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Paradox Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 816 feet
Area: 896 surface acres
Shoreline Length: 12 miles
Length: ~ 4 miles
Max Depth: 52 feet
Mean Depth: 25 feet
Max Width: ~.75 miles
Thermocline: ~23 feet
County & Town: Essex County, Town of Schroon


Within DEC Paradox Lake Campground off of Route 74, two miles east of the Hamlet of Severence. The boat launch has a hard surface ramp with parking for 25 cars and trailers. There is a day use fee during peak season and the launch is open year round.

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

Fish Species:

Lake trout, rainbow trout, lake herring, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed and yellow perch.


Paradox Lake has a natural population of lake trout. DEC stocks landlocked salmon and rainbow trout annually. The west basin has a maximum depth of 52 feet and is suitable to salmonids in the summer months. The east basin is not deep enough to provide cold waters for salmon in the summer.


Special Fishing Regulations Apply.

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