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Boat Launch Sites for Lewis 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.
Lewis County, DEC Region 6
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Black River Adjacent to Route 410, 1/2 mile northeast of Village of Castorland. Hard surface ramp 22 cars and trailers DEC
Black River At Beach's Bridge on Number Four Road east of Village of Lowville. Hand launch 5 cars DEC
Black River At Glenfield on County Route 40. Hard surface ramp 20 cars and trailers DEC
Black River Turin Off Co. Rt. 36, Burdick's Crossing. Beach launch 10 cars and trailers DEC
Clear Pond Off Long Pond Rd, 4 miles northeast of Village of Croghan. Hand launch 3 cars Site provided via Fish & Wildlife Agreement (FWMA) with private landowners. No motors. DEC
Lake Bonaparte West of the Village of Harrisville, 3 1/2 miles north off Route 3 on North Shore Road. Hard surface ramp 14 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
Long Pond Off Prentice Road 4 miles northeast of Hamlet of Croghan Beach launch 5 cars 10 hp limit. DEC/Future Farmers of America (FFA) by FWMA agreement. DEC
Oswegatchie River, West Branch Croghan Off Long Pond Road just above Mud Pond. Hand launch 5 cars 10 hp limit, accessible to people with disabilities. DEC
Payne Lake Watson On Cleveland Lake Road in Town of Watson. Hand launch 5 cars DEC
Francis Lake Watson On Stillwater Road in Town of Watson. Hand launch 3 cars and trailers DEC

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

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