Big Trout and Cedar Lake


From Lows Lower Dam the views out over the Bog River are very nice. To get to Big Trout Lake you need to cross over the dam and gain the trail on the opposite side. The trail is quite narrow and a bit hidden. The trail remains moderate for a while but soon starts to climb to a ridge line for an unnamed small hill to your left. Once on the ridge you will have a short distance a modest descent is in front of you. The hill starts out fairly gentle but gets slightly steeper as you approach the Shore of Big Trout Lake. The view out over the lake is very nice and a frequent location for loons. 

Trailhead Location: 

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 30 toward Long Lake. Continue for 9.1 miles to Route 421 on your right. Turn down 421 and continue for 5.5 miles to the Lows Lower Dam Road. Drive this to the end and find a parking spot. This area can be very congested for parking, so come early. 

Distance Round Trip:

2.8 Miles

Elevation Gain or Loss: 


Time Round Trip:  

Family with Young Kids:     3 to 4 hours

Experienced Hiker:         2 to 3 hours

Out of Shape Hiker:     3 to 4 hours


The open season for trout is all year, three fish of at least 12 inches. Lake trout is open all year for three fish of at least 21 inches.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is permitted.