The Lake Ronkonkoma area was first settled by Europeans in the 1600s. Prior to their arrival the area was already inhabited by Native Americans, such as the Iroquois. In the early 1900s Lake Ronkonkoma was known for its summer homes. The beach front provided a setting for many people to go and unwind. A reminder this time period can be seen in the remains of a small, recently closed used book store. The store used to be a refreshment stand for beach patrons.

Lake Ronkonkoma has had many tales told about it. These have included that the lake is bottomless, has a tunnel leading to Connecticut, and a tunnel to Sayville, NY. The lake is very deep, around 60-80 ft at its deepest point. At one time the lake was believed to be bottomless. However, it does have a bottom. The lake in fact is a glacial lake, carved out by a passing iceberg. Lake Ronkonkoma’s bottom is covered by silt which is easily disturbed. Perhaps this has caused some to state that it is bottomless. The bottom can’t easily be located because of the floating particles in the water. There are even tales of piranha living in the lake. There have been two such documented cases involving Lake Ronkonkoma. The most likely cause is that pet owners dumped the fish in the lake when they couldn’t care for them anymore. In any case the fish couldn’t have originated from the lake because piranha are tropical fish and couldn’t survive the cold local winters.

Lake Ronkonkoma is host to many stories regarding the paranormal. Most of these involve tales of an Indian Princess. One such story says that there was a Native American Princess who was in love with a neighboring tribe’s prince. On the night before the wedding European settlers attacked the Prince’s tribe, killing him in the process. When the Princess learned of her fiancé’s death she was overcome with grief and decided to end her life. She rowed out to the middle of the lake in a canoe and tied a rock to herself. Then she vowed a curse on the settlers’ decedents and threw herself out of the canoe. It is said that once a year the Indian Princess returns to claim the life of a white male who is swimming in the lake.

Another variation of the story says that the Princess was to marry a European settler, however he was murdered. Afterwards, she drowned herself in Lake Ronkonkoma, once again vowing her revenge on others so that they would pay for her grief.

This EVP was recorded while standing along the Western shore of the lake near an area know as “the fireplace” because of an old brick fire place that is still standing at the shoreline (part of a large mansion that used to be on the lake). 18The voices you hear are LIPI Lead Investigators Jaiem Fleischmann and Robert Levine discussing an up coming trip. There is a pause in the conversation and soft voice is heard saying “Oh yes”.

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