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Lower Chateaugay Lake

Lower Chateaugay Lake is located in northeast Franklin County. It is approximately a quarter of the size of Upper Chateaugay Lake. The lake is surrounded by private cottages and camps.

Physical characteristics:

Elevation: 1309 feet
Area: 545 acres
Maximum depth: 26 feet
Mean depth: 12 feet
Maximum Width: ~ .5 mile
Length: ~ 2 miles
Lower Chateaugay Lake contour map (PDF) (189 KB)


There is a DEC boat launch off Route 374, five miles north of the Hamlet of Merrill. The launch has a hard surface ramp with parking for 25 cars and trailers. The launch is in the Chateaugay Narrows approximately two and half miles south of the lake. The Chateaugay Narrows is navigable, but it has two low bridges.

General Fishing Information:

Fish species present are smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, brown bullhead, and pumpkinseed. Yellow perch are in abundance as well as brown bullhead. If you find the rocks, then you'll find the smallmouth. The northern pike are a recent illegal introduction and are still increasing in numbers and are average size. The lake has low dissolved oxygen levels at depths greater than 18 feet during the summer months.

Fishing Regulations:

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

Fisheries management:

The lake maintains a warmwater fishery. There is no stocking at present time.