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Upper Chateaugay Lake

The lake runs north to south. It has an island in the center called Moffit Island. There are large weed beds and a big wetland on the south end of the lake. Private homes and cottages line the eastern shoreline.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1309 feet
Area: 2594 acres
Shoreline Length: 18.3 miles
Length: 3.3 miles
Maximum Depth: 78 feet
Mean Depth: 33 feet
Maximum Width: 1.5 miles
County & Town: Clinton County, Town of Dannemora

Upper Chateaugay Lake contour map (PDF)


There is a DEC boat launch off Route 374, five miles north of the Hamlet of Merrill. The launch has a hard surface ramp with parking for 25 cars and trailers. The launch is in the Chateaugay Narrows approximately one mile north of the lake. The Chateaugay Narrows are navigable.

For more information on this launch including Google Maps driving directions, visit the Boat Launch Sites for Clinton County page.

Fish Species:

Lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, northern pike, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, and rock bass.


Statewide Fishing Regulations Apply.

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