Formed in 1930 when a dam was built on the Sacandaga River, this 26,860-acre Great Sacandaga Lake averages 32 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 70 feet. Subject to wildly fluctuating water levels, it’s a dangerous place for boats—especially during low water, when its numerous shoals reach propeller level. Totally contained within the Adirondack Park, ancient peaks loom over the reservoir’s northern horizon. The 246-acre East Caroga Lake averages 13 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 48 feet. A little more than half its shoreline is developed with private residences. It is connected to West Caroga Lake by a navigable channel. Oval-shaped with symmetrical contours steadily sliding into its deep center, the 227-acre West Canoga Lake averages 34 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 74 feet. It is connected to East Caroga Lake by a navigable channel, and much of its shoreline is developed with private residences. Key species: Northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, brown trout, splake, chain pickerel, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, panfish, landlocked Atlantic salmon, whitefish, and rainbow trout.
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