Gilman Lake

Gilman Lake

How to Get There

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue just under 1 mile, turn right on County Route 11, then turn left on Gilmantown Road. Follow that for 2.8 miles to the lake access on the right.


With a shoreline of just over 2 miles, this isn't the largest lake in the Adirondacks, but it sure is one of the most scenic. Located close to a town road for easy access, it still seems to have that backcountry feel. Paddle around the lilies and pickerel weed for some added adventure and birding. If you're up for a neat adventure, Speculator Mountain is approached best via the pond. Most of the shoreline is private property but the northwest end of the lake is part of the Silver Lake Wilderness.

Type of Launch

Easy, sandy shoreline

Type of Carry

Short, easy carry of less than 100 feet

Type of Water

Well protected by the nearly tall mountains with calm conditions. No motorboats

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