Directions to Access Points
From the intersection of Route 30 and 28N in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue out of town to Circle Road and take that left. Follow that for just under 3 miles to a split that's just past the bridge over Little Tupper Lake. Turn left onto Sabattis Road and continue for just over a mile to the William C. Whitney Headquarters Road on the left. This is the best access.
Shoreline Fishing: Limited to the headquarters area. Other shore fishing locations are available, but only accessed by boat.
Boat access: Canoe or kayak only from the Whitney Headquarters location outlined above.
While the trout population is not robust there are some rather large brook trout that are unique to this lake only. Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond have special regulations.
The best fishing is in the spring, unless you're trolling in the deeper portions during the summer.
Fish Species: Brook trout, panfish
Special Regulations: Always follow New York state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Little Tupper Lake has 23 primitive campsites on the lake, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Boating and Fishing
Motor boats are not allowed on Little Tupper, but canoes, kayaks and guideboats are easily launched from the beach at the Department of Environmental Conservation Little Tupper Headquarters area. There is an informational kiosk and ample parking.
Directions: Drive north of Long Lake, and make a left onto Sabattis Road (County Route 10). When you get to Little Tupper Lake on your left, cross the bridge and continue left. The headquarters is another 1.5 miles on your left. Park in the designated parking lots.
How to Get There
From the 3-way intersection in the Village of Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for around 7.5 miles to Sabattis Circle Road on the left. Follow this down to another three-way intersection and take a left. Follow this to the Whitney Headquarters on the left, park here.
This is one of the most attractive roadside lakes in the Adirondacks and its busy waters will prove to be evidence of that. Once on the water and heading south you have many opportunities for camping to extend you weekend, including shoreline camping and island camping. See Rock Pond for additional paddling opportunities from Little Tupper Lake. Be sure to check out the several small islands that dot the lake for additional fun and exploring.
Type of Launch
Cartop launch only
Type of Carry
About 100 feet from the parking area, easy, flat
Type of Water
The lake is quite long and narrow but does get strong head winds that often make paddling a chore
Find out more
Read our blog post, Paddling and birding Round Lake and Little Tupper Lake.