Moss Lake NY Is A Great Place For Outdoor Enthusiasts

A kayaker paddling on Moss Lake NY in the Adirondacks.
Moss Lake NY offers an interesting and smooth paddling experience

If you are looking for an idyllic setting that won’t take a long time or great effort to get to, consider Moss Lake located between the communities of Inlet and Old Forge. Moss Lake NY is a beautiful small lake just three miles off of Route 28. At the hamlet of Eagle Bay, turn onto the Big Moose Lake Road until you come to the parking lot and access area. A handicap access site and deck are located about 300 yards further north on Big Moose Road. The area offers paddling, hiking, fishing, and even Adirondack primitive camping.

Moss Lake NY with a Fascinating History

For many years the lake was the site of an exclusive private summer camp for girls. When the state purchased the land in the 1970s, it was seized and occupied by Mohawk Indians. After the controversial occupation ended, the state removed the buildings and made improvements to the area.

Exploring Moss Lake NY: Fishing, Paddling, and Hiking

A quarter-mile trail leads from the parking area to the lake and sandy beach. Moss Lake NY is small but very scenic and makes a great place for a leisurely paddle. Ospreys and loons typically nest here, and a variety of other wildlife can often be seen in these wildlife management areas. Because the lake is small and sheltered, paddling a canoe or kayak is rarely a problem. In some years when beaver dams have raised the water level, you can also travel a distance down the outlet at the western end of the lake.

Fishing Adventures: Brook Trout, Largemouth Bass, and More

Although Moss Lake NY typically used to offer brook trout fishing to anglers, in recent years largemouth Adirondack bass have invaded up the outlet and become well-established. There are deeper areas near the island in the center of the lake, but the best spot to catch brook trout or largemouth bass is beneath standing trees along the eastern or southern shores. Your best bet is to start with crankbaits or sinking worms rigged wacky style.

Winter Activities

A former road is the basis of a trail that extends for two and a half miles around Moss Lake NY. There is also a connecting trail to Bubb and Sis Lakes, which are located near Route 28. This wide trail is also a good place to travel on snowshoes or cross-country skis in the winter. If you do ski here, it is advisable to start on the trail to the left and go clockwise around the lake to avoid some challenging downhill turns across the narrow bridges.

Close up of Trail Marker signs found in Moss Lake NY
Moss Lake has an easy two and half mile hiking trail and several campsites

Adirondack Primitive Camping and Tips for Visitors

Seven primitive campsites with existing fire pits, picnic tables, and privy toilets are located at various distances around the lake. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for them at the sign-in board at the parking lot. Just remember that these popular camping areas are popular, especially in July and on weekends!

Whether it is a short outing for hiking or an all-day get away to combine several activities, consider Moss Lake NY. It may be small but it is big on enjoyment.

Original Article By Dan Tickner, Jr.

About The Author

Dan Tickner, Jr. has lived and paddled all his life in the Adirondacks.  When he isn’t paddling or running his business, he can probably be found hiking, fishing, or checking out the wildlife at spots throughout the central Adirondacks.  He is a regular participant in the Adirondack Classic 90 Mile Canoe Race each year.  He owns and operates Tickner’s Moose River Canoe Outfitters in Old Forge, NY.

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