Water, water everywhere

Did you know the Adirondacks is dotted with lakes, rivers, brooks, and ponds? Some of the most picturesque are right here in the Adirondack Hub, so 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 quietly hiking 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. Local guides can help get the inside track on what's biting and where!

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

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

 

 

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31 Krissica Way PO Box 446, Schroon Lake
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson
The Challis Pond Trail is an easy, 1.2 mile loop to Challis Pond through a hemlock and cedar forest. The trailhead is on Ensign Pond Road (county Route 4), 2.6 miles from Route 9 or 6.5 miles west of Windy Hills Road.
Round Pond is a quiet gem of a pond.
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah
A pleasant woods walk to Trout Pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond's shoreline. Trailhead: The Ensign Pond Road/Route 4 trailhead offers the easiest access. From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 4, go 6.2 miles northeast and look for...
Clear Pond is a beautiful pond in a wilderness setting.
763 Putts Pond Road, North Hudson
Paddling How to get there: From the intersection of Route 9 and 74 near Schroon Lake, follow Route 74 toward Ticonderoga. Continue to Putts Pond Road on the right -- this is also the entrance road for Putnam Pond State Campground. Drive this to the...
The trees are gorgeous in the fall.
Route 74, Paradox
asdf Find out more See our blog post about a Gorgeous Paddle on Eagle Lake .
Putnam Pond and North Pond are popular spots for ice fishing.
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
Several trails can be accessed from the shore of the ponds including Treadway Mountain, which is a wonderful hike with outstanding views. Ice fishing Popular with ice anglers. The northern section is at its best for fishing in the winter and early spring.
Putnam Pond Campground is a doorway to outdoor adventure.
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
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 access, or the developed area where they can rent a...
Casa Turn Road, North Hudson
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 the Adirondacks, it doesn't have to be big to be special. Bass...