Lamoka Lake is one of the non-Finger Lakes in central New York State. It is fed by local springs and rain and snow and drains into the Cohocton River. (The Finger Lakes drain into rivers and streams that feed Lake Ontario, the Mohawk River and the St. Lawrence systems.)
There are boat launches and marinas all around the lake where you can bring your small-to-medium sized boat or rent one. Canoeing and kayaking are by far the preferred boating methods on this small quiet lake. There are public launch areas on route 23 just north of the lake where the inlet connects Lamoka to Waneta Lake. Private launches and rental places are along the east side of the lake on Lamoka Lake Road and Wellers Road.
Fishing is popular but don't expect any of the big ones. Most of the catch are perch, bluegill and crappies and small bass; good pan fish for frying but nothing like the pike, trout and salmon that you can catch from the much deeper Finger Lakes.
There are also cabins and cottages that are for rent during the summer season. The local paper in Tyrone has an insert of available properties for rent. You can call 315-694-2658 or 800-580-4733 for further information.
The lake is also called Mud Lake because of the sediment that churns up in the spring turn-over for the lake. The bottom of the lake is fine sediment that is brought up by heavy winds and storms during the late summer also.
to get there:
from Altay, just take route 226 west to meet route 23. you can access the lake from side roads that branch from those routes on the east side of the lake. The west side of the lake is more private homes and is reachable by taking route 23 west to route 24 and going south to connect to the small secondary roads that lead east to the lake.
There is only one church in Altay and that is the Baptist Church on Six Corners Road, just north of route 226. It is a very small hometown church.
Other churches in the area are:
St. Andrews (Catholic) Church in Dundee at the corner of Union and route 14A (315-536-7459)
Mennonite in Crystal Springs on route 230 (607-243-7209)
Presbyterian Church in Dundee on route 14A (607-243-8514)
United Methodist in Dundee on route 14A (607-243-7242)
There are more in Watkins Glen but that is a bit far away. You could look in the Watkins Glen Travel Guide to see what is available.