Your Adirondack Basecamp

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



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...
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...
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...
Rte 2,
(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...
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...
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
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...
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
(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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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 and there is a...
Horseshoe Pond Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Horseshoe Pond is easy access, not far from the road. Species: Yellow perch, pumpkinseed
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...
Route 74, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake. Visitors can boat, paddle, fish, and even camp at this scenic spot. It is approximately 420-...
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...
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 ...
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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