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Boat Launch Sites for Franklin County

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

Franklin County, DEC Region 5
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Buck Pond Campground. Off Route 30, twelve miles east of Hamlet of Paul Smiths Hard surface ramp 20 cars and trailers DEC
East Pine Pond Off Route 30, 5 miles east of Floodwood Road Hand launch 5 cars Accessible DEC
Fish Creek Pond Campground. On Route 30, 12 miles east of Village of Tupper Lake Hard surface ramp 15 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
DEC
Follensby Clear Pond On Rte 30, 2 miles south of Hamlet of Saranac Inn Beach launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
Accessible DEC
Lake Colby On Route 86, 2 miles north of village of Saranac Lake Hand launch 30 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
10 hp motor restriction
Accessible
DEC
Lake Flower Saranac Lake On Route 86 in Village of Saranac Lake Hard surface ramp 21 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Variable Leaf Milfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed
Accessible DEC
Little Clear Pond Off Route 30, 3 1/2 miles southwest of Hamlet of Lake Clear Junction Hard surface ramp 16 cars and trailers No motors/ no fishing DEC
Little Green Pond Off Route 30, 3 1/2 miles southwest of Hamlet of Lake Clear Junction Hand launch 20 cars No motors/no fishing DEC
Meacham Lake Campground. On Route 30, 19 miles north of Hamlet of Lake Clear Junction Beach launch 25 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
DEC
Raquette River On Routes 3 & 30, 4 miles east of Village of Tupper Lake Hard surface ramp and hand launch 20 cars and trailers Accessible DEC
Rollins Pond Campground. On Route 30, 12 miles northeast of Village of Tupper Lake Hard surface ramp 10 cars and trailers 25 hp limit DEC
Santa Clara Flow Santa Clara Off Route 458 in Hamlet of Santa Clara Hard surface ramp 10 cars and trailers DEC
Saranac Lake (Lower) Ampersand Bay On Route 3 to Edgewood Lane (.5 miles West of Village of Saranac Lake), go .25 miles North on Edgewood Lane to Ampersand Ave, go west .2 miles to Launch Hand launch 12 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed
Municipal
Saranac Lake (Lower) Second Pond On Route 3, 3 ½ miles southwest of Village of Saranac Lake Hard surface ramp 75 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed
Accessible DEC
Saranac Lake (Middle) South Creek On Route 3, 10 miles west of Village of Saranac Lake Hand launch 20 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
DEC
Saranac Lake (Upper) On Route 3, 8 miles east of Village of Tupper Lake Hand launch 18 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
Accessible DEC
Saranac Lake (Upper) Saranac Inn At Saranac Inn, 1/2 mile from Route 30 Hard surface ramp 50 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
Accessible DEC
Tupper Lake Moody On Route 30 in the Hamlet of Moody, 2 miles south of Village of Tupper Lake Hard surface ramp 35 cars and trailers Variable Leaf Milfoil
Accessible DEC
Black Pond On Keese Mill Road. 2.5 miles west from the intersection of NYS Route 30 and Keese Mill Road Hand launch 5 cars Accessible DEC
Whey Pond Located in Rollins Pond Campground Hand launch 16 cars Accessible DEC

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


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