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Payne Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 345 feet
Area: 150 acres
Shoreline Length: 2.9 miles
Max Depth: 15 feet
Mean Depth: 6.6 feet
County & Town: Jefferson County, Town of Antwerp


DEC hard surface ramp adjacent to Theresa-Oxbow Road, 1 mile west of the Hamlet of Oxbow. 10 hp limit.

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

Fish Species:

Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Tiger Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Perch


Payne Lake provides a notable largemouth bass fishery. Largemouth bass are abundant, and fish up to 20 inches are taken regularly. The lake also supports a targeted tiger muskellunge fishery, with fish up to 33 inches reported. Payne Lake was stocked with walleye fry or small fingerlings as of 2012. Walleye are present in the lake, but are uncommon.

Ice Fishing:

Ice Fishing is permitted on Payne Lake. Northern pike and panfish provide good ice fishing.


Special regulations apply. See the Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide (PDF).

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