Lake Eaton is known for fine fishing all year long. Motorboat access is only from the campground, via day use fee.
The great fishing continues into the winter, with access largely from the snowmobile trail that runs near the lake shore. There is even an annual ice fishing derby on the lake, and the DEC regularly stocks the lake with salmonids.
Directions to Access Points
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue out of town for about a mile to the state campground on the left; access is within the campground. A day use fee will be required when the campground is open, roughly mid-May through mid-October each year.
There is a ton of shoreline fishing which is open until ice-in. A day use fee will be required even for walk-ins if you want to fish from within the campground. However there is a trail that accesses the lake from the Owl's Head Mountain trail or along a snowmobile trail off Route 30 that will give you shoreline fishing at different spots along most of the western shore of the lake, it will just be required that you do some hiking to access that part of the lake. If the campground is open, you will not be able to fish from campsites that are occupied. The campground is open from mid-May through mid-October each year.
The only motorboat access is from the Lake Eaton State Campground and that is only while the campground is open for the season, otherwise the gate will be closed. Fish the deep portions of the lake and fish deep for good smallmouth bass. The eastern shallows of a small bay near Beacher Park are a great location for rainbow trout.
Fish Species Types
Lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout
A day-use fee will be required for Lake Eaton when the campground is open. Motorboat access will only be available when the campground is operating for the season.Always follow state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Also please refer to the state regulations and preventative measures in regards to Aquatic Invasive Species, boat wash facilities, and the state law of "Clean, Drain, and Dry."
Lake Eaton is one of the most popular waterbodies in the Long Lake region, and there are a few reasons for this. For one, it has a wonderful state campground on the northeast shore. Two, it has some outstanding fishing that anglers just rave about. Three, the paddling on this jagged lake is very relaxing and it's an outstanding place to watch the sunset and listen to the loons. There are other reasons for this lake's popularity, but you should go find out for yourself. Here's a hint — wildlife!
How to Get There
From the three-way intersection in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through for 2.5 miles to the campground entrance on the left.
The only launch for Lake Eaton is located in the state campground and during their open season a small day use fee is required. The fee is minimal, but with the day use fee you also have access to showers, restrooms, a sandy beach, and picnic area.
You will find the best launch to be at the beach area where there is ample parking for the day. Pass by the ranger station and take your first right, the parking will be down on the right.
If you wish to have a hiking excursion as well, a foot trail is located at the southern end of the lake that leads up Owl's Head Mountain, which is one of the Adirondack fire tower peaks. A scenic bay resides at the eastern side of the lake, while attractive shores open up the opportunities to get out and explore.
Type of Launch
Shoreline launch with shallow water and easy access
Type of Carry
About 100 feet from the parking area, easy, flat
Type of Water
This is a fairly well sheltered lake, with many bays and jagged edges. However, when out in the middle this lake can feel very big and whitecaps can occur if the weather patterns agree.
There's a swimming beach at the campground.
Find out more
Read about this lake in our blog post, Ice Fishing on Lake Eaton.