Day 404

Oakland Lake

February 6th, 2013

A "15,000-year-old spring-fed glacial kettle pond" once thought to be 600 feet deep


  1. Steve says:

    From the NYC parks site:
    In 1969, a diving expedition went in search of the lake bottom, undergoing elaborate emergency prevention measures in case the alleged river’s current was too strong. However, the dive proved that the lake was only approximately 20 feet deep and did not lead to an underground river as legend claimed.

    Why not just row out there and take a sounding with a line and a rock?

    • Matt Green says:

      A lot of people had had that idea, but the Parks Department kept vigilant watch to prevent them, knowing it would mess up the story they wanted to put on a sign one day. Ignorance is bliss!

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