Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond

Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond

It's all about ease of access and wilderness here! Fishing, camping, paddling, and adventuring are all plentiful.

How to get there

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.

Fishing

A unique heritage strain of wild brook trout are found in Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond. These waters provide wilderness fishing experiences since no motors are allowed. Both locations are NO KILL waters where special regulations call for artificial lures only.

There are 3- to 5-pound brookies in Little Tupper, but larger numbers in Rock Pond, which drains into Little Tupper. Rock Pond is located at the southwestern end of Little Tupper, a seven mile paddle from the access point on the northeastern end of Little Tupper. Little Tupper is a relatively shallow lake, so winds can create choppy water.

Ice fishing

Rock Pond allows ice fishing for Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Pumpkinseed.

Paddling

Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond are both great for canoes and kayaks, although Little Tupper Lake's shallow waters means that on windy days, canoeists are advised to paddle close to the shoreline. Both are accessed via a hand-launch site at Little Tupper Lake, with a short carry to Rock Pond Outlet. Common Loons and Bald Eagles are frequently seen in and above the water.

Camping

There are 24 primitive tent sites on Little Tupper Lake and 6 on Rock Pond. These are best accessed by water and are first-come, first-served.

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