They are versatile - they are odd - they are challenging to fly.
They are my favorite plane - the Lake Amphibian.

Pictures of a LAKE BUCCANEER I once owned

Two Renegades

My Buccaneer - Lake Zoar (Housatonic River), Connecticut



The Lake is a 4-place single engine plane for general aviation. There are six different versions:

LA-4 "Amphibian": 180hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-360
LA-4-200 "Buccaneer": 200hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-360-A1B
LA-4-200 "Turbo": Same as above but with an aftermarket turbocharger
LA-4-200 "EP": 200hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-360-A1B6 with a longer propeller shaft and an enclosed cowl
LA-250 "Renegade": 250hp 6-cylinder Lycoming IO-540-
LA-270T "Turbo Renegade": 270hp 6-cylinder Lycoming TIO-540-

There were also two early 2-seat versions manufactured by Colonial Aircraft:

Colonial C-1 "Skimmer": 150hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-___
Colonia C-2 "Skimmer": 160hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-___


The Lake Amphibian is a seaplane that was invented in the late 1940s by _____ Thurston.  It went through several early versions (C-1 Skimmer, C-2 Skimmer) before debuting in 1958 as the Lake Amphibian.  The airplanes have been assembled by hand, one at a time, in a factory in Sanford, Maine since 19__.  

The LA-4 was replaced by the LA-4-200 in (c.1970?).  The LA-4-200 was replaced by the EP in 197_ and EP production ceased with the introduction of the larger LA-250 model in 198_.

Regular production of the Renegade model ended in 198_ and since that time, new airplanes are built "to order" when contracted for. Two new LA-270T airplanes were built in 2000, and they sold for approximately $400,000 each.


Click here to see pictures taken at the 2001 LAFC fly-in
Click here to see pictures of my Lake
Click here to see Lake Aircraft's page of Lake pictures

Notes from LAFC Fly-Ins

LAFC holds a fly-in conference during the first week in February each year.  It starts on Sunday afternoon and ends on Wednesday evening.  The fly-in is held in central Florida - it has been held at Winter Haven (GIF), Avon Park (AVO), and River Ranch (2RR).

I have typed in my notes from several of these fly ins: (note: notes not yet complete)

1996 1997 1999 2001  Tips from some of these years

Lake partnership available at Bridgeport, CT

Click here to see a description of my airplane.

The Lake Amphibian Flyers Club (LAFC)

Is the international owner's club for Lakes of all kinds. LAFC has a web site here.


My answers to some common Lake-related questions.

Lake Specialty Shops

There are several shops I am aware of that work on Lakes on a regular basis. It is highly recommended that you take your airplane to one of them.

If your shop specializes in Lake aircraft and is not listed here, please email me and I will be glad to add it.

Bartow, Florida (BOW): Amphibians Plus
Harry and Cathy Shannon
418-A Bartow Municipal Airport
Bartow, FL 33830
Phone: 863-534-8025
Fax:      863-534-3706
Comments by pilots
Winter Haven, Florida (GIF): Aircraft Innovation and Repair Services
Paul and Paula Furnee
3000 21st St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881-1292
Phone:  863-299-4655
Fax:       863-299-4655
Comments by pilots
Gravenhurst / Muskoka, Ontario (CYQA): Lake Central Air Services
Elton Townsend
Muskoka Airport, RR 1
Gravenhurst, ON  P1P 1R1  Canada
Phone:  705-687-4343
Fax:       705-687-8983
Laconia, New Hampshire (LCI): Sky Bright
65 Aviation Way
Gilford, NH 03249-6680
Phone: 603-528-6818 or 800-639-6012
Fax:      603-528-1814
Sky Bright's web site
comments by pilots

Maintenance and ADs

Click here to see the letter written to the FAA by the Seaplane Pilots Association regarding the wing spar cap AD

Click here to see the SPA's announcement of the approval of an AMOC for the wing AD, and the subsequent change in Aerofab's kit price

Related Links

Seaplane Pilots Association
The Seaplane Page
Malcolm's seaplane page
Lake Aircraft site 1
Lake Aircraft site 2 (new and used Lakes for sale)
Chart of models, performance figures (ha) and useful loads