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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, 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!

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
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:...
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 ...
Blue Ridge Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
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,...
897 NYS Route 74, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Fishing This imposing lake is tucked away among hardwood hills in the heart of the wilderness. There is a surface ramp at Paradox Lake Public Campground on Route 74, 2 miles east of the hamlet of...
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...
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. Ice Fishing Schroon Lake stays busy in winter too,...
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...
Boreas Rd, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Lake Harris now supports a self-sustaining population of walleye after being experimentally stocked from 2004 until 2008. Also known for its quality panfishing. Ice Fishing Species: Northern pike,...
Route 28N, Long Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
The well-named Fishing Brook is in a lovely area which is mostly wild. The brook trout fishing is so good you might want to keep it a secret. Access From Newcomb follow Route 28N west toward Long...
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...
Northwoods Club Rd, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
Directions to access points: From the intersection of Route 9 and Hoffman Road in Schroon Lake, follow Hoffman Road (CR24). Continue on CR24 which eventually turns into Irishtown Road. Take a right...
Horseshoe Pond Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Horseshoe Pond is easy access, not far from the road. Species: Yellow perch, pumpkinseed
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...
Indian Lake, New York
(518) 597-4649
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...
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...
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...
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, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Camping Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start-off point for hiking in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. Choose from interior site camping, which requires a boat...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Directions to Access Points: From Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, follow Blue Ridge Road toward North Hudson and take a left onto state Route 9 and follow it north. Continue for 2.5 miles...
Casa Turn Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Bass Lake is located in the beautiful Hammond Pond Wild Forest. At 39 acres, it’s not a big lake but a typical backcountry pond. And you’ll find, like many other small lakes and ponds in...
Crane Pond Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
A easy trail leads back to the beautiful Goose Pond in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. At 66-acres, Goose Pond isn't large, but it's deep waters offer anglers a chance to catch some really wild...
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...

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