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Canadarago Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1,266 feet
Area: 1,944 Acres
Shoreline Length: 10 miles
Length: 3.58 miles
Max Depth: 44 feet
Mean Depth: 33 feet
Town: Richfield, Exeter

Aquatic Vegetation:

Moderate rooted aquatic vegetation to 15 feet.


Canadarago Lake Boat Launch: Off NY Route 28, 3 miles south of NY Route 20 in Richfield Springs. East onto Dennison Road and go to the end. 2 concrete ramps. Day use fee in season. 40 cars and trailers.

Fish Species:

Alewife, Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, Common Carp, Cutlip Minnow, Golden Shiner, Satinfin Shiner, Bridle Shiner, Common Shiner, Blackchin Shiner, Spottail Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Eastern Blacknose Dace, Longnose Dace, Rudd, Creek Chub, Fallfish, Pearl Dace, White Sucker, Creek Chubsucker, Shorthead Redhorse, Yellow Bullhead, Brown Bullhead, Banded Killifish, Rock Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Tessellated Darter, Yellow Perch, Walleye


The lake is popular during all seasons for its panfish and walleye. During the summer there are multiple bass tournaments on the lake targeting the impressive sized largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most species in this lake tend to grow to average to above average sizes. Due to a recent increase in alewife (baitfish) abundance, the lakes walleye population is being supplemented with approximately 40,000 walleyes 4-5" in length annually through 2016 which at that time will be re-evaluated and most likely stocked once every 2-3 years.

Ice Fishing:



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