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On the Water in Saratoga County!

Sacandaga lake mapThe Great Sacandaga Lake

Welcome to the beautiful Great Sacandaga Lake, located at the gateway to the majestic Adirondack Mountains.

Sacandaga Lake is known for recreational boating, whitewater rafting, tubing and kayaking and winter sports like snowmobiling and ice fishing. Fishing is abundant with a variety of species including walleye, bass, northern pike and perch, and several annual fishing tournaments are held each season. In January, the Walleye Challenge ice fishing derby brings in  over 1,000 participants annually for a day of fun, sportsmanship and prizes. In 1940, a record holding northern pike was caught in the Sacandaga Lake. Because the lake levels are subject to dramatic changes, caution is advised while boating.

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Moreau Lake State Park

Moreau Lake State Park offers the perfect combination of scenic beauty, outdoor recreation and camping. The lake is surrounded by lush forests and rocky ridges. There is also a shaded picnic area and a pavilion overlooking the lake. Wooded campgrounds are quiet and secluded. The sandy beach is great for a day of sunbathing and swimming along with other fun water activities like boating, fishing and kayaking. Visitors can also hike the wooded trails and cross-country ski in the winter. The park is known for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Moreau Lake State Park is located in northern Saratoga County, only minutes from Saratoga Springs, off of exit 17 S of I-87.

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Saratoga Lake

Saratoga Lake is located about 25 miles north of Albany and slightly southeast of Saratoga Springs. It is fed by the Kaydeross Creek and Fish Creek serves as its outlet at the north end of the lake. The water from Fish Creek empties into the Hudson River in Schuylerville.

Along the edge of the lake, there are a number of marinas and a public boat launch located at the northeastern end. The lake is used for a number of recreational activities. It is used by a wide range of boats, both large and small. Although a smaller boat may be preferred because of the shallow water close to the shore, larger boats can still function easily closer to the center of the lake.

The lake contains a wide variety of game fish including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, perch, carp, bluegill, crappie, sunfish, walleye, and northern pike. More details: Saratoga Lake »

map of hiking biking and canal routesThe Lakes to Locks Passage

Midway between Manhattan and Montreal, this inter-connected waterway shaped the destiny of the United States and Canada. By bike, foot, boat, train or car, Lakes to Locks Passage provides access to charming cities, rural landscapes and Adirondack hamlets. Through all four seasons, you can travel through numerous historic, natural, cultural and recreational experiences along the scenic waterway that links upstate New York to southern Quebec.

The Byway follows the interconnected waterway of the Upper Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George, Lake Champlain, Richelieu River and Chambly Canal through six Counties in New York State: Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Essex, and Clinton. Through the Quebec/New York Trade Corridor, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2005 with the CRE Monteregie Est in Quebec for cross-border promotion of tourism to national and international markets.

Champlain Canal Way Trail

Browns Beach in Stillwater

Soak up the sun and spend the day relaxing on the beach or enjoy your favorite water sports.  Rent Pontoons, Kayaks, and SUPs. The beach is opened daily 10am – 7pm with a lifeguard on duty throughout those hours.

The beach has a kayak/canoe launch and there is a large pavilion available for rent through Panza’s Restaurant, please call Tony Panza for renting information 518-306.4987.

Residents are welcome to bring their own cooler with food and beverages.   Please NO GLASS! We ask that you leave your furry friends home!

Call Brown's Beach anytime between 10 am – 7 pm for questions (during the season), especially if there is questionable weather in the forecast. 518-466-0678. More details: Town of Stillwater »

Saratoga Rowing Association

Rowing has been a part of Saratoga since 1874 when nine teams gathered for the first collegiate race on Saratoga Lake.

Today that tradition continues with competitive events each spring and fall. Leading the way is the Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) whose mission reads: "Strengthening our community by promoting the sport and culture of rowing, fostering excellence and integrity in our athletes, and growing Saratoga as a premiere rowing destination."

SRA hosts several local regattas annually:

  • Saratoga Invitational (early spring)
  • NYS Collegiate Championships (mid-spring)
  • New York State Scholastic Championships (mid-spring)
  • North American Junior B/C Championships (mid-spring)
  • Tail of the Fish (early fall)
  • Head of the Fish (late fall).

The Head of the Fish Regatta which takes place at the end of October each year rivals the Head of the Charles in size with over 2,000 entries.  Saratoga has become a premier rowing destination in the Northeast drawing thousands of competitors and visitors each year.  Saratoga Rowing Association hosts the regattas and runs training programs (including an adaptive program) for adolescents, children and adults year-round on Fish Creek and at their boathouse training facility.

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