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Adirondack/Lake Champlain

Public Fishing Rights Maps

Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) are permanent easements purchased by the NYSDEC from willing landowners, giving anglers the right to fish and walk along the bank (usually a 33' strip on one or both banks of the stream). For more information on PFR and legally permissible activities on those easements, please see our Public Fishing Rights page.

Most PFR easements are on trout streams. While keeping and eating the fish you catch is part of the fishing experience, many people choose to release their catch. If you release the fish you catch, please review our Catching and Releasing Trout page for tips on reducing the mortality of released trout. Want to know how much that fish you released weighed? Our Use a Ruler to Weigh Your Fish page will help you estimate the weight of your catch.

Below are links to pdf files of the generalized location maps that are intended to aid anglers in finding PFR segments and are not survey quality. Width of displayed PFR is displayed wider than reality to make it more visible on the maps. Please look for official PFR signs to ensure that you are in the right location and have legal access to the stream bank.

Prevent the Spread of didymo! - Didymo is an invasive algae that can negatively impact trout populations. It has been found in several of New York's trout streams and could spread to other waters without proper precautions. Wading anglers are a primary means of spreading didymo. For more information on didymo and how you can avoid spreading it, please see the "Didymo Alert" link to the right!

Known Regional Didymo Streams

Didymo has been confirmed in the Battenkill River and the Kayderosseras Creek.

Other waters might be infected. Always clean and disinfect your gear prior to fishing and after you leave a fishing spot to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Felt Sole Considerations

DEC encourages anglers to consider alternatives to felt-soled waders such as rubber studded boots. Felt-soles, due to their ability to absorb didymo cells and to stay damp for prolonged periods of time, are a major vector in spreading didymo and require special treatment (prolonged soaking in disinfectant).

Clinton County

Public Fishing Rights in Clinton County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species

Ausable River (PDF) (445 KB)

Brown trout, Rainbow trout
North Branch Chazy River (PDF) (791 KB) Brown trout, Rainbow trout
North Branch Saranac River (PDF) (779 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout
Salmon River (Clinton County) (PDF) (488 KB) Brown trout
Saranac River (PDF) (919 KB) Brown trout, Rainbow trout
True Brook (PDF) (439 KB) Brown trout

Essex County

Public Fishing Rights in Essex County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species

Ausable River (PDF) (445 KB)

Brown trout, Rainbow trout
Boquet River (PDF) (770 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout
East Branch Ausable River (PDF) (998 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout, Rainbow trout
North Branch Boquet River (PDF) (465 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout
Putnam Creek (PDF) (319 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout
Schroon River (PDF) (821 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout, Rainbow trout, Atantic Salmon
Spruce Mill Brook (PDF) (447 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout
West Branch Ausable River (PDF) (742 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout, Rainbow trout

Franklin County

Public Fishing Rights in Franklin County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species
Chateaugay and Marble Rivers (PDF) (776 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout, Rainbow trout
Deer River (PDF) (666 KB) Brown trout
Hatch Brook (PDF) (315 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout
Little Salmon River (PDF) (607 KB) Brown trout
North Branch Chazy River (PDF) (791 KB) Brown trout, Rainbow trout
North Branch Saranac River (PDF) (779 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout
Salmon River (Franklin County) (PDF) (1024 KB) Brown trout, Rainbow trout
Saint Regis River (PDF) (488 KB) Brown trout, Rainbow trout

Fulton County

Public Fishing Rights in Fulton County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species
East Canada Creek (PDF) (600 KB) Brown trout

Saratoga County

Public Fishing Rights in Saratoga County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species
Glowegee Creek (PDF) (468 KB) Brown trout
Kayaderosseras Creek (PDF) (968 KB) Brown trout
Snook Kill (PDF) (499 KB) Brown trout

Warren County

Public Fishing Rights in Warren County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species
Hudson River (PDF) (310 KB) Brown trout, Rainbow trout
Mill Creek (PDF) (629 KB) Brown trout, Brook trout
North Creek (PDF) (342 KB) Brook trout, Rainbow trout

Washington County

Public Fishing Rights in Washington County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species
Batten Kill (PDF) (832 KB) Brown trout
Indian River (PDF) (480 KB) Brown trout, Rainbow trout
Mettawee River (PDF) (806 KB) Brown trout, Rainbow trout