The lake is located in Adirondacks State Park. The Cranberry Lake region is one of the largest remote areas remaining in the state. There has been only a minimum of civilized encroachment on the lake itself. Just to the south of the lake, lie thousands of acres of rolling hills, numerous lakes and ponds, and unbroken forest lands showing little or no marks of civilization. Cranberry Lake, the northern gateway to the Five Ponds Wilderness, covers 11 square miles and has 55 miles of shoreline, over 40 of which are state owned. The original lake doubled to its current size in 1867 with the construction of a log crib dam for flow, navigation and hydraulic power control. A concrete dam replaced the crib dam in 1916. With all that water, you can expect good paddling around Cranberry Lake. The lake is noted for its fine trout fishing. Just east of Cranberry Lake village, DEC maintains a public campground and day-use area on the lake, which includes a picnic area, a beach, and bathhouses. Graded areas for tents or trailers, convenient water outlets, toilets, a trailer pump-out station, and showers are available. Also available are handicapped accessible campsites, a picnic area, and a fishing pier. A public boat launch is located on the Oswegatchie River located on Columbian Road.
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