Little Tupper Lake
Directions to Access Points
From the intersection of Route 30 and 28N in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue out of town to Circle Road and take that left. Follow that for just under 3 miles to a split that's just past the bridge over Little Tupper Lake. Turn left onto Sabattis Road and continue for just over a mile to the William C. Whitney Headquarters Road on the left. This is the best access.
Shoreline Fishing: Limited to the headquarters area. Other shore fishing locations are available, but only accessed by boat.
Boat access: Canoe or kayak only from the Whitney Headquarters location outlined above.
While the trout population is not robust there are some rather large brook trout that are unique to this lake only. Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond have special regulations.
The best fishing is in the spring, unless you're trolling in the deeper portions during the summer.
Fish Species: Brook trout, panfish
Special Regulations: Always follow New York state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Little Tupper Lake has 23 primitive campsites on the lake, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Boating and Fishing
Motor boats are not allowed on Little Tupper, but canoes, kayaks and guideboats are easily launched from the beach at the Department of Environmental Conservation Little Tupper Headquarters area. There is an informational kiosk and ample parking.
Directions: Drive north of Long Lake, and make a left onto Sabattis Road (County Route 10). When you get to Little Tupper Lake on your left, cross the bridge and continue left. The headquarters is another 1.5 miles on your left. Park in the designated parking lots.
Little Tupper is a peaceful place to paddle and take in the wildlife as no motor boats are allowed here. It offers plenty of camping and exploring along with majestic views that cannot be beat.
How to get there:
Head south on route 30 for 12 miles until Route 30 intersects with Hamilton County Route 10A, or the Sabattis Road. When you reach this intersection, turn west onto Route 30 and drive 4 miles to the Little Tupper Lake Headquarters entrance road. Proceed down it and you will arrive at an information center and the only on-water access on Little Tupper Lake.
Type of launch: Soft boat launch
Type of water: flat water
Find out more
Read our blog post, Birding Along Tupper Lake and Little Tupper Lake.