Lake Placid, the lake

  • Mirror Lake Drive
    Lake Placid

Fish Species

Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout

Getting there

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


DEC launch is located on Mirror Lake Drive. A hard surface ramp with a boarding dock. 


This beautiful and distinctly shaped lake offers outstanding views of Whiteface Mountain. Loons and osprey are often seen here, and over 200 camps dot the shoreline. At 2,173 acres, many people take more than one day to explore the mystical Lake Placid. 


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 annually — the state stocks 8,500 yearlings and the county stocks 800 2-year-old fish.

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