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Chazy Lake

Set in the valley between Lyon and Ellenburg mountains, Chazy Lake has some very nice views. The lake runs mainly north to south. It has a good fishery and is quite popular.

Physical characteristics:

Elevation: 1541 feet
Area: 1807 acres
Maximum depth: 72 feet
Mean depth: 33 feet
Maximum Width: ~1.5 miles
Length: ~ 3.5 miles
Thermocline: ~ 30 feet
Chazy Lake contour map (PDF) (219 KB)

Access:

DEC boat launch with a hard surface ramp is located off Route 374, 5 miles west of the Village of Dannemora. It has parking for 20 cars and trailers.

General Fishing Information:

Fish species present in the lake are lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, northern pike, brown bullhead, yellow perch, rainbow smelt, and pumpkinseed. The lake trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon fishing is concentrated in the center of the lake over the deepest water. Spoons and crankbaits in silver or silver/blue work the best. The northern pike were an illegal introduction. While not very numerous, the pike can attain large sizes.

Fishing Regulations:

Special fishing regulations apply

Fisheries Management:

Chazy Lake is stocked with approximately 7,000-7,400 rainbow trout, 1,000 lake trout, and 200 landlocked salmon.

There is a very abundant yellow perch population; during the 2009 DEC fisheries survey, 476 yellow perch ranging from 6-11 inches were caught.