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Fishing

Serious fishermen know that Inlet area waters offer some of the most diverse fishing around. Bass, muskie, trout, and landlocked salmon are just a sample of the fish in our region.

Talk to local residents or hire an experienced guide to learn more about where the fish are biting. Public fishing is available from state and town land, including the boat launches on Fourth Lake and Seventh Lake, the boardwalk at Arrowhead Park, and all of the DEC campgrounds. Some of our best fishing happens in the winter on our majestic frozen lakes.

All fishing must be done with a NYS fishing license and in accordance with DEC rules and regulations. Licenses are available at the Inlet Town Clerk's Office. Email clerk@inletny.com or call (315) 357-5771 for more information. The office is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Licenses are also available at the Inlet Department Store/ACE Hardware: (315) 357-3636.
A fishing access map with tips and locations is available at the Inlet Information Office or by clicking on the link below.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fishing page

Fishing map and guide

Kids Day Fishing

Hunting

The town of Inlet in the West Central Adirondacks is surrounded by millions of acres of state-owned land. Hunting in Inlet (with a NYS license) is a multi-season and multi-species sport. Many sportsmen arrive before the regular big game season for muzzle loading, bow hunting, and early bear season. Whitetail deer are plentiful, and small game is also abundant here. Duck, turkey, and snowshoe hare are a few examples of the small game living in our forests.

Hunting is permitted on all state lands, so the hunting territory in and around Inlet is considerable. Please be considerate of all private land that is posted.  

Licenses are available at the Inlet Department Store/ACE Hardware: (315) 357-3636. Non-resident hunters must hold a hunting license in their home state or a hunting safety certificate in order to purchase a NYS hunting license.

For information on hunting seasons go to:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hunting page

The DEC Hunting and Fishing Hotline for Region 5 at Ray Brook, NY, is (518) 891-5413.

During hunting seasons, hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment. Please recognize that these are fellow outdoor recreationists with the legal right to participate in these activities on the forest preserve. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare. Hikers can wear bright colors as an extra precaution if it makes them more comfortable.

Hunting access map and guide

 MRRA Hunting

Video featuring the Moose River Recreation Area by Mohawk Valley Living

Moose River Plains Wild Forest Inlet, NY, 13360
This trail has easy, rolling terrain and is a great place for the whole family. The path is on an old roadbed that ends at both trailheads to...
This trail has easy, rolling terrain and is a...
Otter Brook Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Note: Falls Pond is located in a wilderness area, so mountain bikes are not allowed.Falls Pond is a fantastic lake to swim in. In the evening you...
Note: Falls Pond is located in a wilderness area...
Inlet,
Start your hike along an old forest road that quickly becomes an attractive walk through a lush hardwood forest. In the fall, during peak foliage,...
Start your hike along an old forest road that...
Otter Brook Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Note: This hike requires a good trail map, which is a must when hiking in such remote locations. Leave word about your trip plans with others before...
Note: This hike requires a good trail map, which...
Inlet,
Directions to Access PointsFrom the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet follow Limekiln Road. Continue to Moose River Plains Road on...
Directions to Access PointsFrom the intersection...
Inlet,
From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic. This is an old...
From the end of Indian River Road at the...
Inlet,
Directions to Access Points:From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 through Raquette Lake and locate the state boat launch on...
Directions to Access Points:From the intersection...
Inlet,
Directions to Access Points:From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 through Raquette Lake and into Inlet. In Inlet follow...
Directions to Access Points:From the intersection...
Inlet,
This is a very short trail to two small backcountry ponds. These shorelines are quite attractive even in winter. Wildlife viewing has great potential...
This is a very short trail to two small...
Inlet,
Access to these ponds can be made quickly from Route 28 just outside of Eagle Bay. Several campsites along the shore offer the perfect getaway for...
Access to these ponds can be made quickly from...
Big Moose Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike. There's also the option of...
The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently...
Big Moose Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back up the road. The...
The trail starts out following the course of Big...
Inlet, NY, 13360
Rainbow trout, lake trout, and land-locked salmon are stocked in Eighth Lake, but rainbows seem the most popular among anglers. Trolling with smelt...
Rainbow trout, lake trout, and land-locked salmon...
Parkhurst Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The trail is flat and easy, and only 0.75 mile long. It winds through a beech forest and opens up on to a small mountain lake. This lake freezes...
The trail is flat and easy, and only 0.75 mile...
South Shore Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Inlet, NY, 13360
The first two miles of this trail is on a recently closed dirt road. Then you must ford the Indian River — use caution, this river can be dangerous....
The first two miles of this trail is on a...
Inlet, NY, 13360
Access to Red River is located 5 miles into the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, off of Limekiln Road.This slow moving, "perfect Adirondack wilderness...
Access to Red River is located 5 miles into the...
Inlet,
Limekiln Lake receives an annual stocking of 2,000 splake, and it yields plenty of fish in the 15 - 18 inch range, and an occasional 5-8 pounder. The...
Limekiln Lake receives an annual stocking of 2,...
Inlet, NY, 13360
With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types of terrain. The...
With many good parking spots around the Red River...
40 Antlers Roa Inlet, NY, 13360
The area around this bridge is the favorite spot of fishermen. Off the beaten path, there are many open sandy areas for casting.This is the North...
The area around this bridge is the favorite spot...
Inlet,
This is a great place for the whole family with easy, rolling terrain. The trail is an old road that ends at Beaver Lake in 2.1 miles. This is the...
This is a great place for the whole family with...
North Rondaxe Road Inlet, NY, 13360
This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a beginner trail, then turns to intermediate past Safford Pond. The trip connects Big Moose Lake and Lake...
This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a...
Cedar River Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far from the main road. Several sites are by the outlet dam. Isolated wilderness sites are located along...
Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far...
Inlet,
An 8.1-mile trip into Big West Lake and to the fireplace left behind by Louie Seymour is a benchmark in the hikes of anyone Adirondack. It was here...
An 8.1-mile trip into Big West Lake and to the...
North Point Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The Sargent Ponds trails offer an excellent opportunity to bike through the woods on well marked, fairly level, paths. Separate trails lead to Upper...
The Sargent Ponds trails offer an excellent...
Inlet,
A 5.9-mile hike to a lake that's great for fishing for native brook trout and for primitive lean-to camping along the shore.Back in the 1880s, boats...
A 5.9-mile hike to a lake that's great for...
Inlet,
Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground. Since there is direct access to the pond, this is a great place to wet a line, swim, canoe, and enjoy...
Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground....
Eighth Lake Campground Inlet, NY, 13360
Explore this turn-of-the-century transportation route by foot or by mountain bike. This loop includes flat dirt roads that are appropriate for...
Explore this turn-of-the-century transportation...
Rondaxe Road Inlet, NY, 13360
These two ponds are located on a foot trail that's off the right side of Rondaxe Road across from the trail to Bald Mountain. Finding good casting...
These two ponds are located on a foot trail that'...
Petrie Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Winter Overview: Always check ice thickness before walking on local lakes. Fourth Lake sees a large amount of snowmobile traffic during the winter....
Winter Overview: Always check ice thickness...
Route 28 Inlet, NY, 13360
Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green Bridge and Lock and Dam picnic area offers about 20 nice fishing locations for fishermen and women...
Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green...
Limekiln Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Limekiln Lake Campground is run by the DEC. You can fish from any of the lakefront sites as well as from the public boat launch. There's splake and...
Limekiln Lake Campground is run by the DEC. You...
North Lake Road Inlet, NY, 13360
The trail to Lower Sargent Pond is marked with both snowmobile and hiking trail markers. It goes primarily through hardwood stands with occasional...
The trail to Lower Sargent Pond is marked with...
Route 28 Inlet, NY, 13360
This is a New York State DEC campground. The fishing from the lake front sites in Eighth Lake Campground has always been good, and there's even...
This is a New York State DEC campground. The...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest Inlet, NY, 13360
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of the 80,000 acre Moose River Plains Complex, a collection of public lands crossed by more than 40 miles...
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of the...
Route 28 Inlet, NY, 13360
This is a New York state DEC campground where there is access to both Seventh and Eighth lakes and nice hiking and nature trails nearby.Loons and...
This is a New York state DEC campground where...
Big Moose Road Inlet, NY, 13360
Known as the Great Eight Lakes, this trail is easy to intermediate and is only 3 miles to Queer Lake, then 2.3 miles to Chain Ponds. Even longer...
Known as the Great Eight Lakes, this trail is...