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Saranac River

Essex County, Clinton County, Franklin County, NY


The Saranac River is a great waterway for anglers to catch various species in the Adirondacks.

The Saranac River flows through three different counties: Clinton, Essex, and Franklin. It flows from Lake Champlain to Saranac Lake. 

The upper Saranac River is great for rainbow trout and brown trout. The "pocket water" is great for spin fishers and fly fishers. In order to wade you should be highly skilled. The bed can be rounded, slippery boulders, making it dificult to have balance. The upper section is located from Bloomingdale to Franklin Falls Flow in Essex County. Anglers can access this section of the river at six different locations on River Road, east of Bloomingdale.

The middle Saranac River is flows from Union Falls in Franklin County to Cadyville in Clinton County. This section is great for brown trout and brook trout because of the 30,000 trout stocked annually. There are plenty of access spots upriver and downriver of Clayburg. There are parking areas and public fishing rights off Silver Lake Road. 

The lower Saranac River is in the Plattsburgh area and is primarily known for the amount of landlocked salmon. Salmon are traveling through the waterway in the spring and fall when the salmon are migrating from Lake Champlain. Anglers can catch brown trout and steelhead throughout the lower section too. Spin and fly fishers will find public fishing rights in Plattsburg.

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