Cranberry Lake

The THIRD largest Lake in the Adirondacks!

Golden sunset over Cranberry Lake

Golden sunset over Cranberry Lake

Courtesy of Sara Goodrow

Sunrise Over Cranberry Lake

Sunrise Over Cranberry Lake

Courtesy of Brock Garrison

Pink Sky Sunrise over Cranberry Lake

Pink Sky Sunrise over Cranberry Lake

Courtesy of Bruce Covell

Birds eye of Cranberry Lake

Birds eye of Cranberry Lake

Courtesy of Cale Nolan

Aerial view of Cranberry Lake

Aerial view of Cranberry Lake

© Carl Heilman

Sunrise over Bear Mountain

Sunrise over Bear Mountain

Courtesy of Valerie White

Sailboat on Cranberry Lake

Sailboat on Cranberry Lake

Courtesy of Robert Sutor

Cranberry Lake from NYS HWY 3

Cranberry Lake from NYS HWY 3

Town Of Clifton Beach

Town Of Clifton Beach

Clifton Town Beach from the lake

Clifton Town Beach from the lake

State Campground Fishing Pier

State Campground Fishing Pier

Courtesy of Karen Soltau

State Campground Beach

State Campground Beach

Courtesy of Erin Trojan

State Campground Beach

State Campground Beach

Cranberry Lake from Bear Mnt.

Cranberry Lake from Bear Mnt.

© Spencer Morrissey

CL "Boating Access Locations" Map

CL "Boating Access Locations" Map

The Cranberry Lake area is one of the largest remote areas remaining in the state,

With only minimum civilized encroachment on the lake itself. Located on the East branch of the "Oswegatchie River",

it was named for the extensive Cranberry bogs it once contained.

 

Originally,the lake was about half its present size, but in 1867 a log crib dam was completed, to control the flow of the river and improve navigation. The dam was replaced with concrete in 1916 and today makes Cranberry Lake the 3rd largest lake in the Adirondack Park, next to Lake George, and The Great Sacandaga lakes respectively.

 

Cranberry lake  boasts a staggering 55 miles  of shoreline, approximately 75% of which, is State owned forest preserve, that is packed full of some of the most remote and scenic, hiking, snowmobiling and biking trails in all of the park.

 

The "Cranberry Lake Wild Forest"

surrounds much of landmass of the North, East, and West shores of the lake, and the

"Five Pond Wilderness Area"

to the South, ensures that this lake is truely "Forever Wild".

 

The sheer size of the lake itself, provides plenty of aquatic recreational opportunities. From from motor boats to kayaks, water skiiing to sailing, fishing, swimming, and more. 

 

It contains an extensive variety of fresh water fish including but not limited to; Perch, Trout, Bass, Northern Pike, & Pan fish .

 

If swimming and beaches are more your forte, you'll be thrilled to know there are  two beaches open to the public for swimming. The "Clifton Town Beach" located right off NYS HWY 3 in the village of Cranberry Lake, and the "Cranberry Lake State Campground beach".

(a small day use fee applies for Campground use).

 

 

Boating Access Locations:

 

"Car Top" boat launch located beside the Clifton Town Beach on NYS HWY 3 in the Hamlet of Cranberry Lake.

 

The DEC maintained "Public Boat Launch" on Columbian Road just outside the hamlet adjacent to the Dam, which is also a

"A top 10 area favorite fishing access location"

 

and is the only "Public" Motorboat launch site for Cranberry Lake, but can also be used as a "Car Top" launch site.

 

Cranberry Lake State Campground also has a "Car Top" launch site, however a small day use fee applies for access to the state campground.

 

 

 

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Cranberry Lake Navigation Maps

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