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Fourth Lake

Central Adirondack Trail, , near Inlet in Hamilton County

One of eight lakes in the Fulton Chain of Lakes, this string of lakes begins near Old Forge and has been given ordinal designations as you travel east from Old Forge.

One of eight lakes in the Fulton Chain of Lakes. It should be noted that First, Second, Third, and Fourth Lakes are one long lake separated by narrow straits. A narrow, winding passage leads from Third Lake into Fourth Lake, the largest of the Fulton Chain. NYS DEC maintains a picnic area (Fourth Lake Access) on the south shore of Fourth Lake just after you enter the foot of the lake. Car top boat launching and parking facilities are available. Nearby Alger (Big) Island is a public campground with fifteen lean-tos and a facilities supervisor in attendance. Camping on Alger Island requires a camping permit issued at Fourth Lake Access. There is a service charge and accommodations on this island are dependent on whether all sites have been reserved. Distance across Fourth Lake is 5.5 miles to the Village of Inlet. Canoeists should exercise caution on Fourth Lake because of frequent high winds and very rough water. At the east end of Fourth Lake, near Inlet in Hamilton County, a stream allows access to the small Fifth Lake. The lakes support decent populations of game fish. This resource is in Section 1 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile water route extending from Old Forge in the Adirondack Park to Fort Kent, Maine.

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Closest Byway:Central Adirondack Trail
Distance from Byway:on
Best Season:summer
Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
Admission Fee:no
URL:Fourth Lake website


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