The Stoner Lakes

The Adirondacks 



The Stoner Lakes are relatively shallow lakes but consistent with many Adirondack lakes in terms of depth and chemical composition.  Reports and depth maps relating to East Stoner Lake produced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation illustrate that its maximum depth is approximately 27 feet.  Local residents have reported however, that there is a small pocket on the northeast side of the lake that is approximately 35 feet deep which has been confirmed by the use of portable depth and fish  finders. The lake is approximately 77 acres in size with a shoreline length of approximately 2.9 km.  The shoreline is basically hard sand and gravel with several sections of emergent vegetation, particularly at the mouths of the inlet streams and in the main outlet.  Suitable spawning habitat exists for numerous species of fish but the lake has had a poor fishing reputation for decades due to lack of cover and structure for fry.  The lake is essentially shaped like a bowl with few rocks or stumps and with few drop-offs.  East Stoner Lake does not have public access or a boat launch.

West Stoner Lake is approximately 64 acres in size with a maximum depth of of approximately 13 feet, its shallow depth attributing to higher water temperatures than the other two lakes.  Approximately 40% of the surface area is covered by emergent and submergent vegetation.  The PH has historically been approximately 7.0 with normal levels of alkalinity.  The shoreline bottom is hard sand and gravel with occasional boulders and rocks.  The DEC reported in a 1975 analysis of the lake that it has "good spawning habitat for all existing species."   West Stoner Lake does not have public access or a boat launch.  West Stoner Lake has additionally had a poor fishing reputation for decades.

Little Stoner Lake is a bowl shaped, relatively deep pond with a hard gravel shoreline and minimum emergent vegetation. It is the deepest of the three lakes with good PH levels and low alkalinity.  The outlet between East and Little Stoner Lake provides a decent route for canoeing and kayaking between the lakes when the water level is high, although you will be required to pull your boat occasionally or bypass a downed tree from time to time if the water is low.  This small stream provides a nice opportunity to take a paddle or to cast a line in a different location and there are rarely other boats or fishermen on Little Stoner Lake.  There are two decent campsites at Little Stoner Lake, and the main outlet of the lake is wide. 

In the left margin are some old survey maps of the three lakes taken on or about July 14th and 15th, 1975 by the DEC during a fish and chemical analysis of the lakes.  Note the depths, outlets, and locations of gill and trap nets and chemical stations during the survey.