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!

An aerial shot of Schroon Lake during fall
a man fishes off the shore of a lake.
fall foliage over Schroon lake.

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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There are three branches of the well-named Trout Brook.
Blue Ridge Road, Rte 2b, Minerva
Stocked with trout, this stream is wilderness fishing at its finest.
Main St, Schroon Lake
This large lake has plenty of room for every recreational wish, from fishing to canoeing!
Blue Ridge Road, North Hudson
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, and White Lily Brook can also be found on this tract.
Great access and two ponds at Putnam Pond.
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Alder Meadow Road, Schroon Lake
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 Warrensburg.
Boreas Rd, North Hudson
Did someone say trout? Palmer Pond is where they're at!
Top water is the best type of lure for Vanderwhacker Pond.
Blue Ridge Road, Schroon Lake
Due to the shallow nature of this water, top water is the best type of lure or using a bobber to float a worm. There is no official boat access, but one can be carried to the pond.
From Rich Lake there are many outlets that joins it to the Hudson, seen here at the AIC.
28N, Newcomb
Loons, mink, pine marten, otter, moose, beaver, deer, and red fox are just some of the wildlife that you may encounter at the lake. Lake Harris and Rich Lake is beautiful gems in the Adirondack Hub!