Lake Placid, the lake


Loons, osprey and over 200 camps dot the shoreline of these calm waters. The lake floor is rocky with little vegetation.

At 2173 acres, you will need more than one day to explore the mystical Lake Placid. Savor views of Whiteface Mountain and admire lakefront camps from the clean, clear water.

Getting There

The launch site with hard surface ramp is located off Route 86 in the village of Lake Placid on Mirror Lake Drive. Motor boats welcome. Wheelchair accessible with parking for 25 cars and trailers.


Located at the north end of the village of Lake Placid, the water with the same name is an outstanding fishery that includes lake trout, rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. You’ll also find perch and some brown trout, as well of plenty of rock bass.

Spring, however, is for the lake trout anglers, and there are some big ones in here. Sheer numbers of lakers has led the state to impose a smaller, 15-inch size limit on lake trout, with a three-fish daily limit. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Essex County Fish Hatchery both stock rainbows –- the state 8,500 yearlings and the county 800 2-year-old fish -- annually.

Access is via the state-owned boat launch on Route 86-B in the village of Lake Placid.


DEC launch is located on Mirror Lake Drive. A hard surface ramp with a boarding dock. There's parking for 25 cars and trailers.


Accessible for persons with disabilities.

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