Adirondack ponds and lakes — home to icy adventure!

While some people prefer to head indoors when the temperatures dip, most anglers look forward to one of winter’s most popular activities: ice fishing! 

For generations, the waters surrounding Tupper Lake have been calling fishermen and women to come to seek out the trophy-winning fish that are known to lurk beneath the surface. In the winter, as the cold weather bears down on Upstate New York, the lakes and ponds freeze over, and the boats that graced the water on warmer days are quickly replaced by ice shanties and flag-popping action.

Welcome to Hardwater Season!

Grab your augers and tip-ups and come experience why anglers of all abilities consider Tupper Lake to be a fishing haven. It might be the monster-sized northern pike that the annual Northern Challenge Ice Fishing Derby showcases each February. Possibly it is the legend of the state record walleye that is believed to be roaming unscathed, just waiting for you to drop the bait. Or maybe it is simply the breathtaking winter scenery set against the backdrop of small-town charm. Whatever the elements that make up the ideal winter fishing trip might be, odds are Tupper Lake will offer just what you are looking for.

Most Popular Winter Ice Fishing Holes:

  • Simon Pond: Located on the southern end of the town of Tupper Lake, the frozen cap on top of Simon Pond is proven to be a gold mine for bringing in northern pike, perch, and walleye.
  • Raquette Pond: Situated in the middle of the village, Raquette Pond provides easily accessible ice fishing within walking distance.
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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. The pond is rather large and motorboats are allowed.
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Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. There are three perfect launch locations to choose from, each one gives access to a different part of the lake.
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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. The pond is rather large and motorboats are allowed.
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Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. There are three perfect launch locations to choose from, each one gives access to a different part of the lake.
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Situated just south of the village of Tupper Lake, its shallow depth and weedy flats on the western side, accompanied by deeper, open water bays on the eastern side offers up a variety of great fishing holes.
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Situated just south of the village of Tupper Lake, its shallow depth and weedy flats on the western side, accompanied by deeper, open water bays on the eastern side offers up a variety of great fishing holes.
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Big Tupper Lake is one of the best kept secret fishing holes in the Adirondacks. In fact, accounts state that fishery biologists believe that the state-record walleye lives in the lake!
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Situated just south of the village of Tupper Lake, its shallow depth and weedy flats on the western side, accompanied by deeper, open water bays on the eastern side offers up a variety of great fishing holes.
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If pond fishing is your preference, Little Wolf Pond in Tupper Lake is a great option.
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If pond fishing is your preference, Little Wolf Pond in Tupper Lake is a great option.
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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. The pond is rather large and motorboats are allowed.
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Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. There are three perfect launch locations to choose from, each one gives access to a different part of the lake.
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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. The pond is rather large and motorboats are allowed.
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Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. There are three perfect launch locations to choose from, each one gives access to a different part of the lake.
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Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. There are three perfect launch locations to choose from, each one gives access to a different part of the lake.
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Big Tupper Lake is one of the best kept secret fishing holes in the Adirondacks. In fact, accounts state that fishery biologists believe that the state-record walleye lives in the lake!
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