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Boat Launch Sites for Washington County

DEC manages over 395 boating and fishing access facilities. We do our best to keep these sites clean and safe, but if you see something that is out of order or have a question or concern about a particular site, send a message to

Note: Use the following definitions to help you determine if a particular site will accommodate your boat.

  • Hard surface or concrete ramp--site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.
  • Beach launch--no float-off or float-on trailered boat capability. Sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.
  • Hand launch--no trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.
  • Car top launch--For canoe/kayak launching. Limited parking available.

International Symbol of AccessibilityAccessible Features: The sites listed in the chart below specified as "accessible" have been designed to be wheelchair accessible. Each has designated parking and connecting pathways to the ramp or dock. Some have accessible privies.

Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations

Washington County, DEC Region 5
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Carters Pond On Route 338, 2 miles south of Hamlet of Cossayuna. Hand launch 10 cars Electric motors only DEC
Cossayuna Lake Off Route 40 at the Hamlet of South Argyle, east on County Route 49 to East Shore Road. Hard surface ramp 30 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed
Accessible DEC
Lake Champlain South Bay On Route 22, 2 1/2 miles northwest of Village of Whitehall. Hard surface ramp 48 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Variable Leaf Milfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Water Chestnut, European Frogbit, Zebra Mussel, Spiny Water Flea

*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.

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