Boat Launches in the Adirondacks

Adirondack boat launches

Boat launches offer easy access to many of our Adirondack lakes. Some of these boat launches provide free access, others are found at state campgrounds where day use fees apply. From these launches you can also enjoy still waters and remote wildlife by doing some paddling.

There are several types of boat launches:

  • Hard surface or concrete ramp sites afford float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats
  • Beach launch float-off or float-on with trailered boat capability
  • Some sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.
  • Hand launch with no trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.

Remember to help prevent to spread of aquatic invasive species

  • Remove all mud and aquatic plants from all gear, boats, motors, and trailers before departing from your boating location
  • Drain all water including bilges, live wells, and bait tanks before departing from your fishing location
  • Do not transport fish from one body of water to another
  • Do not release unused bait into a body of water
  • Do not dispose of fish carcasses or by-products in any body of water
  • Learn the proper "Clean, Drain, Dry" technique after boating from our friends at the Adirondack Watershed Institute and do your part in protecting the Adirondack Park against the threat of invasive species.

Browse our boat launch listings and find the perfect place to start your day on an Adirondack lake!

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3429 State Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
In business since 1908, the Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery offers boat rentals for half day, full day or weekly rates.
Route 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852
Launch your motorboats, canoes, kayaks, and SUPs here! How to get there From Long Lake, take Route 28N east toward Newcomb. Follow this for 14.5 miles and turn left onto Beach Road.
This is the Lake Harris hard launch.
Petrie Road
Inlet, NY 13360
This large picnic area is on the shore of Fourth Lake.
A wonderful day on the water at Fourth Lake.
Route 30
Long Lake, NY 12847
A fully accessible wilderness area located near Long Lake, it has picnic areas for day trips, space for overnights, and room to enjoy the wilderness.
Several leantos to choose from, on all access hiking paths.
State Route 30
Sabael, NY 12864
The Indian Lake Island Campsite boasts one of the newest and modern launch sites in the area, with a large concrete ramp that can facilitate the largest trailered boats with enough parking for most rigs.
One of the newest and modern launch sites in the area.
Route 30
Speculator, NY 12164
There is an unpaved launch in Speculator on the northern end of Lake Pleasant near the Sacandaga River Outlet. Boat launch limited to canoes, kayaks, and small motor boats on trailers.
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Lake Durant is perfect for fishing, with plenty of weed beds and lots of room to spread out! The launch is fine for most medium-sized boats.
Route 30
Speculator, NY 12164
Lewey Lake campsite is a remotely located DEC campsite situated ½ way between Speculator and Indian Lake, approximately 12 miles from both.
The way to Lewey Lake campsite.
Route 30
Long Lake, NY 12847
This quiet lake is perfect for your paddling, boating, or fishing adventure. Getting there This launch is located at the Lake Eaton State Campground on Route 30 two miles north of Long Lake.
Lake Eaton is a particularly lovely lake in an area full of lovely lakes.
Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
A hard surface boat launch on Limekiln Lake off of Route 28, 3 miles southeast of Inlet in the Adirondacks. Small day use fee for those not camping there.
Get out on Limekiln Lake from the campground.
Old Piseco Road
Piseco, NY 12139
There are three public campgrounds on Piseco Lake, each with a hard surface boat launch. The boat launches are off of Rt. 8, west of the hamlet of Piseco.
Page Street
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
The Sacandaga Lake boat launch is located within the Moffits Beach DEC campsite area, once of the largest in the Adirondacks.
This ramp leads to scenic Sacandaga Lake.
Route 30
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
The 2018 season was marked by historic low water. If conditions continue, please take care and watch for rocks, especially if you are launching a prop boat.
A hard ramp and parking at the launch.
Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
Off of Route 28 within the Hamlet of Inlet you will find the Fourth Lake Boat Launch. This hard surface launch gives public access to Fourth Lake via the eastern shore.
Fourth Lake is an excellent destination.
Uncas Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Motors are not allowed on Brown Tract Pond -- hand launch only. The launch is located at Lower Brown Tract Pond State Campground on Brown Tract Rd. off of Rt. 28, 7 miles east of the hamlet of Eagle Bay.
Page Street
Speculator, NY 12164
Sacandaga Lake is the perfect lake for new adventures, big or small! And with a great hard-launch ramp, it's as easy as ever to access. Getting there This new boat ramp is located within the Moffits Beach DEC Campground.
Route 28
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
On the shores of Raquette Lake sits the Golden Beach Campground and Day Use Area.
Explore historic Raquette Lake.
Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
Within the Eight Lake Public Campground and Day Use Area is the Eighth Lake boat launch. This hard surface launch provides the only public access to Eighth Lake.
The Eighth Lake boat launch has a hard surface ramp and pier.