I'm interested in local lakes for a study that I'm doing. I have research sites in the Poconos and on the Beartooth Plateau in Wyoming, and the Gunks may be the next best spot to expand the study. I need lakes with a low calcium content, and the quartzite bedrock of the New Paltz area should provide this.
Browsing through topos, Lake Minnewaska and Lake Mohonk are the obvious ones, are there any others in the area? They need to be fairly large, like 8m deep or more. Also, what's the situation for getting out on these lakes in, say, a canoe?
The work is very simple and onubtrusive, I would paddle out to the middle, take a tow with a net to collect a small sample of the plankton community, and then take about 50 ml of water. The whole thing should take less than an hour.