Follow this short, gentle walk through the forest to a remote lake with views of distant rolling hills. This trail makes for an incredible hike, snowshoe, or ski making it perfect for an easy outing no matter the season.
From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for a bit under 12 miles to the trailhead on the right, parking is on the left.
This trail is short and sweet and makes for a nice afternoon walk back to an attractive lake. The trail is very gentle and only gains about 30 feet from the road, so it makes for an excellent place to take a nice picnic hike with the family. This trail would be a great outing for any season. Strap on snowshoes or cross country skis to experience the trail in the winter.
Round Trip Distance
A great hike for kids, most hikers can complete this trek in less than 1 hour.
How to Get There
From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for 12 miles to the launch on the left, where the outlet of the lake goes into the Sacandaga River.
Once on the water you will paddle upstream under Route 10. Continue upstream in the gentle waters and you will come out onto Good Luck Lake. The lake has nice rocky outcroppings and massive wetland areas on either side that are all worth exploring.
You have one other option to reach the lake, but that requires a 0.4-mile portage along the foot trail to the shore of the lake, which is about a quarter of a mile further north on Route 10.
Type of Launch
Dirt and grass
Type of Carry
Less than 100 feet
Type of Water
This is a very shallow lake and even on nasty days it doesn’t seem to get much wave activity.
Directions to Access Points
From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for a little under 12 miles to the trailhead on the right; parking is on the left.
This will require an easy 0.4 mile hike along a foot trail. Good Luck is a great shore fishing lake, but the area near the end of the trail can be a bit busy in the hot summer months.
From Route 10 you can launch a boat into the Sacandaga River and paddle upstream under Route 10 to the lake. The fishing is best from a boat, but for kids it might be just as easy to stick to the shore.
This lake is an honorable mention as it can be fun to fish with the kids. There are no big fish to be caught here but there are plenty of panfish and perch to be had, and what kid doesn’t like catching a perch?
Panfish, perch, pickerel
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.
The species of chain pickerel, yellow perch, and pumpkinseed are available for ice fishing.