Lake Minnewaska used to be a pristine crystal blue lake. I grew up going to Lake Minnewaska and stayed at the hotel many times. I used to cliff dive off the rocks by the boat house, canue around the whole lake, dive down and drink the cold crisp clean water, explore marked and unmarked trails, spend hours eating blueberries in the middle of nowhere. Lake Minnewaska was alway a special place. The most beutiful lake I've ever seen until yesterday. Now the lake is murky brown. A common lake with FISH in it! How did fish get in the lake and change the ecology? What happened to that special pristine lake?!! The state took over Lake Minnewaska from the Phillips/Smiley Family who governed over the land for almost 150 years and it didn't take long before they destroyed it. What happened?????