Franklin Falls

This impoundment of the Saranac River offers a wide variety of species. The 455-acre lake features an irregular shoreline with numerous islands, backwaters and drop-offs. The lake maxes out at 20 feet. You’ll find largemouth and smallmouth bass along with a decent northern pike fishery and a good panfish population.

The marquee fish is the walleye, although it’s best thought of as a catch-and-release proposition as the state has a walleye consumption advisory against eating any because of high levels of mercury.

Access is by a DEC carry down beach launch off County Route 18. 5 miles east of Bloomingdale. Parking for 5 cars.

Much of the lake is under 10 ft deep, and the terrain is rocky; use caution.

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