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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 Region 5, and because of its size, there are many different types of fish to meet any fishermen's desire. The NYS record Northern Pike was caught here in 1940.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 771 ft
Area: 24707 acres
Shoreline Length: 115 miles
Mean Depth: 32 ft
Max Depth: 74 ft
Great Sacandaga Lake Contour Map (PDF)


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has 4 boat launches on the lake. The Northville Boat Launch site located off of route 30 in the village of Northville 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, 3 miles northeast of Village of Broadalbin has a hard surface ramp parking for 60 cars and trailers.

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. The DEC stocks 12,000 rainbow trout into the deeper sections of the lake each year. The Great Sacandaga Fish Federation stocks two year old brown 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:

Ice fishing is permitted on Great Sacandaga Lake.


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