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Upper Chateaugay Lake

The lake runs north to south. It has an island in the center called Moffit Island. There are large weed beds and a big wetland on the south end of the lake. Private homes and cottages line the east shoreline.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1309 feet
Area: 2594 acres
Shoreline Length: 18.3 miles
Length: 3.3 miles
Maximum Depth: 78 feet
Mean Depth: 33 feet
Maximum Width: 1.5 miles

Upper Chateaugay Lake contour map (PDF)


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 one mile north of the lake. The Chateaugay Narrows are navigable.

Fish Species:

Lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, northern pike, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, and rock bass.


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

Fisheries Management:

The lake is managed as a two story fishery. Northern pike are present due to an illegal introduction. They now dominate the fishery and can exceed 15 pounds.

Upper Chateaugay lake is stocked with approximately 2700 landlocked salmon and 6300 lake trout. Rainbow trout stocking was cancelled in 2010.