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Lake Rondaxe

 Fantastic bass fishing and nice brookies trolling deep with a wobbler. Nobody's ever fishing this lake that I can see. Trailhead at the end of North Rondaxe road leads to state access upriver a short walk. Nice camping site. Says W. Snyder

Great large and smallmouth, and some sizable brookies here. Hiked in at the end of the North Shore Rd to the big bay in the river where state land offers public access and camped in the same spot. Says S. Mack

    Lake is in fact not completely surrounded by private land as resident camp-owners would like fishermen and paddlers to believe to preserve their exclusive sense, and is therefore legally accessible. Unlike waterways which are navigable
in fact there is no question about the public right of navigation when the body of water is adjoined by State land. The Adirondack Mountain Club's Trails Of The West Central Region map has accurate private and State boundary lines which you won't find on geologic survey topo maps. There are two access points via State Wild Forest detailed on the map and clearly indicated by the yellow painted state boundary line at the sites. To get to the access site park  
    near the end of the North Shore Road just a bit past the Goose Pond and Safford Lake trail head. Head in on the North side of the road and travel Northeast about one quarter to one half mile to the North bay just downstream of the
 river's entrance into Rondaxe. The greater majority of the shoreline of this bay is on state land. Alternately, take the Goose Pond and Safford trail and bear right at the intersection a little under a half mile in and head down the Slideoff trail. At just about a mile from the intersection the trail will run next to a kettlehole in the river. The Northeast side of that kettlehole where the trail meets it is also state land. This hike is a bit further but is
an easy walk being relatively flat. The kettle hole is also an excellent place to camp making for a great spot to come back to cook up your brookies and bass and enjoy a relaxing Adirondack evening under beautiful Slideoff mountain. Yes, I did say brookies and bass. Rondaxe has some great brookie fishing though the resident camp owners are largely unaware of their population and so stocked the lake with smallmouth bass several years ago which have since grown large in both population and size. The North Branch River flowing into Rondaxe also offers decent fishing opportunities and is especially scenic. Whichever route you choose, the short bushwack or the trail, you won't be disappointed. Get a map, and don't sweat the exclusive language. Nobody will approach you for fishing on Rondaxe, and you are in your complete right to fish any water in the Park which you have accessed via State land. Says D. Davey

My favorite spot on earth is Rondaxe Lake, wish I could get up there more often.. Says Jacj Diamond Brady

Rondaxe Lake at dusk - JDB


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