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Boat Launch Sites for Franklin 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 fwboat@dec.ny.gov.

For an explanation of the recreational icons on this page, see below.

Franklin County, DEC Region 5
Waterbody Town Location (some links leaves DEC website) Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Black Pond Paul Smiths 44.432106°N, 74.298325°W (Google Maps) hand launch 5 cars accessible DEC
Buck Pond Onchiota Buck Pond Campground & Day Use Area. 44.508367°N, 74.115688°W (Google Maps) hand launch 20 cars and trailers Day use fee in season. Launch open year round. Electric motors only. DEC
East Pine Pond Saranac Lake Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.339754°N, 74.411238°W (Google Maps) hand launch 5 cars accessible DEC
Fish Creek Pond Saranac Lake Fish Creek Pond Campground & Day Use Area. 44.308169°N, 74.361809°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 15 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil Accessible fishing pier. Day use fee in season. Launch open year round. DEC
Floodwood Pond Saranac Lake Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.339176°N, 74.405359°W (Google Maps) hand launch DEC
Follensby Clear Pond South Saranac Lake Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.310394°N, 74.346825°W (Google Maps) hand launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil accessible DEC
Follensby Clear Pond North Saranac Lake Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.319153°N, 74.335466°W (Google Maps) hand launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil 15 hp limit DEC
Hoel Pond Santa Clara Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.346892°N, 74.344406°W (Google Maps) hand launch 10 cars DEC
Lake Colby Saranac Lake Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.348728°N, 74.144843°W (Google Maps) hand launch 20 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil accessible
10 hp motor restriction
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Lake Flower Saranac Lake 44.323496°N, 74.125247°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 20 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Variable Leaf Milfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed accessible DEC
Lake Kushaqua Onchiota Buck Pond Campground & Day Use Area. 44.508517°N, 74.116125°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch Day use fee in season. Launch open year round. DEC
Little Clear Pond Saranac Lake Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.355367°N, 74.292125°W (Google Maps) hand launch 20 cars No motors/no fishing. DEC
Little Green Pond Saranac Lake Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.359133°N, 74.295204°W (Google Maps) hand launch 20 cars No motors/no fishing. DEC
Meacham Lake Duane Meacham Lake Campground & Day Use Area. 44.569366°N, 74.274134°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 50 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil Day use fee in season. Launch open year round. Also a hand launch on northern end of lake (no fee). DEC
Raquette River Tupper Lake Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. 44.239367°N, 74.388237°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 20 cars and trailers accessible DEC
Rollins Pond Santa Clara Rollins Pond Campground. 44.304127°N, 74.400559°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 10 cars and trailers 25 hp limit. Day use fee in season. Launch open year round. DEC
Santa Clara Flow/St. Regis River Santa Clara 44.630675°N, 74.453463°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 10 cars and trailers DEC
Saranac Lake (Lower - Ampersand Bay) Saranac Lake 44.325850°N, 74.155052°W (Google Maps) hand launch 12 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed DEC
Saranac Lake (Lower - Second Pond) Saranac Lake Saranac Lake Islands Campground & Day Use Area. 44.287336°N, 74.184926°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 75 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed accessible DEC
Saranac Lake (Middle) Saranac Lake 44.244464°N, 74.268724°W (Google Maps) hand launch 20 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil DEC
Saranac Lake (Upper) Tupper Lake 44.238834°N, 74.314480°W (Google Maps) hand launch 18 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil accessible DEC
Saranac Lake (Upper) Saranac Lake 44.344741°N, 74.320899°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 26 cars and trailers and 12 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil accessible DEC
Tupper Lake Moody 44.195388°N, 74.483604°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 35 cars and trailers Variable Leaf Milfoil accessible DEC
Whey Pond Santa Clara Rollins Pond Campground. 44.304714°N, 74.400277°W (Google Maps) hand launch 16 cars accessible DEC

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

Boat Launch Types

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

hard surface launchHard surface launch - Site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.

unimproved trailer launchUnimproved trailer 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 launchHand launch - No trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.

Other Icons

accessibleAccessible Features - Locations are identified above. Sites are accessible to the top of the boat ramp, if provided at a site. Parking, as well as other amenities such as bathrooms and informational kiosks, are also accessible. Some sites on larger waters also have accessible boarding docks. Contact your local DEC office for additional details. See a full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.


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