Welcome to Lake Ronkonkoma, home to Long Island's Largest Lake.

There's so much to tell you about Lake Ronkonkoma that we're still trying to put it all together. So this area is still under construction.

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Lake Ronkonkoma News and General Info

What kind of name is Ronkonkoma? Like many American Indian words, the exact meaning of "ronkonkoma" has had various interpretations. The most common is "boundry fishing place," which reflects the lake's position as a point where the boundries of four tribes met: the Nissequoges, Setaukets, Secatogs, and Unkechaugs. Other translations include "glittering white sand," and "wild goose resting place." Various spellings of the word have also been recorded, such as Raconkamuch, Ronconcamuck, Raconckony, and Reconkemeck. (Thanks to "Historical Footprints," copyright 1963, Ronkonkoma Review)

How do you pronounce "Ronkonkoma?" There are four syllables in the word: RON (as in Ronald) KONK (as in a ‘conk’ on the head) O (as in ‘oh’) MA (as in ‘muh’) RON – KONK – O – MA See, now wasn’t that easy. I knew you could do it.

Well, I guess that was easy, but can I hear someone else say it? Sure, listen to the local Lake Ronkonkoma radio station, operated by Sachem High School, at WSHR 91.9 FM. Not only will you hear great music, I'm sure they'll say the word at least once. http://www.ontheradio.net/radiostations/wshrfm.aspx
Local news and information: http://www.ronkonkomas.com/ http://www.myronkonkoma.com
Local news for Lake Ronkonkoma continually updated from thousands of sources on the web: http://www.topix.net/city/lake-ronkonkoma-ny
The Wikipedia entry for Lake Ronkonkoma: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Ronkonkoma,_New_York
Local community information: http://www.licentral.com/lakeronkonkoma/
Long Island Rail Road train schedules: http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/lirr/html/ttn/ronkonko.htm
Where can I get those really fashionable Civic shirts and bags that I see people wearing around town? You can find those items and more in the Civic's Online Shop. Proceeds from purchases support your Civic. http://www.cafepress.com/ronkonkomacivic



Lake Ronkonkoma Business Community

Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Ronkonkomas: http://www.ronkonkomachamber.com
Directory of local businesses and services: http://www.lakeronkonkomanewyork.com/
Listing of local restaurants: http://lakeronkonkoma.areaconnect.com/restaurants/



How Deep is the Lake, What's in It, and What Can I do in It?

Is there a prehistoric monster living in the lake? Maybe, maybe not. Read our article from the April (as in "fools") newsletter.
The lake is perfect for canoeing and kayaking. For more information on getting started in paddling around, try North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak at www.getthenack.org
When you're done paddling it's time to start fishing. The primary gamefish in Lake Ronkonkoma are largemouth and smallmouth bass. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24173.html
Did they really drop tree stumps in the Lake with helicopters? You bet they did (no, really): http://www.thefishingline.com/lake1.htm
Lake Ronkonkoma County Park:The park is located off Smithtown Blvd, along Lake Shore Road, at the northern shore of Lake Ronkonkoma. http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/webtemp1.cfm?dept=10&id=875
Every Saturday morning you can watch model yachts sail on the Lake: http://www.lakesidemsc.org/
Who's buried in Lake Ronkonkoma? (Well, maybe not in the Lake, but near it.) http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=city&FScityid=102139
The legend of the Poospatuck (say that ten times fast) Indian Princess of the Lake; some say she's still in the Lake: http://www.geocities.com/timmlimm/princess.htm



Lake Ronkonkoma History, Legends, & Myths

The Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society has a museum you can visit, at 328 Hawkins Avenue, most Saturday afternoons, or by appointment by calling (631) 467-3152. Membership meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month, 7:00 PM, at the museum. http://www.lakerhs.org/about-us.shtml
The famous 19th century stage actress, Maude Adams, lived in Lake Ronkonkoma: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maude_Adams
In 1917 Maude Adams donated her estate at Lake Ronkonkoma, Sandy Garth, to the Sisters of St. Regis for use as a novitiate and retreat house. It is now known as The Cenacle. http://www.cenaclesisters.org/ronkonkoma.htm
History of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department http://www.ronkonkomafd.com/historyrfd.htm
General information about history and myths: http://wotan.liu.edu/~esenig/homepage.html
Is there a prehistoric monster living in the lake? Maybe, maybe not. Read our article from the April (as in "fools") newsletter.
Who's buried in Lake Ronkonkoma? (Well, maybe not in the Lake, but near it.) http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=city&FScityid=102139
The legend of the Poospatuck (say that ten times fast) Indian Princess of the Lake: http://www.geocities.com/timmlimm/princess.htm
Did they really drop tree stumps in the Lake with helicopters? You bet they did (no, really): http://www.thefishingline.com/lake1.htm
The Wikipedia entry for Lake Ronkonkoma: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Ronkonkoma,_New_York


Hungry?

Listing of local restaurants: http://lakeronkonkoma.areaconnect.com/restaurants/


Local Government

The hamlet of Lake Ronkonkoma is located in the Town of Brookhaven: http://www.brookhaven.org/
The Town of Brookhaven is located in the County of Suffolk: http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/