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About Mahopac



Distance to NYC: 50 Miles

Mahopac is a hamlet located in the town of Carmel in historic Putnam County.  Mahopac combines the best of suburban and rural living. Picturesque lakes, reservoirs, and rolling countryside provide the setting for parks, playgrounds, and facilities for boating, fishing, skating, swimming, golf and tennis.


The town was settled by an Algonquin tribe and first patented in 1697. Today, it is an exurb of New York City, just 35 miles north of The Bronx.

Putnam County was incorporated in 1812, and the area grew steadily afterward. Mahopac became a booming summer resort community in the mid-1800s. Since then, Mahopac has developed into an upper middle-class town within commuting distance of New York City, with most people living in it year-round.

Mahopac Falls originated around a large grist mill which drew its power from the fast-running stream flowing from Kirk Lake and Lake Mahopac, near the present-day intersection of Route 6N, Hill Street, and Myrtle Avenue.

The hamlet of Mahopac is placed around the 587 acre large lake, called Lake Mahopac. There are two islands in the lake, Petra and Canopus. Petra is privately owned, and Canopus has available land to buy for docks and camping.

Schools and Educational Facilities

The Mahopac Central School District is divided into six schools: an all-kindergarten facility (the Falls School), three 1-5 schools (Lakeview, Fulmar Road, and Austin Road), a Middle School (Mahopac MS) and a High School (Mahopac HS).

In athletics, the "Indians" have won several New York State Championships and boast strong legacies in wrestling, gymnastics, field hockey, baseball, and lacrosse.  The lacrosse program defeated perennial state powerhouse West Genesee in 1996 to capture its first state crown. The football team takes part in a yearly rivalry between the neighboring Carmel High School Rams.


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