Rich Lake and Lake Harris

Rich Lake and Lake Harris

Paddling

These lakes are located west of the town of Newcomb. Start on the public beach at either lake for a scenic 7.5-mile roundtrip cruise. The flatwater channel between the lakes has some riffles and a carry. Do not proceed beyond the Route 28N bridge or you will be committed to running the turbulent Hudson River Gorge.

Either location is an excellent choice to put in your canoe or kayak, but expect to pay a small day-use fee at the gate if you use the state campground. When the campground isn’t open in the off-season launching in this location is free of charge, but the gate might be closed increasing the length of the portage.

Once on the water be sure to explore the outlet of Rich Lake and maybe even head into Rich Lake for an extended paddle. Explore a bit downstream along the Hudson River, but be very careful there are many rapids that you may or may not want to challenge. Take a mid-day break by accessing either the campground or the town beach.  

Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length:

6.0 miles

How to get there:

From Exit 29 off I-87 follow Blue Ridge Road to Newcomb and take a right onto Route 28N. Head into Newcomb and locate the access road for the Harris Lake State Campground on the right and follow this to the campground, day use fees will apply. The other access point is a bit further up Route 28N at the town beach area, where there is a public launch.

Type of launch:

Concrete

Portage/Carry Details:

Both are less than 100-feet

Type of water:

Harris Lake can be very choppy in windy conditions, for the best time to paddle visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Motorboats are allowed.

Hiking

A lovely trail circles the shore for water views.

Fishing

Size: 342 acres 

Mean depth: 30 feet

Species: smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed.

Directions to Access Points:

From Exit 29 off I-87 follow Blue Ridge Road to Newcomb and take a right onto Route 28N. Head into Newcomb and locate the access road for the Lake Harris State Campground on the right and follow this to the campground, day use fees will apply. The other access point is a bit further up Route 28N at the town beach area, where there is a public launch.

Shoreline Fishing:

There is decent shore line fishing from the boat launch area and town beach area as well as in the Lake Harris State Campground (fees apply during open season). Smallmouth bass and perch are good from shore and bullhead fishing is pretty decent.

Boat access:

You can launch canoe, kayak and motorboat from either location. The deepest waters hold good northern pike for trolling. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are also good if casting toward shore and retrieving to deeper waters.

Fish Species Types:

Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bullhead, panfish

Special Regulations:

Please respect private property where it exists. Day use fee required at state campground when facility is open 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.

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