History

Because of its crystal clear water, Summit Lake has a long history of serving the community. In 1860, in his book Gazetteer of the State of New York: Embracing a Comprehensive View of the State, J. H. French describes Summit Lake (also at that time called Argyle Lake) as "a picturesque sheet of water in the country, upon the very summit of the central range of hills. Two sawmills are supplied by its outlet."

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Photographs above, most likely taken during the Argyle Town Picnic, August 1900. (From the Clara Huggins Collection, courtesy of Michael Huggins)


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Looking west from Miller Road. (Courtesy of Joyce Paul and Sue Harrington)



From 1927 to the mid 1980's a summer camp, first named Camp Argyle, then Camp Algonquin, thrived on the northeast shores of the lake. Bugle calls and loudspeaker announcements became the fabric of summer life on Summit Lake. The land was eventually auctioned off in 1987 to the Summit Lake Development Corporation. ("Camp Arygle" by Ken Eggleston in Argyle, My Argyle, published by the Argyle History Group in 1998.)

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Northeast end when Summit Lake was also called also called Tinkey's Lake and before Camp Algonquin was built. (Courtesy of Joyce Paul and Sue Harrington)


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Camp Algonquin when it was called Camp Argyle.(Courtesy of Joyce Paul and Sue Harrington)


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Postcard of Camp Algonquin which depicts activities at the camp. (Courtesy of Mike Lockhart)



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