Queechy Lake

Last Updated: 9/2014
    Queechy Lake offers anglers a wide variety of angling opportunities. It has shallow weedy areas for bass, pickerel and pan fish and deep coldwater areas for trout. It's up to you to figure out what type of fish you want to target. The lake is stocked with approximately 1,500-2,000 brown trout and 1,500-2,000 rainbow trout each spring. Trout hold over in the lake, and reports of 20-inch trout are not unheard of. Largemouth bass are plentiful in the 12 to 14 inch range with larger fish available. Occasional smallmouth bass can be caught. Bluegills are plentiful with 8 inchers common and occasional bluegills up to 10 inches. (NY Department of Environmental Conservation)
       Queechy Lake is located in Canaan, Columbia County, New York. Situated near the Massachusetts state border, the lake is 40 feet deep and contains a surface area of 141 acres. The name comes from the Native American Mahican name Quis-sich-kook, of unknown meaning.  The lake is located near two major roads, New York State Route 295 and New York State Route 22. 
Queechy Lake is a natural body of water.  Sometime prior to 1910, the water levels were raised as a result of the construction of a dam along the Stony Kill, a tributary of Queechy Lake. The purpose of the dam was to store water that would supply mills located downstream.
     As you reach a point of land filled with homes, turn left and south along the shore.  At mile 1.6 a small cove with a brook entering and often boats tied up.
Now the lake narrows until you finally reach the dam and outlet.  Two roads, Queechy Lake Drive and NY Route 295 meet here.
West Side
     Now turn around and travel north along the western side.  You will pass a number of boats tied up and the backside of the Backwater Grille (http://www.backwatergrille.com/), a good place for a meal after paddling.
     Travel north with Queechy Lake Drive along the shore and year-round homes.  As you approach the north end road become hidden and a farm house with a dock is the last house you will see.
North Shore
      The north shore has trees with a large field behind it.  The only open area is the Town Beach (for town residents only).  As the shore turns south again you will see the boat launch.

Skill Level:             Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      3.1 miles
USGS Map:            Pittsfield West, MA & Cheshire, MA  (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:  202-204 Queechy Lake Dr, Canaan, NY 12029
Position: 42-24.65 N 73-24.67 W 
Physical Features:
  • Area:               141 acres
  • Max depth:        40 feet
  • Average Depth: 19 feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Homes, Beach
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1982
  • 8 species – Brown Bullhead, Rock Bass, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch    
Put In and Take Out: (4.8 miles, 8 minutes)
  • From US Route 90 (New York Thruway) take exit B3.
  • Go North on Route 22 toward Austerlitz/New Lebanon.
  • At mile 4.2, turn left on Queechy Lake Drive.
  • At mile 4.4, turn left on a dirt road. Sign reads: QUEECHY LAKE FISHING ACCESS SITE, State of New York, Department of Environmental Conservation, CARTOP BOATS ONLY.
  • Pass through a field and then the field becomes woods and the road ends at a dirt boat launch.  Park and launch here.
Boat Ramp
       The boat launch is an unimproved area, be careful with low undercarriage vehicles.  Parking is limited.  On a lazy summer day there may be shore side fishing going on near the launch.
NY State Pond Map
Entrance to Car top launch
View of Town Beach
A shady view of the car top Boat Launch