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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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....
Gull Pond is easy to access and stocked with brook trout.
Alder Meadow Road, Paradox
Directions to Access Points: From Exit 28 on Interstate 87, take Route 9 toward Schroon Lake. In 0.6 mile take a left onto Alder Meadow Road. Follow this for 3.8 miles to the Gull Pond Trail on the left. Park here. Shoreline Fishing: There is a 0.4...
Boreas Rd, North Hudson
This remote fishing spot is just for shoreline fishing; there is no boat access.
Schroon Lake
Oliver Pond is a quiet body of water where the fish are plentiful and the wildlife is abundant! How to get there South of Schroon Lake on Route 9, turn right onto Hoffman Road (County Road 24). Follow this for 8-miles to parking on the right. Paddling...
The view of Pharaoh Mountain from Spectacle Pond.
East Shore Road, Schroon Lake
How to get there Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and follow Route 9 south toward Schroon Lake. Continue for 0.6 mile and turn onto Alder Meadow Road, follow that to East Shore Road and continue for 2.75 miles to the trailhead on the left. Trail...
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.
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.
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.