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South Bay Pier

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Accessible Features

A 300- foot long universally designed fishing pier with benches and a covered area at the end. Accessible parking is available.

People fishing on the universally designed South Bay Pier

Universal Design

The universal design of this project benefits the community by providing seniors, families, people with disabilities and others barrier-free access from the parking area to the fishing rail. The pier has been designed to ensure that all visitors will be able to choose from a variety of places to fish through shallow water and out toward the deepest channel of the bay. Benches are provided along the pier and the covered pavilion area over the end of the pier provides shelter from the sun and inclement weather. The pier is located near an existing DEC boat launch facility which has additional parking and an accessible privy.

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The South Bay is a very productive area of Lake Champlain, frequented by sport species such as northern pike, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, and grass pickerel. Yellow perch, white perch, white crappies, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullheads and catfish are also common. In the spring, large gar are abundant inshore. Large common carp are abundant in the South Bay area as well. Old pilings have been left intact to provide sheltered fish habitat along the southern side of the pier, while the rest of the pier faces open water.


Lake Champlain and Tributaries Special Fishing Regulations Apply.


The pier is located along NYS Route 22, just minutes north of the Village of Whitehall.

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