Lower Cascade Lake


When paddling Lower Cascade Lake you will often have the wind at your back going downstream, but fighting a stiff breeze on the way back to the parking area. Heavy boulders dot the side of the water while the cliffs of Pitchoff Mountain loom to the north.

Be sure to rest at the east end of the lake next to the floating boulder and watch rock climbers climb high on narrow holds. But don’t go too far to the east or you will get snagged in the beaver activity.

Size in area: Size: 26.4 Acres.

How to get there: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue on Route 73 for 9-miles to the parking/picnic area between Upper and Lower Cascade Lakes.

Type of launch: Short carry of less than 100 Yards

Type of water: Flat with strong wind patterns from the west


Chances are, on your visit to Lake Placid and Essex County, you’ll drive by the Cascade Lakes. Located on Route 73 between Keene and Lake Placid, they are hard to miss. But fishermen should stop and take a look at what these twins have to offer. Regarded as two of the best brook trout waters in Essex County, the mountains on the far side of both lakes continue under the water’s surface, leaving Lower Cascade 40 feet at its deepest (at the far south end of the lake away from the launch that sits between the two lakes), while Upper Cascade plummets to 60 feet in the middle.

During the summer months, this is where you will find the brookies and likely brown trout as well. Upper Cascade is also home to some lake trout. In the shallows, look for pumpkinseeds and sunfish in both lakes, along with yellow perch in Lower Cascade. Access is via a boat launch between the two.

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