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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Fishing Brook varies, from wide calm waters to short, narrow, rapids.
Route 28N, Long Lake
Directions to Access Points: From Newcomb follow Route 28N west toward Long Lake. Continue for 9.5 miles to the access site on the right. Look for a DEC sign. Follow this short gravel road down to the parking lot. There is a bridge and dam here...
You'll need to bring a lightweight watercraft and carry it in on a hiking path.
897 NYS Route 74, Schroon Lake
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 Adirondacks. Size: 441 Acres. Lean-to available at lake....
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.
Main St, Schroon Lake
This large lake has plenty of room for every recreational wish, from fishing to canoeing!
Boreas Rd, North Hudson
Beautiful scenery and beautiful brook trout? Cast a line here!
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.
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson
There is a slight incline to this hike but it's very pretty and a relaxing hike. The pond gets its name from an early pioneer named Timothy Challis. 
Alder Pond is an easy hike for kids who want to shore fish, too.
Crane Pond Road, Paradox
Alder Pond may not be very deep but it's a beautiful spot in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.