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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 the main 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! 

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 into 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 even has the Hudson River, which offers trout anglers some fine fishing in the upper reaches of the big 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, there are plenty of lodging options and great dining in the region, as well as tackle shops where you can gear up for a day on the water. Our handy guide can get you started, but chances are you'll run into a local or two who will be more than willing to surrender some of that local knowledge. You can hire a local guide to get the inside track on what's biting and where!

31 Krissica Way, Schroon Lake, New York
Part of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, access to this pond is via the Peaked Hill Trail, which reaches the western shore 1 mile from the trailhead. Species: Yellow perch and pumpkinseed Trailhead:...
Main St, Schroon Lake, New York
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. There are three boat launches on the western side....
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Camping Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start off point for hiking the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. Choose from interior site camping, which requires a boat for...
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...
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Paddling These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows. The best launch is located near the beach which is just over a small hill from the main parking area in the campground. This pond in the...
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Follow an old access road turned into an easy trail to a camping, picnic, and launch area at the pond. The hike is quite easy and all downhill to the pond. The wide trail is colorful in...
763 Putts Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Paddling You will need to paddle through Putnam Pond to the narrow that separate it and North Pond. From the narrows you can access the 0.6 mile portage trail that leads to Clear Pond. Clear Pond is...
28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Paddling Loons, mink, pine marten, otter, moose, beaver, deer, and red fox are just some of the wildlife that you may encounter at the lake. A biking trail follows the shoreline. Size: 342 Acres....
Alder Meadow Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
A New York state-designated “recreational river,” the Schroon River is a 68-mile long tributary of the Hudson. It starts near the hamlet of Underwood and flows into the Hudson near...
Crane Pond Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking The pond is accessed by a 1-mile hike along Crane Pond Road. The hike is easy with minimal elevation change. Trailhead From Schroon Lake's downtown, take U.S. 9 north for 1.7 miles...
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 9.5 miles to...
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...
Route 28N, Newcomb, 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 all the way to...
Indian Lake, New York
This section in the Newcomb/Minerva area comprises the Upper Hudson River, Huntley Pond, and Boreas River. Winter river fishing is entirely different from lake and pond fishing and should be done...
Alder Meadow Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Take the hike to Gull Pond, which is only a 0.4 mile hike along a marked foot trail with might have some wet spots in low areas. Stick to the trail! Bushwhack around the pond to reach the...
Route 28N, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking How to get there 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 to Route 28N and take a...
Route 28N, Long Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Directions to Access Points: From Newcomb follow Route 28N west toward Long Lake. Continue for 9.5 miles to the access site on the right. Look for a DEC sign. Follow this short gravel road down to...
Blue Ridge Road, North Hudson, New York
Views of the High Peaks dominate the scene from the shore of Boreas Ponds, the 320-acre waterbody for which this region is named. LaBier Flow, Boreas River, LeClaire Brook, Casey Brook, Slide Brook,...
Horseshoe Pond Road, Schroon Lake, New York
Horseshoe Pond is easy access, not far from the road. Species: Yellow perch, pumpkinseed
Crane Pond Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking There is a 1.5 mile hike that is required to reach Goose Pond, but it is very easy. Start walking along Crane Pond Road, which is not drivable past the parking area. After 0.9 miles you...
Route 74, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Fishing Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 74 and Route 9N in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 west toward Schroon Lake. Continue to the small Hamlet of Eagle Lake and cross...
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
This tributary of the Hudson River gets its start at Cheney Pond in the town of Minerva. Here, you’ll find native brook trout. Farther down the river, however, the state regularly stocks brown...
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...

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