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Lake Placid Area Boat Launches

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The following designations are used to indicate the agency that operates a particular boat launch site. Boaters should expect to pay a day use fee for launches within a DEC Campground during the camping season.

  • (D) - DEC
  • (P) - Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
  • (C) - Canal Corporation

The following definitions will assist you in determining 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.

    Note: Boaters and Anglers, please remember that you can help prevent the spread of unwanted aquatic plant and animal species by following these guidelines:

  • Remove all mud and aquatic plants from all gear, boats, motors and trailers before departing from your fishing location
  • Drain all water including bilges, live wells, and bait tanks before departing from your fishing location
  • Do not transport fish from one body of water to another
  • Do not release unused bait into a body of water
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Accessible Features: The Lake Placid boat launch is wheelchair accessible. Accessible comfort station serves both this launch and the adjacent Mirror Lake hand launch. See directions below.

Full listing of DECs Accessible Recreation Destinations.

Lake Placid Area Boat Launches
  • Cascade Lakes : (D) (Upper and Lower) - Essex County. On Route 73, six miles northwest of the Hamlet of Keene. Hand launching. Parking for 15 cars. No motors.

  • Lake Placid : (D) - Essex County. Off Route 86 in the Village of Lake Placid on Mirror Lake Drive. Hard surface launching ramp. Accessible. Parking for 25 cars and trailers.

  • Mirror Lake : (D) - Essex County. Off Route 86 in the Village of Lake Placid, on Mirror Lake Drive. Hand launching. Parking for 25 cars, 50 yard carry required. Electric motors only.