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Sterling Lake


Sterling Lake

Sterling Lake is located inside Sterling Forest State Park and offers a quality fishing experience for those willing to walk for it. While boating is not allowed, a hiking trail follows the shoreline of this crystal-clear lake. A quality, self sustained Lake Trout population exists, and these fish can be caught from shore during spring and fall. Try spoons or other minnow imitating baits to catch these fish. Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and panfish can also be caught from shore spring through fall.

Physical Features

Elevation: 751 feet
Surface Area: 288 acres
Shore Length: 4 miles
Max Depth: 120 feet


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

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited in Sterling Lake.


Access is provided by Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC). Located off of Sterling Mine Road. Shore fishing only. For more information contact 845-351-5907.

Fish Species Present

Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel and Panfish