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Saratoga Lake

Saratoga Lake offers easy access for boats and good fishing opportunities. The majority of the lake's shoreline is privately owned, so launching a boat is the easiest way to enjoy the water. The lake offers a variety of habitats from shallow weedy zones to steep rocky zones which provide great opportunities for every angler.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 203 feet
Area: 3762 acres
Shoreline Length: 12.1 miles
Mean Depth: 25 feet

Saratoga Lake Contour Map (PDF)


NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation operates a boat launch located off route 9P. There is a fee to launch. The launch provides parking for 40 cars and trailers, overflow parking is available.

Fish Species:

Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, northern pike, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, walleye, black crappie, bluegill, chain pickerel, and pumpkinseed.


Saratoga Lake produces some decent size smallmouth bass, walleye, and northern pikes. Each year approximately 8,600,000 walleye are stocked in the lake. To find the northern pike, anglers should fish the edge of weed beds. However for smallmouth bass and walleye anglers should fish rocky shores. Anglers targeting panfish should use small jigs and live bait.

Ice Fishing:

Ice fishing is permitted on Saratoga Lake.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website)