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Lakes, Rivers, and More in the Southern Adirondacks

Southern Adirondack Fishing, Paddling & Boating

sailboat on sacandagaBelow are bodies of water that are partially or entirely located in the Southern Adirondacks. This includes waters such as Piseco Lake, the Great Sacandaga Lake, and more.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive and is only meant to be a starting point for your Adirondack adventures!

Lakes And Ponds

Middle Lake

Middle Lake is named because it is between Murphy Lake and Bennet Lake on the same trail. Accessed from Hope Falls Road, Middle Lake is said to be the prettiest of the three.

Boat Launch: None

Fish Species: Brown Trout

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Canada Lake

A deep but smaller lake in the southern Adirondacks, Canada Lake is one of the few bodies of water in the town of Caroga to hold trout. Canada Lake also has an impoundment at the outflow, which has led to the creation of a lake complex comprised of itself, West Lake, and Green Lake.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Chain Pickerel

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North Lake

A lake on the Western Edge of the 'Dacks, North Lake is the source of the Black River and an excellent spot to paddle. Campsites (27 of them!) surround the water and provide a wonderful base to mount exploratory expeditions from!

Boat Launch: Trailer Unimproved

Fish Species: Brook Trout, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Tiger Musky

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Northville Pond

Separated from The Great Sacandaga Lake by a dam and a drop, Northville Pond is a sedate body of water to paddle on.

Boat Launch: Hand Launch

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout

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Piseco Lake

Piseco Lake offers some interesting side trips, such as a paddle up Fall Stream to Fall Lake.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Lake Trout, LL Salmon, Smallmouth Bass

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Sacandaga Lake

Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake are great bodies of water for anglers in Hamilton County. Lake Pleasant and Sacanagaga are two bodies of water connected by a navigable channel and great for fishing. Both waters have great brown trout and rainbow trout populations due to the large stockings by the DEC. Browns and rainbows have been thriving in both of lakes because of the giant rainbow smelt population every year. Lake Pleasant is better for trout fishing because they are located throughout all areas of the lake. Pickerel can be found in the weedy areas. Both lakes have a decent number of smallmouth bass and excellent early season walleye fishing. To access Lake Pleasant anglers can use the town launch near the outlet at Sacandaga River, outside of Speculator. There is a launch for Sacanadaga Lake at the Moffitt Beach State Campground.

Boat Launch: Trailer Unimproved

Fish Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Chain Pickerel, Walleye

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South Lake

An interesting lake to explore eastward on, South Lake is a remote stretch of water at the end of a long gravel access. Bears and moose have been seen around here! There are some private camps on the north shore, but it's mainly state land surrounding the lake.

Boat Launch: Trailer Unimproved

Fish Species: Brook Trout

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West Caroga Lake

Known for excellent warm water fishing, this is the only place in Fulton County to go after splake! There is boat access at the state campground. Each year the lake is stocked with 4,550 splake.

Boat Launch: Trailer Unimproved

Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch

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Wilcox Lake

The Wilcox Lake Wild Forest area (WFA) is a great fishing spot for anglers looking for trout in the Adirondacks. The WFA has populations of brook trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and pickerel available.

Boat Launch: None

Fish Species: Brook Trout

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Great Sacandaga Lake

The Great Sacandaga Lake is one of the Adirondacks' largest lakes, measuring 29 miles long and about 5 miles wide at its widest point. It's a haven for outdoor adventure, offering plenty of activity and adventure in all four seasons. And lakeside dining on the Sacandaga is one of a kind!

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Northern Pike, Walleye, Carp, Channel Catfish

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Sources:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/103457.html
http://apa.ny.gov/gis/index.html
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9920.html