Lake Durant


Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

The best launch areas are from the secondary paved road, but it is very rough for vehicles with low clearance. If you don't have enough clearance, park across the road in the parking area and walk the few hundred feet to a nice launch area.

Once on the water you will have some excellent scenic vistas and, in the fall, it is very colorful. The islands that dot the water are excellent spots to take shore for a picnic or a rest stop to stretch your legs. Head west down into the narrows and pass closer to Rock Pond for some additional scenic areas.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, follow Route 28/30 toward Indian Lake. Continue for a bit over 1.5 miles to a rest area on the left. Cars with low clearance vehicles should park here and walk the secondary rough road directly across the street. The best launches are from along this rough road.

You can also launch from the Lake Durant State Campground a bit further up the road, but a day use fee will be required.


The launch is a hand launch of sand and stone; you can either launch roadside or will have to carry your boat 0.1 miles, depending on where you park. This is a very shallow lake and not well-sheltered. It can get rough under ill weather conditions.

Motorboats are allowed; however, there are lots of rocks under the surface, so you typically don't see larger motors. 

Please keep in mind that this lake contains the aquatic invasive species variable-leaf milfoil. This aquatic plant can be transported and spread from lake to lake through fragments. Take care to clean all boats and equipment to help ensure lakes stay clean.