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Great Sacandaga Lake

Great Sacandaga Lake is located in Fulton and Saratoga counties. The lake was created by the damming of the Sacandaga River to provide flood control and flow augmentation in the Hudson Valley and provides many recreational opportunities. The lake is one of the largest in the Adirondack region, and because of its size, there are many different types of fish to meet any anglers desire. The New York State record for Northern Pike (46 lb. 2 oz.) was caught here in 1940.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 771 ft.
Area: 24,707 acres
Shoreline Length: 115 miles
Mean Depth: 32 ft.
Max Depth: 74 ft.
County & Town: Fulton and Saratoga Counties, Towns of Broadalbin, Mayfield, Northville and Hadley

View the Great Sacandaga Lake Contour Map (PDF).


DEC provides 4 boat launches on the lake. The Northville Boat Launch site located off of route 30 has a hard ramp and parking for 60 cars and trailers. The Town of Day Boat Launch site on North Shore road in Saratoga County offers a hard ramp and parking for 40 cars and trailers. The Northampton Beach Campground and Day use area provides a boat launch as well as places to fish from shore on the lake and camp. The Broadalbin Boat Launch site off of county route 110, three miles northeast of Village of Broadalbin has a hard surface ramp parking for 60 cars and trailers.

For more information on these launches including Google Maps driving directions, visit the Boat Launch Sites for Fulton County page and the Boat Launch Sites for Saratoga County page.

Fish Species:

Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Northern Pike, Walleye, Redbreast Sunfish, Rock Bass, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish, Common Carp, and Black Crappie


Great Sacandaga Lake offers a variety of fishing opportunities for many different species of fish, including brown trout and rainbow trout. There can also be brook trout and landlocked salmon found in the lake. Very large northern pike can still be found, and the natural population of walleye is plentiful. Some of the best fishing in recent years has been for smallmouth bass.

Ice Fishing:



Special Fishing Regulations Apply.

Fisheries Management:

DEC stocks rainbow trout into the deeper sections of the lake each year.

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