Little Tupper Lake is a local favorite, a beautiful spot for fishing, camping, paddling, and more.
Shoreline fishing: limited to the headquarters area. Other shore fishing locations are available, but are only accessible by boat.
Boat access: canoe or kayak only from the Whitney Headquarters location. No motors are allowed.
Insider tips: While the trout population is not robust, there are some rather large brook trout that are unique to this lake only. Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond have special regulations. The best fishing is in the spring, unless you're trolling in the deeper portions during the summer.
Fish species: brook trout and panfish
Special regulations: Always follow New York state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Facilities: Little Tupper Lake has 23 primitive campsites on the lake, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Boating and fishing: motorboats are not allowed on Little Tupper, but canoes, kayaks and guideboats are easily launched from the beach at the Department of Environmental Conservation Little Tupper Headquarters area. There is an informational kiosk and ample parking.
This is one of the most attractive roadside lakes in the Adirondacks and its busy waters will prove to be evidence of that. Once on the water and heading south you have many opportunities for camping to extend your weekend, including shoreline camping and island camping. See Rock Pond for additional paddling opportunities from Little Tupper Lake. Be sure to check out the several small islands that dot the lake for additional fun and exploring.
Type of launch: Cartop launch only
Type of carry: about 100 feet from the parking area, easy, flat
Type of water: the lake is quite long and narrow but does get strong head winds that can make paddling a chore
From the intersection of Routes 30 and 28N in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. After 7 miles, turn left on Sabattis Circle Road. Follow that for just under 3 miles to a split that's just past the bridge over Little Tupper Lake. Turn left onto Sabattis Road and continue for just over a mile to the William C. Whitney Headquarters Road on the left. This is the best access for fishing, as well as the launching area for paddling. Park here for access to camping.
Find out more
Read our blog post, Paddling and birding Round Lake and Little Tupper Lake.