Above photo and slogan is courtesy of the Conesus Lake Association (CLA)
Coordinates: 42.49312°N 77.56693°W
Elevation: about 1720 feet above sea level
Loon Lake is located near the intersection of State Route 21 and County Road 92 (also known as Kiefer Corners Orchard Comford Road) in the southern part of the Town of Wayland in the western part of Steuben County.
Loon Lake is an irregularly shaped, 141-acre lake. Despite the fact that the lake is at an elevation above 1700 ft., the lake is in a valley surrounded by hills. The entire valley along State Route 21 has an interesting drainage pattern with a creek, wetlands, and ponds, which attract a lot of wildlife, especially birds. The lake has no outlets, but water does percolate through the soil to Naples creek, the Cohocton river and into the Chesapeake watershed to the South and to the Genesee river and the Great Lakes watershed to the North.
The entire lake is surrounded by houses that make up the Loon Lake Community. The community has a notice board at the intersection of Loon Lake and East Lake roads, which outlines the rules for use of the lake. At the intersection of State Route 21 and Chapel Road is Loon Lake Chapel. The ringing of its bells can be heard across the lake every Sunday morning.
Residents around the lake have a boat parade and create a “ring of fire” every Fourth of July.
Boating, including motorboats, is permitted on the lake, however, there is no public access. Laf-A-Lot–a restaurant that is said to have the oldest liquor license in the state (100 Laf A Lot Rd., Wayland, NY 14572, 585-728-3722)–has a concrete ramp. A fee is charged to use the ramp for launching boats.