Upper Cascade Lake


Upper Cascade Lake, the smaller of the two Cascade lakes in the Adirondacks, offers a nice relaxing paddle on the water. With Route 73 right on the shore, it isn’t often super quiet, but it is soothing. The east shore, near the south end and inlet, offers a lovely small waterfall. In the spring it is much more noticeable, but even in the summer, it can be enjoyed as it comes down off the shoulder of Cascade Mountain. Combine the day with Lower Cascade Lake to lengthen your outing. The outlet between the two cannot be paddled.

Size in length:

Just under 0.5 miles

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 feet

Type of water:

Flat, well-sheltered, and usually calm. Often winds come in from the northwest, but it doesn’t seem to affect this lake as much as Lower Cascade Lake.


The Cascade Lakes are hard to miss, as Route 73, between Keene and Lake Placid, runs right by them. But all anglers should notice these twin lakes; regarded as two of the best brook trout waters around. The mountains on the far side of both lakes continue under the water’s surface, so that the lower lake is 40 feet at its deepest, far south, end, and the upper is 60 feet in its middle.

As summer heats up the water, there will be brookies and brown trout, and in Upper Cascade, lake trout. The shallows offer pumpkinseeds and sunfish in both lakes, with yellow perch in Lower Cascade.

Between the lakes is a boat launch providing access to both.

Size: 26.4 acres. Hand launch on Route 73, 6 miles northwest of the hamlet of Keene. Parking for 15 cars.

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