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Rensselaer Lake (Six Mile Waterworks)

Physical Features:

Elevation: 255 feet
Area: 35.3 acres
Shoreline Length: 2.9 miles
Length: 0.8 miles
Max Depth: 24 feet
Mean Depth: 11 feet
County & Town: Albany County, Town of Colonie


Located in Six Mile Waterworks Park on southeast shore off Fuller Road, about 0.2 miles north of I-90, in the Albany's Pine Bush Preserve. Abundant shoreline as well as two fishing platforms. Row boats/canoes/kayaks can be launched from shore, but no motors including gasoline or battery operated motors are allowed. For more information, visit the Albany County Water Department Fishing website (leaves DEC website).

Fish Species:

Man holding largemouth bass from Rensselaer Lake

Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Common Carp, Golden Shiner, Common Shiner, Yellow Bullhead, Brown Bullhead, White Perch, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Walleye


Warmwater Fishing
Abundant bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie, and rock bass populations provide great fishing. Largemouth bass are present with reports of 3-5 pounders occasionally being caught.

Coldwater Fishing
The lake is stocked each spring with approximately 2,000 rainbow trout, ranging from 8.5 - 9.5 inches. Later in the season canoes/kayaks provide the chance to catch some holdovers and stocked fish from cooler, deeper parts of the lake.


Statewide Fishing Regulations Apply.


This property is owned and managed by the City of Albany and the Albany Water Department. For more information contact the Albany Water Department at 518-434-5300.

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