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Mirror Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1,855 feet
Area: 128 acres
Shoreline Length: 2.4 miles
Length: ~1 mile
Max Depth: 65 feet
Mean Depth: 14 feet
Max Width: ~25 miles
Thermocline: ~16 feet
County & Town: Essex County, Town of North Elba

Access:

Across from the DEC Lake Placid boat launch site on Route 86 or Mirror Lake Drive in the village of Lake Placid. DEC maintains a hand launch that is a 50 yard carry to dock at Mirror Lake from the parking area. Only electric motors are permitted.

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

Fish Species:

Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed

Fishing:

The lake is best known as a rainbow trout fishery, but offers some exceptional lake trout within deeper waters during the summer. It is best to use a flashy lure or bait fish. The spring Hexagenia hatch (large mayflies) can offer good fly fishing opportunities for rainbow trout. Great smallmouth bass fishing can also be enjoyed in the early morning or late evening.

Ice Fishing:

Prohibited.

Regulations:

Special Fishing Regulations Apply.

Fisheries Management:

Rainbow and lake trout are stocked annually.


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