Catlin Bay is a simple 1.1 mile hike along the Northville/Placid Trail at a scenic location along the Northeast Shore of Long Lake. Several camping areas are in the vicinity as well as an outstanding lean-to. Catlin Bay is also easily reached by canoe or kayak for an outstanding multi-day canoe camping adventure.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28N toward Newcomb. Continue on 28N for about 3-miles to Tarbell Hill Road on the left. Follow Tarbell Hill Road for about 1-mile to the parking for the Northville/Placid Trail on the right. The trail is 100-feet further, just over the hill on the right.
The parking is slightly before the actual trail. You will be following the Northville/Placid Trail for this hike and returning via the same route. From the trailhead you will begin a rather sizable descent which will bring you a wetland area with boardwalks placed for easier travel. This is an excellent spot for birding if that is part of your trip. Once past the wet area the trail stays relatively flat with a few small rolling hills. The lean-to will soon be on your left. Head to the lean-to on a short trail and continue along on a herd-path to other camping areas and eventually Catlin Bay. This is an excellent spot to sit and relax and maybe even go for a short dip. In the summer, this bay tends to be a very busy camping destination.
Trailhead to Catlin Bay – 1.1 miles
This makes for an excellent snowshoe destination for the entire family. While the trail gets very little use in winter it makes for a nice winter experience through a very attractive area.