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Meacham Lake

Photo of Meacham Lake

Meacham Lake is the source of the East Branch of St Regis River in central Franklin County. The lake is shaped like a big rectangle and is wide open to prevailing winds. It also has a New York State DEC campground on its northern shore and is entirely surrounded by state land.

Physical Characteristics:

Elevation: 1552 feet
Area: 1185 acres
Maximum depth: 80 feet
Mean depth: 36 feet
Maximum Width: 1 mile
Length: 2 miles

Meacham Lake contour map (PDF) (225 KB)
Note: There is considerably deeper water than the contour map indicates.

Access:

Within Meacham Lake State Campground: off Route 30, 19 miles north of the Hamlet of Lake Clear Junction. Beach launch, but very shallow. A day use fee is charged in season. The launch is open year round. Parking for 50 cars and trailers.
Cartop launch on outlet where the Route 30 bridge crosses.

General Fishing Information:

The lake is home to splake, northern pike, smallmouth bass, brown trout, lake whitefish, brown bullhead, rainbow smelt, fallfish, yellow perch, and pumpkinseed.

Northern pike and smallmouth bass are the big fish in the lake. The smallmouth bass can most often be found on the eastern half of the lake between Roaring and Winnebago Brooks. Northern pike are found most abundantly in the southern end of the lake, which is quite weedy. The yellow perch grow big, but there is a health advisory on the consumption of them. The advisory states not to eat any over 12 inches in size and only eat one meal per month for perch under 12 inches due to high mercury levels. Ice fishing can be popular for big bruiser pike and splake in the two to four pound range. Ice fishing is very popular here; more so than open water fishing, and there is derby every February.

Fishing Regulations:

Special regulations apply.

Fisheries management:

Meacham Lake is managed as a two story lake. It is stocked each year with roughly 2000-3000 splake. Brown trout were last stocked in 2006.