Larchmont Reservoir - James G. Johnson, Jr. Conservancy
687 Weaver Street, Larchmont, Westchester County, NY 
60-acres


Directions:

Take Hutchinson River Parkway to the Weaver Street, Route 125 exit (exit 21 northbound and exit 20 southbound). Turn left onto Weaver Street and go 1.4 miles to the L.I.F.E Center, Friends of the Reservoir Parking area on the right. Take the wide trail that leads up to Goodlife Pond and the lake.

There is also parking by the second sign saying "Parking for Environmental Resource Center and Camp Monroe."


History:

The larger Sheldrake Lake was a former Larchmont reservoir. The small Goodife Pond below the dam was a former ice pond. The dam is used as a flood control facility to help prevent floods along the Sheldrake River.


Facilities:

Visitor center. Programs. Fishing. Hiking.


Trails:

9/20/03. Used the blue triangled Leddy trail to make a short walk along Goodife Pond to the dam on Sheldrake Lake. From there you can take the red triangled trail a good ways around Sheldrake Lake (you are stopped by a fence that preserves a part of the lakeside for a wildlife refuge). Turned around and walked back to the dam. From here I took the Leddy trail for a short walk back to the trail start and the parking lot. It is very rocky in parts of the trail. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

04/15/2005.  On a beautiful spring day, Ceferino Santana and I walked along the Leddy trail and then a bit on the red triangle path.  Turned around and then walked on the other side of the lake (where I had not been last time).  I did not realize that there were quite a few trails on this side of the lake.  Took the loop trail at the wetlands and returned via the other side of Goodife Pond.  There were good sized displays of Dutchmen's breeches and trout lily in bloom.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = date plant found in bloom, 9/20/03


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple) 04/15/2005 soon
Acer rubrum (red maple)   04/15/2005
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Alnus glutinosa (black alder)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus deltoides (cotton wood)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus sp. (apple)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix sp. (willow) 04/15/2005
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm) 04/15/2005

Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Amorpha fruticosa (false indigo)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells) 04/15/2005
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Hydrangea arborescens (American hydrangea)
Ilex sp. (crenata?) (holly bush)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 04/15/2005
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Pieris floribunda (andromeda)
Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron)
Rhododendron periclymenoides (pinxter flower)
Rhodotypos scandens (jet bead)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Salix sp. (willow shrub)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Taxus sp. (yew)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (smooth arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum sieboldii (Siebold's viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle)
unknown shrub OD trifoliate or faux trifoliate lvs; corymb infl

Vines:
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelainberry)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Cuscuta sp. (dodder)
Euonymus fortunii (Fortune's euonymus)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Humulus japonica (Japanese hops)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Sicyos angulatus (one-seeded cucumber) 9/20/2003
Smilax glauca (sawbrier)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Herbs:
Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury)
Aethusa cynapium? (fool's parsley)?
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arctium lappa (greater burdock) 9/20/2003
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) 9/20/2003
Bidens comosa (beggar ticks) 9/20/2003
Bidens frondosa (beggar ticks) 9/20/2003
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Caltha palustris (marsh marigold) 04/15/2005
Chelidonium majus (celandine)
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)  9/20/2003
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower) 9/20/2003
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchmen's breeches) 04/15/2005
Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry)
Epifagus virginiana (beech drops) 9/20/2003 most I have seen in one spot
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 04/15/2005
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) 9/20/2003
Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Helianthus strumosus (pale-leaved sunflower) 9/20/2003
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Hieracium paniculatum (panicled hawkweed)
Hosta sp. (hosta)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 9/20/2003
Lactuca biennis? (tall blue lettuce)?
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Ludwigia palustris (marsh purslane)
Lycopus sp. (water horehound)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Narcissus sp. (daffodil) 04/15/2005
Nuphar advena? (southern pond lily)?
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose) 9/20/2003
Oxalis sp. (Yellow wood sorrel) 9/20/2003
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 9/20/2003
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum hydropiper (water pepper) 9/20/2003
Polygonum lapathifolium (nodding smartweed) 9/20/2003
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) 04/15/2005
Scilla sp. (blue squill) 04/15/2005
Sedum sarmentosum (stonecrop)
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solidago bicolor (silverrod) 9/20/03
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod) 9/20/2003
Solidago canadensis var. scabra (tall goldenrod) 9/20/2003
Solidago rugosum (rough-leaved goldenrod) 9/20/2003
Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle) 9/20/2003
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 04/15/2005
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain )
Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Cyperus sp. (nut or umbrella sedge)

Grasses:
Echinochloa crus-galli (barnyard grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reedgrass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)

Ferns:
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal wood fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)