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Mirror Lake

Physical Characteristics:

Elevation: 1,855 feet
Area: 128 acres
Length: ~1 mile
Max Depth: 65 feet
Mean Depth: 14 feet
Max Width: ~25 miles
Thermocline: ~16 feet
Town: North Elba


Across from the DEC Lake Placid boat launch site on Route 86 or Mirror Lake Drive in the village of Lake Placid. DEC maintains a hand launch that is a 50 yard carry to dock at Mirror Lake from the parking area. Only electric motors are permitted.

Fish Species

Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed

Fishing Information:

The lake is best known as a rainbow trout fishery but offers some exceptional lake trout can be found down deep in the summer. It is best to use a flashy lure or bait fish. The spring Hexagenia hatch (large mayflies) can offer good fly fishing opportunities for rainbow trout. Great smallmouth bass fishing can also be had in the early morning or late evening. Watch out for the many swimmers!

Fisheries Management:

Rainbow and lake trout are stocked annually along with the occasional landlocked salmon stocking.


Special Fishing Regulations apply. Ice fishing is not permitted.