Lake Placid Lake

  • Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid

Fish Species

Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout

Lake Placid is a beauty, with plenty of room to explore and fantastic views. Access is via the state-owned boat launch on Mirror Lake Drive in the village of Lake Placid with little to no shore access.

Getting there

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


DEC launch is located on Mirror Lake Drive. There is a hard surface ramp with a boarding dock and room for two boats in the launch.


This beautiful and distinctly-shaped lake offers outstanding views of Whiteface Mountain and the McKenzie range. Loons and osprey are often seen here, and over 200 private camps dot the shoreline. At 2,173 acres, many people take more than one day to explore the mystical Lake Placid. Paddle to one of the public campsites or take a break at Whiteface Landing and enjoy the sparkling waters. Spring and fall, when there are fewer motor boats, are prime time for paddlers looking to tackle one of the larger lakes of the northern Adirondacks.


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 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.