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Sterling Lake

Sterling Lake

Sterling Lake is located inside Sterling Forest State Park and offers a quality fishing experience for those willing to walk for it. While boating is not allowed, a hiking trail follows the shoreline of this crystal-clear lake.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 751 feet
Area: 288 acres
Shoreline Length: 4 miles
Max Depth: 120 feet
Town: Warwick


Access is provided by Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC). Located off of Sterling Mine Road. Shore fishing only. For more information contact 845-351-5907.

Fish Species:

Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel and Panfish


A quality, self sustained Lake Trout population exists, and these fish can be caught from shore during spring and fall. Try spoons or other minnow imitating baits to catch these fish. Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and panfish can also be caught from shore spring through fall.


Special Fishing Regulations Apply

Use or possession of baitfish is prohibited in Sterling Lake.

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