Log In   |   Sign Up

Advertisement

Lake Ronkonkoma - Lake Ronkonkoma NY Real Haunted Place

   
  • Lake Shore Road
  • Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
Details
Average Review
  (1 review)
Listing Categories
Real Haunted Lakes & Waterways
Open To Public
Yes - Open To Public
Share Your Experiences
Lake Ronkonkoma is Long Island’s biggest and deepest freshwater lake - it also has an eerily long list of recorded deaths by drowning and a plethora of legends surrounding it.

A number of drownings have occurred at this lake. Some may say they were accidental, while others are believed to be linked to it being haunted.

Ghost stories surrounding this lake include reports of seeing a skaters atop the lake, but upon closer look, they are dressed in clothing not of this era and the lake was not even frozen. There's also the famous legend of the daughter of a Native American chief who rowed a canoe to the center of the lake and drowned herself by tying a rock to her body. She vowed to drown one young man in the lake every year before throwing herself into the lake to drown. Legend has it that she fell in love with a white colonist and had planned to marry him, but was prevented from doing so. Grief stricken, she took the route of killing herself.

The lake is believed to not have a bottom, just an abyss of darkness that is endless. As the largest lake on Long Island, it would be impossible for a human being to reach the bottom without assistance since it is 100 feet (30 m) at its southeastern side. Something that feeds into this tale is how the water level of Lake Ronkonkoma seems to rise and fall with no relation to rainfall.

Author of “The Curse of Lake Ronkonkoma," Michael R. Ebert, delved into these allegations and found that, "One study showed that over 7 years in the early 1900s, the rainfall on Long Island was below the usual average by about 52 inches, yet the lake rose 7 feet."

Another eerie story about Lake Ronkonkoma has to do with the bodies of people who have drowned in the lake. Bodies have been found washed up in Connecticut and out in the Long Island Sound fueling claims that Lake Ronkonkoma has many hidden caverns, passageways and tunnels leading out to different locations. Other bodies have never been found.
Mouse over photos to see photo credits.
Nearby Real Haunts
Get Directions

View Larger Map

Recently Shared Experiences & Comments

Share Your Experiences
  • I nearly drowned

    I went for a swim here as a teenage boy, and was nearly pulled to the bottom by what looked like an Indian princess. There have been many petitions to drain the lake, due to all of the drownings. There was even a congressional bill, except Cuomo drained Cannan lake by mistake instead.

    Posted 6/29/19

    Was this review helpful? YES NO

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful

Share Your Experience or Comments - Lake Ronkonkoma
  • Click to rate
  • Do not use all capital letters. No profanity.
  • Tell Us About Your Experience(s) at Lake Ronkonkoma. Be specific.
  • Administrative use only. Will NOT be displayed
  • Did You Have a Paranormal Experience?
  • Have You Been To This Haunt?

  • Would you recommended to a friend?
Real Haunt Listing Info

Visitors to this page: 199
Last edit to this listing: 3/15/2017 (973 days ago)

Disclaimer: New York Haunted Houses does not endorse or support trespassing to visit real haunts. Before you visit ANY local real haunt, make sure to acquire the appropriate permits and/or permissions, and be respectful of privately owned properties. Countless Haunt Hunters have been arrested, ticketed, and reprimanded by the authorities for trespassing. To avoid this, be sure to get in touch with the property owners before visiting a haunt, and respect their hours of operation, local regulations, and rules for visiting at all times. Happy haunting!
All information on this page was submitted to New York Haunted Houses and was believed to be accurate at the time it was posted. Please report any inaccuracies here.