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Francis Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1,450 feet
Area: 137 acres
Shoreline Length: 4.3 miles
Max Depth: 18 Feet
Mean Depth: 5.2 feet
County & Town: Lewis County, Town of Watson


DEC hand launch site on Number Four Road in the Town of Watson.

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

Fish Species:

Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed


This lake is quite shallow and weedy in places. Chain pickerel can be found along the weedy margins where the water is a little deeper. Also try the edges of the water lilies in some of the marshy areas. Small crank baits and spoons should be effective. Yellow perch and pumpkinseed tend to be on the small side but will readily take a worm when offered.


Special Fishing Regulations Apply.

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