Great Sacandaga Lake
Great Sacandaga Lake
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The Two Great Sacandaga Lakes
4.0 of 5 bubblesJun 2022
Great Sacandaga Lake is really two lakes in one. The five-mile wide southern end is great for famlly camping, sailing, fishing, and people who like take in broad views across flatter land while fishing or cruising in big pontoon and powerboats. Beaches have more sand, and gradual dropoffs, and there are small islands to visit. Lots of casual dining spots, a few hotels, and even a Wal-mart are at the extreme southern end. The northern, narrow section of the lake is very different. Stretching for about 20 miles, this section follows the course of the original Sacandaga River, which was dammed in 1930 to create the lake. It averages about a mile wide and up to 80 feet deep, steep hills on each side drop nearly to the shoreline, creating scenic water against mountain views. This section has few sandy beaches. Water access is often via docks tied to the shore. There are almost no stores or other amenities here, and very few spots with public access to the water. The northern end is more peaceful, but it's still less than an hour from Lake George Village, Glens Falls and the horse racing mecca of Saratoga Springs. These communities offer a wide range of summer fun, plus cultural events, shopping, and fine dining. Rental cabins are more numerous in the southern than the northern end, and rates tend to be lower there. But it's not hard to find a place at either end if you start searching the winter before your visit, or if you can visit during the May/June or September/October shoulder months. Whatever type of experience you're looking for, you can find it at one of the two parts of Great Sacandaga Lake.

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Patricia G
Malvern, United States3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Absolutely beautiful place to relax and unwind. Rental accommodations welcomed our two dogs and we spent hours on the sandy beach playing with them. Rocky Manor rentals did an excellent job making us feel welcomed. Would happily rent there again.
Written 10 July 2023
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Phil C
The Cincinnati Region4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Great Sacandaga Lake is really two lakes in one.
The five-mile wide southern end is great for famlly camping, sailing, fishing, and people who like take in broad views across flatter land while fishing or cruising in big pontoon and powerboats. Beaches have more sand, and gradual dropoffs, and there are small islands to visit. Lots of casual dining spots, a few hotels, and even a Wal-mart are at the extreme southern end.
The northern, narrow section of the lake is very different. Stretching for about 20 miles, this section follows the course of the original Sacandaga River, which was dammed in 1930 to create the lake. It averages about a mile wide and up to 80 feet deep, steep hills on each side drop nearly to the shoreline, creating scenic water against mountain views. This section has few sandy beaches. Water access is often via docks tied to the shore. There are almost no stores or other amenities here, and very few spots with public access to the water.
The northern end is more peaceful, but it's still less than an hour from Lake George Village, Glens Falls and the horse racing mecca of Saratoga Springs. These communities offer a wide range of summer fun, plus cultural events, shopping, and fine dining.
Rental cabins are more numerous in the southern than the northern end, and rates tend to be lower there. But it's not hard to find a place at either end if you start searching the winter before your visit, or if you can visit during the May/June or September/October shoulder months.
Whatever type of experience you're looking for, you can find it at one of the two parts of Great Sacandaga Lake.
Written 25 July 2022
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Charles W
West Babylon, NY123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
My wife and I fished the lake twice during our visit, once from our canoe, launched from the beach newar the Braadalbin boat launch, once from the boat of Fish Attractor Guide Service. The pike that I had hoped for eluded us on both days, but we caught a lot of smallmouth bass (27, the morning we fished with the guide) on swimbaits. Fishing for bass was catch and release only, which was fine, as we enjoyed the fast action.
Written 17 May 2021
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Eddie James
Chester, NY2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
In the past I would've said the lake is clean, clear of seaweed and never overcrowded. Over the past few years there have been more and more people and boats on the lake. Trash piling up at marinas and boat launches. Seaweed is taking over and our boats are getting scummier than ever. There are cleaner, quieter lakes in the adirondacks.
Written 21 October 2020
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Anna
Old Westbury, NY3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
This lake is flat with no great scenery or anything to do. Every lakeside restaurant was over crowded. Tons of boats and the people were very rude. Dump.
Written 3 August 2020
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inspectr
Northville, NY24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
(518) 863-8800 is not the phone number for the Great Sacandaga Lake !!!

Please call the Village of Northville for such info (518) 863-4211
Written 5 July 2020
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BjornvE
Northville, NY38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Lapland lake cross country skiing at its best.
Royal mountain for family down hill skiing.
Great hikes.
Beautiful town of Northville.
You will love it every season
Written 30 December 2019
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Morah A
Sandwich, MA157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I have spent time here in the summer, and also the fall. Such a pretty lake. Did you know that it helps control the water flow to Hudson River leading in NYC. Not as busy as Lake George, but about the same size.
Written 21 September 2019
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mac4747
Palm Beach Shores, FL197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Bought a vacation house on this lake this summer and I'm loving it. Ring of Fire, held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, is not to be missed!
Written 20 September 2019
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Janice47931
Hudson, NY141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
Nice large lake ok for fishing you need a boat to really have fun. I would go back with kayaks .... it is so large it would be really fun.
Written 2 September 2019
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