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Payne Lake Waterway Access Site

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The Payne Lake Waterway Access Site provides an accessible pathway and dock designed for use with mobility devices and is suitable for launching a canoe or small boat onto Payne Lake. The lake is stocked annually with brook trout and provides visitors with fishing opportunities. The small lake is in a quiet corner of Independence River Wild Forest.

Full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.


A view of Payne Lake

From Lowville travel east on the Number Four Road out of the village. Travel on the Number 4 Road for approximately 3 miles (you will cross the Black River) to the point where the Number Four Road turns to the left (by the Watson Inn). Do not turn, but stay straight on the Pine Grove Road for .4 miles and turn left on the Chase's Lake Road. Stay on Chase's Lake Road for approx 3.8 miles to the Erie Canal Road. Turn left on the Erie Canal Road for .3 miles and then turn right onto the Beach Mill Road. Bear to the left and continue on this gravel road for one mile where you will bear to the right on the Cleveland Lake Road. Travel for approx .6 miles on the Cleveland Lake Road where you will turn left on the short .1 mile access road to Payne Lake.

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