Lake Information

Saratoga Lake is located at 43° 3' N latitude and 73° 43' W longitude, about 25 miles north of Albany and slightly southeast
of Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Lake is fed by the Kaydeross Creek and Fish Creek serves as its outlet at the north end of the lake. The water from
Fish Creek empties into the Hudson River in Schuylerville.

Along the edge of the lake there are a number of marinas and a public boat launch located at the northeastern end. The lake is used
for a number of recreational activities. It is used by a wide range of boats, both large and small. Although a smaller boat may be preferred because of the shallow water close to the shore, larger boats can still function easily closer to the center of the lake.

The lake contains a wide variety of game fish including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, perch, carp, bluegill, crappie, sunfish, walleye and northern pike.

Saratoga Lake Ice-Out Dates
Compiled by Ann Durocher
1964 April 11 1984 April 10 2004 April 11
1965 April 10 1985 March 25 2005 April 8
1966 April 10 1986 April 19 2006 March 19
1967 April 10 1987 March 31 2007 April 15
1968 April 11 1988 April 3 2008 April 8
1969 April 9 1989 March 28 2009 March 30
1970 April 15 1990 March 28 2010 March 17
1971 April 24 1991 April 4 2011 April 10
1972 April 22 1992 April 5 2012 March 12
1973 March 22 1993 April 5 2013 March 31
1974 March 29 1994 1/23 -
re-froze;
out 3/27
   
1975 April 5 1995 April 4    
1976 March 29 1996 April 4    
1977 April 1 1997 April 7    
1978 April 13 1998 March 28    
1979 April 1 1999 April 19    
1980 March 30 2000 March 30    
1981 April 17 2001 April 17    
1982 April 17 2002 March 10    
1983 March 20 2003 April 15    



Saratoga Lake Drainage Basin

Saratoga Lake drains approximately 28% of Saratoga County’s land area, encompassing 244 square miles in the central portion of the County. The drainage area includes portions of Corinth, Wilton, Saratoga, Stillwater, Malta, Ballston, Charlton, Galway and Providence, as well as nearly all of Greenfield, Milton and the City of Saratoga Springs.

 


Saratoga Lake Morphometric Characteristics and Comparison to Area Lakes

Saratoga Lake Lake George Ballston Lake Great Sacandaga Lake
Lake Area
4,028 acres 28,160 acres 314 acres 28,860 acres
6.3 square miles 44 square miles .5 square miles 42 square miles
Average Depth
25 feet 59 feet 22 feet 32 feet
Maximum Depth
95 feet 191 feet 116 feet 70 feet
Lake Volume
33 billion gallons 555 billion gallons 3 billion gallons 280 billion gallons
163 million cubic yards 3 billion cubic yards 11 million cubic yards 1 billion cubic yards
Watershed Area
156,170 acres 149,120 acres 6,326 acres 668,170 acres
Drainage Basin
244 square miles 233 square miles 10 square miles 1,044 square miles
Shoreline Length
23 miles 131 miles 7 miles 66 miles
Flushing Rate
5 months 8 years, 8 months 10 months 8 months
Class
A AA special A A

Source: NYS DEC