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Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator

P.O. Box 103                                Speculator NY 12164 e-mail: website: Phone#: (518) 548-HIST

Louis Seymour, known as "French Louie" or "Adirondack French Louie"was an Adirondack guide, trapper, woodsman and hermit who died in 1915. His age was unknown but his death certificate said he was 84. He was born near Ottawa Canada, sometime around 1832. French Louie is mentioned in virtually every book written about the South-Central Adirondacks.

Speculator also boasts an interpretive river walk called the Sacandaga River Community Park.  This handicapped-accessible pathway is visited and enjoyed by thousands of people each year, and consists of boardwalks and trails winding through an Adirondack wetland. Speculator has one of the most extensive signed mountain bike trails systems in the Adirondack region. The trail system consists of two bike loops, the larger is 13.7 miles long, and the shorter Kunjamuk Cave loop is 7.2 miles long. All trail signs make reference to the Speculator ball field, in both directions of travel. The larger loop is accessed from all parking lots, which have informational kiosks, where you may obtain detailed trail maps and information regarding the trails.

Snowmobile Map

Sacandaga Lake has many bays and 13.2 miles of shoreline, of which approximately half is forever wild state forest preserve. A navigable channel connects Sacandaga Lake with Lake Pleasant. This water is home to panfish and brown and rainbow trout. Sacandaga Lake also has smallmouth bass, walleye and pickerel.

Access: Anglers will find public access at Moffitt Beach State Campground.
Lake Pleasant offers clear, natural surroundings with apx. 9.6 miles of shoreline. It has a good population of brown and rainbow trout due to hefty stockings by DEC. Because of a thriving rainbow smelt population, browns and rainbows grow large here. Pickerel can be found in weedy areas. Lake Pleasant is a good bet for trout because both species are all over. During the summer, anglers catch rainbows using lanterns and chumming with corn. Winter anglers catch big browns by using smelt for bait. The lake holds significant numbers ofsmallmouth bass and offers some excellent early season walleye.

Access: Anglers can access Lake Pleasant from an unpaved town launch bear the outlet at Sacandaga River or from a boat launch on the pavilion side of the Speculator Bridge. Lake Pleasant Marine also has a launch.


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