Raquette Pond lies north of Tupper Lake and is a manmade lake from a dam located just a bit further north. The pond itself is often used as an access point to get to Tupper Lake for extended paddling and boating, but it can be a hub of activity, offering opportunities to paddle, boat, fish, ice fish, and bird.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 3 toward Piercefield. Continue for just under 1-mile to the park on the left. Here you'll find access for paddling, a small boat launch, and ice fishing.
This is a large lake with very little protection from the elements. Be aware of bad weather, whitecaps often develop early and late in the day. On windy days stay closer to shore or in the grassy areas for added protection. Always be on the lookout for motorboats. Make this one of your stops for the Tupper Lake Paddling Triad!
Shoreline fishing from this location is quite easy. The long shoreline with accessible overlooks and docks gives ample opportunity to cast a line. Fishing from a boat is the best option for fishing this widening of the Raquette River. The pond is very shallow only reaching a bit over 10 feet deep. With ample shallower areas and grassy patches this is where to find the pike and bass. By boat you can access Tupper Lake as well. Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Fish species include: smallmouth bass, Northern pike, yellow perch, and pumpkinseedPLEASE NOTE: A large portion of the shore is private property so please respect private lands.
Ice fishing is good when the ice is safe! Just take care to stay away from the entrance to the Raquette River, as the current will be stronger there and ice may be thinner.
Explore the grasslands between Tupper Lake and Raquette Pond for birding opportunities.