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. The region's handy guide can get you started. Also, 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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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
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Great access and two ponds at Putnam Pond.
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
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 summer can get very busy but you don't have to worry...
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...
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb
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 trout each spring. Essex County usually adds larger...
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. For fishermen, the Schroon River offers a variety of...