Lakes Carasaljo and Shenandoah Professional Review and Guide
"It was a pleasure to find two nice lakes to paddle in a densely populated town rife with industrial parks. Long and narrow, Lake Carasaljo’s 70 acres is bordered almost completely by a wide, lightly wooded swath of municipal park. Bikers, joggers, and walkers make their way along a trail on the southern shore that weaves through the trees along the shoreline. A small, sandy swimming beach is located midway on the north side.
The best paddling is on the western half, away from Route 9. Depending on water levels, you may be able to paddle up Carasaljo River at the extreme western end of the lake for a 0.5-mile or more. Lake Shenandoah County Park was once part of John D. Rockefeller’s vacation estate, to which hemlock and unique specimen trees were imported from all over the country. More than 140 acres of park offer biking and hiking trails, a small picnic area, and restrooms. Dense woods to the south, east, and northeast surround the park’s 50-acre lake. On the northwest side, tall grasses give way to dense shrubs and saplings, a perfect habitat for box turtles and black racers, a fast-moving, satiny black snake. Two islands halfway down the lake add a spark of interest to your trip. Though Lake Shenandoah may be a little smaller, its location on the outskirts of town makes this a better paddle."