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Kinderhook Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 300 feet
Area: 350 acres
Shoreline Length: 7.7 miles
Length: 1.6 miles
Max Depth: 32 feet
Mean Depth: 15 feet
Town: Chatham

Aquatic Plant Life:

Moderate rooted aquatic vegetation


DEC Cartop Boat Launch
Access from County Route 28 at the outlet of Kinderhook Lake in the Village of Niverville. Hand launch. Electric motors only. 15 cars. Use caution when accessing the lake at the outlet during the winter months.

Fish Species:

A man holding a White Crappie

American Eel, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Tiger Musky, Common Carp, Golden Shiner, Emerald Shiner, Common Shiner, Spotfin Shiner, Fallfish, White Sucker, Yellow Bullhead, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Fourspine Stickleback, White Perch, Rock Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Fantail Darter, Tessellated Darter, Yellow Perch, Walleye


The lake has an extremely large panfish population. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass can be found in the lake. Smallmouth bass are more catchable, but 6 pound largemouth bass have been reported. In recent years, annual stockings of approximately 1,100 10-11" fast growing tiger muskellunge is carried out.




Statewide regulations apply.

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