Region and a rumpled landscape of Appalachian foothills.
     The Red House Area is centered on Red House Lake and a historic Tudor style administration building. Bonds issued in 1924 funded the beginning of park construction. Along with the impressive administration building, the Red House Dam and cabins were some of the first projects undertaken. The park was further developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, constructing roads, bridges, camping areas and laying out miles of hiking trails. Red House Lake Reflection
     With so much acreage, countless amenities and recreation venues, visitors may find it difficult to choose from swimming, boating, picnicking, horseback riding and fishing. Some of the area's cabins remain open all year, enticing park guest to explore some of the finest groomed cross country ski trails in the northeast. Ice fishing and snowboarding extend the park's lure all year long.

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