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It's Schroon Lake and so much more

It's pretty easy to think of one single waterbody when you hear the words "Schroon Lake Region." The big lake that bears the region's name is a big attraction for anglers, boaters, and beachgoers, and it makes sense. Schroon Lake's smorgasbord of species includes lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, perch, and panfish. They’re all abundant in both size and number! But for anglers, there is much more water to fish than just Schroon Lake.

Water everywhere

Did you know the Adirondacks is dotted with lakes, rivers, brooks, and ponds? It's no wonder that each spring the region draws serious anglers in search of trout, while bass and pike are the focus later in the season. Whether you’re trudging in to a backcountry pond in North Hudson in search of brook trout, wetting a line on the Boreas River in Minerva, or chasing rainbows on Newcomb's Clear Pond, you’ll find plenty of scenery to go with your fishing. The region is even the home of the source of the Hudson River, which offers trout anglers some fine fishing in the upper reaches of the river before it becomes the big river. 

Both the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Essex County Fish Hatchery supplement the wild trout population with thousands of stocked trout, including some hefty two- and three-year-old fish. If you're looking to make it a multi-day fishing excursion, stop by a tackle shop where you can gear up for a day on the water. The region's handy guide can get you started. Also, local guides can help get the inside track on what's biting and where!

Leave No Trace

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

 

 

31 Krissica Way, Schroon Lake, New York
Moose Pond Rd, Newcomb, New York
Nice views of the Santanoni Range and Ermine brook Slide. This lake is on north of the town of Newcomb. Size: 185 acres. Mean depth: 24 feet  Species: lake trout, brook trout Photo courtesy...
Route 28N, Long Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Fishing Directions to access point: From Newcomb follow Route 28N west toward Long Lake. Continue for around 9.5 miles to the access site on the right. Look for a DEC sign. Follow this short gravel...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. For access: take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half mile, take a left...
Rte 2b,
(518) 532-7675
There are three branches of Trout Brook. The North Branch simply flows between Warrens Pond and Big Marsh; the Hoffman Notch Trail follows much of its length. The trailhead is located along County...
28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Loons, mink, pine marten, otter, moose, beaver, deer, and red fox are just some of the wildlife that you may encounter at the lake. Paddling A biking trail follows the shoreline. Size: 342 Acres....
Northwoods Club Road, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
This is a remarkable hike in a truly unique area! Getting There To get here from the intersection of Route 9 and Hoffman Road in Schroon Lake, follow Hoffman Road (CR24). Continue on CR24, which...
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah, New York
(518) 585-6619
Hiking A pleasant woods walk to the pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond shoreline. Trout Pond Trailhead: On Ensign Pond Road (County Rt. 4) between North Hudson and Moriah. Marked by a...
Alder Meadow Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Gull Pond is a beautiful destination for someone looking for a quick hike to stretch their legs or for families. It is less than half a mile to the pond. From Exit 28 on Interstate 87, take...
Main St, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
This giant lake has plenty of room for every recreational wish. Amenities and supplies in the town of Schroon Lake, with its stores and marina. Fishing There are three boat launches on the western...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
Part of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. Species: northern pike, yellow perch Hammond Pond Trail extends 0.9 miles to the western shore of Hammond Pond. The trail undulates gently with only a 45-foot...
Boreas Rd, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Directions to access points: From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit 29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue for around 0.5 miles...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Challis Pond, located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, offers early-season anglers brook trout. Reclaimed in 1992, the Little Tupper Lake Strain of brook trout were then stocked in this 15-acre pond...
Route 28N, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
This short and easy hike ends at a particularly scenic pond. On the northeastern side of the pond is a long finger created by a beaver dam and on the north end of the pond is an attractive wetland...
897 NYS Route 74, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Paddling Loons, whitetail deer, common mergansers, beavers, snapping turtles, and water snakes have all been spotted. Experience this very peaceful, but close enough to civilization, part of the...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
Found in a remote part of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. It is east and north of Hammond Pond. Species: Northern pike
East Shore Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
This wonderful hike is not to be missed! To get here, take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and follow Route 9 south toward Schroon Lake. Continue for 0.6 miles and turn onto Alder Meadow Road and...
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Several trails can be accessed from the shore of the ponds including Treadway Mountain, which is a wonderful hike with outstanding views. Paddling These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows...
Blue Ridge Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Wolf Pond is a gorgeous, 59-acre pond with a lean-to and shoreline views that include some of the High Peaks. The trail follows Wolf Pond Brook all the way to Wolf Pond, but since it steers clear of...
Route 28N, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Twentyninth Pond is a beautiful spot that's very close to the road. The trail climbs slightly from the trailhead to a high point and soon comes to an unmarked path on the right. This is...
897 NYS Route 74, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
This imposing lake is tucked away among hardwood hills in the heart of the wilderness. The campground is on the shore of Dark Bay. Fishing There is a surface ramp at Paradox Lake Public Campground...
763 Putts Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Clear Pond is as quiet a pond as you will find anywhere, and although many hikers use the trails surrounding the pond, very few access it by boat. Use the area trails to extend your ...
Route 8, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Directions to Access Points: From Schroon Lake get on I-87 and head south to Exit 25 and take a left and head east on Route 8 toward Brant Lake. Continue for just under 4-miles to the state access...
Boreas Rd, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Directions to access point: From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit 29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue for around 0.5 miles...

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