Sullivan County lake real estate
Yankee Lake, Wurtsboro, NY

Yankee Lake, near Wurtsboro, NY

Yankee is the largest non-motorboat lake in Sullivan County, 410 acres in size, 2 1/2 miles long and from 1 to 2 miles wide. The lake is shallower than many, averaging about eight feet, but there are sections where the lake depth is thirty or more feet. Unlike a lot of shallower lakes, there aren’t large swaths of wetlands shoreline, and the lake is quite good for swimming and fishing. A feature is a small island in the center of the lake that owners can kayak or canoe to for a picnic.

Most lake houses here are on small parcels, often a quarter acre or less, and houses can be pretty tightly spaced. This is the kind of lake where friends chat with each other from their docks and kids run between houses on the lake. If you’re looking for lakefront privacy, Yankee probably isn’t a top pick. But if you like that “kids of summer” vibe, it’s a great fit. Note, though, that everything here isn’t chock-a-block. There are parts of the lake where houses are on larger parcels or have a surprising amount of privacy. Yankee is a lake with a lot of variability in the housing, and as a result a wide range of prices. There are still some seasonal lakefront cottages here that haven’t been updated in fifty years that buyers can occasionally snap up in the low $200’s — but be warned, some are in great condition, but many need considerable work. Larger lakefront houses can push above $500,000 here, but in general a budget of $300,000 to $400,000 is about right for a 3 bedroom lakefront year rounder at Yankee.

Non-lakefront houses are an option as well, with prices starting in the low $100’s for a small cottage and going into the mid $200’s for a larger house. However, Yankee does not have a central community beach. Lake access for non-lakefront owners is via rights of way at various points around the lake, where you can access the lake, swim and usually keep a kayak or canoe.

Rentals are permitted at Yankee, so this is a good option for buyers looking to rent out a few weekends to help with expenses.

Yankee Lake Quick Facts
  • Non-motorboat lake
  • 400+ acres
  • Private, no public access, not not gated. (Roads are public and town maintained.)
  • 72 miles from the George Washington Bridge
  • Parcel sizes: generally about 1/4 to 1/2 acre, with a few houses on larger parcels
  • Rentals permitted
  • Community facilities include a clubhouse, sport court and shared acreage, but no central community beach. Non-lakefront houses have lake access via shared rights of way at various points around the lake
  • House prices: Lakefront $200,000 to $600,000. Non-lakefront $125,000 to $250,000.

Finding real estate for sale at Yankee Lake:

Yankee Lake is located in an MLS “cross over” area, where properties may be listed by agents in Sullivan or Orange county. Also listings here may not be accurately ‘coded’ as Yankee Lake, so it can be challenging to zero in on properties here using an online search. If Yankee Lake is of interest, send me an email with what you’re looking for, and I’ll check out what’s available.