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Lighthouse Hill Reservoir

Lighthouse Hill Reservoir, also often called the Lower Salmon River Reservoir, is located in Oswego County just north of Altmar. The Lighthouse Hill Reservoir lies about 3 miles downstream of the Salmon River Reservoir, and like the larger reservoir, it's also used in hydroelectric generation by Brookfield Power Company.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 700 feet
Area: 164 acres
Shoreline Length: 4.8 miles
Maximum Depth: 50 feet
Towns: Albion, Orwell

Aquatic Plant Life:

Very little rooted aquatic vegetation in the reservoir due to fluctuating water levels.

Access:

Bennett Bridges Day Use Area. Take Cemetery Road (County Route 22) out of Altmar for approximately 3 miles to Bennett Bridges. Parking for about 25 cars, shore-fishing and a beach launch. Electric motors only.

Hogs Back Road Day Use Area. North side of reservoir, continue past Bennetts Bridge and take next left onto Hogs Back Road. Parking, shore-fishing and a hand launch. Electric motors only.

Fish Species:

Rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, rock bass, yellow perch, and brown bullhead.

Fishing:

Rainbow and brown trout are usually targeted in the spring and early-summer shortly after they are stocked.

Regulations:

Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management:

Lighthouse Hill Reservoir is stocked annually with approximately 4,050 year-old rainbow trout (8-9").