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Boat Launch Sites for Lewis County

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Lewis County, DEC Region 6
Waterbody Town Location (some links leave DEC website) Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Beaver River Canoe Route Various There are numerous sites designed for canoe/kayak launching from the Town of Croghan (High Falls Reservoir) east to the Town of Webb (Moshier Reservoir). hand launch Various
Black River Croghan 43.895564°N, 75.504978°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 22 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea DEC
Black River Lowville 43.774513°N, 75.446611°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 5 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea DEC
Black River Greig 43.711117°N, 75.398876°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 20 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea Accessible parking and wildlife viewing platform DEC
Black River Turin 43.678306°N, 75.366062°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 10 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea DEC
Black River Lyonsdale Upper Lyons Falls. 43.616091°N, 75.356931°W (Google Maps) hand launch Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea Municipal
Black River Lyonsdale Lower Lyons Falls. 43.620394°N, 75.357576°W (Google Maps) hand launch Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea Brookfield Renewable Energy
Clear Pond Croghan 43.982391°N, 75.225439°W (Google Maps) hand launch 3 cars Site provided via Fish & Wildlife Agreement (FWMA) with private landowners. No motors allowed. DEC
Francis Lake Watson Independence River Wild Forest. 43.860827°N, 75.169079°W (Google Maps) hand launch 3 cars DEC
Indian Lake Diana Fort Drum Military Installation. 44.143723°N, 75.452427°W (Google Maps) unimproved trailer launch 5 cars and trailers Requires a Recreation Access Permit (leaves DEC website) and check-in/check-out through the Fort Drum's Sportsman's Hotline. Federal (US Army)
Indian River Diana Onjebonge State Forest. 44.096637°N, 75.493957°W (Google Maps) hand launch 5 cars Accessible fishing platform DEC
Lake Bonaparte Diana Sand Bay State Forest. 44.160893°N, 75.390038°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 14 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil DEC
Long Pond Croghan 43.975641°N, 75.196121°W (Google Maps) hand launch 5 cars 10 hp limit. DEC/Future Farmers of America (FFA) by FWMA agreement. DEC
Oswegatchie River, West Branch Croghan 43.980378°N, 75.215936°W (Google Maps) hand launch 5 cars 10 hp limit. Accessible deck/pier. DEC
Payne Lake Watson Independence River Wild Forest. 43.794847°N, 75.293458°W (Google Maps) hand launch 5 cars accessible DEC
Rock Pond/Trout Lake Croghan 43.994065°N, 75.200736°W (Google Maps) hand launch 3 cars DEC
Soft Maple Reservoir Croghan 43.914556°N, 75.223611°W (Google Maps) hand launch 5 cars accessible DEC
Whetstone Marsh Pond Martinsburg Whetstone Gulf State Park. 43.683081°N, 75.509671°W (Google Maps) unimproved trailer launch 3 cars and trailers OPRHP

*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.

Boat Launch Types

Use the following definitions to help you determine if a particular site will accommodate your boat:

hard surface launchHard surface launch - Site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.

unimproved trailer launchUnimproved trailer launch - No float-off or float-on trailered boat capability. Sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.

hand launchHand launch - No trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.

Other Icons

accessibleAccessible Features - Locations are identified above. Sites are accessible to the top of the boat ramp, if provided at a site. Parking, as well as other amenities such as bathrooms and informational kiosks, are also accessible. Some sites on larger waters also have accessible boarding docks. Contact your local DEC office for additional details. See a full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.


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