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Francis Lake

Adirondacks, New York

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  • The dock at the boat launch for Francis Lake.- Francis Lake
  • The lake is lined with trees.- Francis Lake
  • A primitive campsite can be found on a point of land in the southeast corner of the lake.- Francis Lake
  • A few rock outcroppings form tiny islands.- Francis Lake
  • In places, the water gets quite shallow.- Francis Lake
  • Evening light shines on Francis Lake.- Francis Lake
  • A bay in the southeast corner gives way to a winding beaver meadow.- Francis Lake
  • A narrow passage in the beaver meadow.- Francis Lake
  • The lake is often very serene.- Francis Lake
  • Paddling on Francis Lake.- Francis Lake
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great scenery. Limited motor traffic. Backcountry camping.
Cons: 
Small parking area.
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Region:
Adirondacks, NY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.60 mi (4.18 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Francis Lake is a beautiful lake located in the foothills of the Adirondacks. While access is relatively easy, it rarely feels crowded, and a primitive campsite can be found on a point of land hidden away from view on the southeast corner of the lake. The lake is relatively shallow, with a maximum depth of only 18 feet, and a mean depth of 5.2 feet. The beaver meadow found in the southeast bay is an especially interesting feature of the lake.

Covering an area of 137 acres, Francis Lake is by no means huge. A typical trip around the lake lasts about an hour and a half, making it an excellent after-work destination in the long evenings of summer. Its small size and shallow water make the water quite warm, and small rock islands can serve as miniature beaches for those looking to beat the heat. 

The launch site is found in the north corner of the lake, just off the Stillwater Road. The parking area is small, but the walk to the dock is short. This is a car-top launch site only.

Francis Lake is home to chain pickerel, yellow perch, brown bullhead, and pumpkinseed sunfish, though many of the fish are relatively small. Many native and migrating bird species can also be found in the surrounding forest. Loons are commonly found in the open water.

Take time to explore the several surprising bays with great scenery.

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