Sturgeon Pool

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Sturgeon Pool
Sturgeon Pond.jpg
LocationUlster County, New York
Coordinates41°50′37″N 74°02′34″W / 41.8436°N 74.0428°W / 41.8436; -74.0428Coordinates: 41°50′37″N 74°02′34″W / 41.8436°N 74.0428°W / 41.8436; -74.0428
Primary inflowsWallkill River
Primary outflowsWallkill River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area194 acres (79 ha)[1]
Average depth34 ft (10 m)[1]
Max. depth93 ft (28 m)[1]
Shore length14.4 mi (7.1 km)[1]
Surface elevation131 ft (40 m)[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Sturgeon Pool is a reservoir near the hamlet of Rifton, in the Town of Esopus in Ulster County, New York.

It was created by damming the Wallkill River just above its confluence with Rondout Creek for hydroelectricity (thus the flow of the Wallkill that reaches the Rondout is greatly attenuated, making the Wallkill a rare instance of a river that drains into a creek).

Writer J MacKinnon says that due to damming of the water supplies and over-fishing, there are now no sturgeon in Sturgeon Pool.[2]

Fish found in the lake include; smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, carp, bluegill, black crappie and white perch.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sturgeon Pool". Department of Environmental Conservation New York State. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  2. ^ MacKinnon, J. B. (2013). The Once and Future World: Nature as It Was, as It Is, as It Could Be. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 9780544103054.
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