This is a New York State DEC campground. The fishing from the lake front sites in Eighth Lake Campground has always been good, and there's even a small boat launch where one could troll for lake trout. This spot allows access to both Seventh and Eighth lakes. There's also a nice, short fishing dock that extends into Seventh Lake, where fishing in the evenings is better. 

Location: From Downtown Inlet, drive 5 miles to the Eighth Lake State Campground on the left. A day use or camping fee will be required.

McRorie Lake

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through town and locate Kickerville Road on the right, about 0.6 miles past the bridge over Long Lake. Follow Kickerville Road to the Stone Building at the end. From here a dirt road passes to its right, this leads to the Cedarlands Boy Scout Camp. The road is marked as private but it is open to the public when the scouts are not in session. Drive down this dirt road for around 1-mile to the designated public parking on the left.

Shoreline Fishing:

The only decent shoreline fishing access is along the boat launch area, it is best fished from a boat

Boat access:

The only boat access is via a 1.5 mile carry along dirt roads, there is no motorboat access. From the parking area return to the road and take a left onto the access road. Walk this for about 0.3 miles to a split in the road and three gates. Take a left and follow this forest road for the remaining 1.2 miles to the canoe carry on the right, just over the bridge for the outlet. Walk the canoe carry for a couple hundred feet to the boat access. The lake is reported to be around 45 feet deep with plenty of features for bass fishing including small islands and shallows.

Fish Species Types:

Brook trout, rainbow trout, perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass

Special Regulations:

You can use the easement, lakes, and trails between August 23rd and June 23rd when the Boy Scouts are not in session, and remember this is private land so please respect it.

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Mud Pond | Fishing

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through town and locate Kickerville Road on the right, about 0.6 miles past the bridge over Long Lake. Follow Kickerville Road to the Stone Building at the end. From here a dirt road passes to its right, this leads to the Cedarlands Boy Scout Camp. The road is marked as private but it is open to the public when the scouts are not in session. Drive down this dirt road for around 1-mile to the designated public parking on the left.

Shoreline Fishing:

The only decent shoreline fishing access is along the boat launch area, it is best fished from a boat

Boat access:

The only boat access is via a 0.7 mile carry along dirt roads, there is no motorboat access. From the parking area return to the road and take a left onto the access road. Walk this for about 0.3 miles to a split in the road and three gates. Take a left and follow this forest road for the remaining 0.4 miles to the canoe carry for Mud Pond which will be on the left. Best fished is the northern inlet and southern outlet.

Fish Species Types:

Brook trout, rainbow trout, perch

Special Regulations:

You can use the easement, lakes, and trails between August 23rd and June 23rd when the Boy Scouts are not in session, and remember this is private land so please respect it.

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Gilman Lake Fishing Spot

Directions to Access Point(s):

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue just under 1-mile to County Route 11 on the right and turn here. Continue on CR 11 to Gilmantown Road on the left. Follow here for 2.8 miles to the lake's access on the right.

Shoreline Fishing:

Shoreline fishing is pretty decent here at the launch area. If the water is low enough you can work down the shore and also wade out for quite some distance as well.

Boat access:

This is the only boat access and for cartop only, no motorboat access. Access the weeds and lilies for the best bass fishing.

Fish Species Types:

Rainbow trout and smallmouth bass

Special Regulations:

Follow the fishing season for smallmouth bass

Blue Mountain Lake | Fishing

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake. Continue for 0.25 miles to the public beach on the right for canoe/kayak launch. For motorboat launching you will need to use the local marina a bit further up Route 28 (fees may apply).

Shoreline Fishing:

Limited to near town beach area or off the Castle Rock Trail on the north side. On the north side would require a hike of around 1-mile to a limited access corridor. Shore fishing is not the best of options.

Boat access:

Car-top boat access near the town beach is the only access point to launch a canoe or kayak. To launch a motor boat there is a private marina but fees will be required to launch. Fishing from a boat is really the only good option. Smallmouth bass seems to be the best fish for the waters and are most abundant around the islands. If you are I search of rainbow trout you will need to be near the out by Eagle Lake or near the inlets of the small streams and brooks where the water is cooler.

Fish Species Types:

Lake Trout, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon

Special Regulations:

Much of the shore is private property, please respect.

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Raquette River at the Long Lake Headwaters

Directions to Access Points:

From the 3-way intersection in the Hamlet of Long Lake follow Route 30/28N toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue for just over 3-miles to North Point Road on the right. Follow North Point Road for around 2-miles to canoe carry on the right.

Shoreline Fishing:

Shoreline fishing is pretty good here, but upstream along the Raquette River is better because of the confluence of the lake and river.

Boat access:

You can put in a cartop boat here in this location for additional fishing opportunities onto the south end of Long Lake. Bass fishing here is actually pretty good, and rumor has it Northern Pike hang out deep and in the weeds here.

Fish Species Types:

Rainbow trout, small mouth bass, panfish, northern pike

Special Regulations:

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Forked Lake Dam

Directions to Forked Lake Dam Access Points

From the three-way intersection in the Hamlet of Long Lake, follow Route 30/28N toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue for just over 3 miles to North Point Road on the right. Follow North Point Road for 3 miles to Forked Lake Road, on the right. Forked Lake Road is very rough and narrow with heavy traffic during the summer. Drive to the end at Forked Lake Campground. Day use fee required.

Shoreline Fishing

This spot is shoreline fishing only. There is a herd path leading downstream along the river for additional access points. Shorter poles work best in this location due to overhanging trees.

Boat access

No boat access except for above the dam along Forked Lake itself.

Fish Species Types

Rainbow trout

Special Regulations

Day use fee required at the state campground.
Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a New York State Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional state Department of Environmental Conservation office.

Seventh Lake

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 through Raquette Lake and locate the state boat launch on the right.

Shoreline Fishing:

Along 7th Lake there are a ton of primitive campsites where you can practice shore fishing. You also have options along Route 28 and at the and around the state boat launch site. The water is quite shallow in the area of the boat launch so you can get out much further as needed.

Boat access:

This is the best form of fishing for 7th Lake. Use the concrete state boat launch to access with canoe, kayak, or motor boat. Locate Goff Island on the southern end of the lake and you should have decent luck with trout and salmon. Trolling for salmon and lake trout is also a good practice.

Fish Species Types:

Lake Trout, landlocked salmon, brown trout, bull head, rainbow trout

Special Regulations:

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Lake Eaton

Directions to Access Points

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue out of town for about a mile to the state campground on the left, access is within the campground. A day use fee will be required.

Shoreline Fishing

There is a ton of shoreline fishing which open until ice in. A day use fee will be required even for walk-ins if you want to fish from within the campground. However there is a trail that accesses the lake from the Owl's Head Mountain Trail or along a snowmobile trail off Route 30 that will give you shoreline fishing at different spots along most of the western shore of the lake, it will just be required that you do some hiking to access that part of the lake.

Boat access

The only motorboat access is from the state campground and that is only while the campground is open for the season, otherwise the gate will be closed. Fish the deep portions of the lake and fish deep for good smallmouth bass. The eastern shallows of a small bay near Beacher Park are a great location for rainbow trout.

Fish Species Types

Lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout

Special Regulations

A day-use fee will be required for Lake Eaton when the campground is open. Motorboat access will only be available when the campground is operating for the season.

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Also please refer to the state regulations and preventative measures in reagrds to Aquatic Invasive Species, boat wash facilities, and the new state law of "Clean, Drain, and Dry."