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Hi. Hoping maybe some people here can help me.


Me and the wife are looking into maybe getting a small cottage in the Henderson/Chaumont/three mile Bay Area. 

I fish the finger lakes and Ontario and Oneida a decent amount , both out of my small boat (14 ft deep v side console) and I ice fish a lot. Also hunt a lot .  Probably spend a bit more time on Oneida than the other lakes lately. Oneida costs for a cottage are a bit higher and might be more than we are willing to spend so started looking into other areas . Trying to keep under 2.5 hrs. sort of I’d my heart set on Oneida but like what I am reading and seeing on this area, just never been on my radar much. Have ice fished Chaumont once for eyes. Pretty good haul on a snow mobile to get to the eyes it seemed that day.

goals would be more outdoor activity time with the kids, get them more immersed in the outdoors- ideally open and some hard water fishing and some boating and just enjoy a new area of the state, hiking and maybe some hunting for turkey , small game , or deer.


i only know a little bit about the fishing in the area. Hoping for some feedback on Fishing quality, how kid friendly is the fishing? Good pan fish during the summer and winter? Can you get to good ice fishing walking on any of those bays. The kids have ice fished several lakes with me and really enjoy it and I can walk pretty far with a smitty  sled but would want to understand what I’d be getting into


Is the water rough most of the time on that end of the lake?


has that area received a lot of flooding the last few years?


Anything else about that area that I might not think about compared to fishing or owning water front on a smaller lake?


thanks in advance for any help and advice




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If ur into ice fishing you can’t go wrong with a cottage on Oneida or chaumont...4 seasons of usage if you have access to running water.  You can also do the airbnb thing in the winter and get some of ur tax money back.  You’ll def want a snowmobile if ur trying to get to walleye from 3 mile bay.


i haven’t spent much time up there in the summer but they have had some high water events the last couple years, and generally although the bay is protected, the lake out there is pretty rough with wind/waves.


personally if I could swing Oneida I’d do that...then ur only a little over an hour drive from chaumont.  Weather a lot more kid friendly on Oneida during winter than chaumont.  I’ve been thinking about the same thing for my family, but with the cost/taxes of lake property renting someone else’s house 2-3 times a year just makes more sense.

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The Chaumont area has lots to offer for outdoor activity. Not to far from salmon and trout in Lake Ontario. Good walleye, bass and perch fishing on Chaumont Bay. Close to St Lawrence river and Indian River Lakes and Perch Lake which are all good for ice and open water fishing.
Lots of State parks and nature trails also available.
The area also offers excellent waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting. I’ve lived in the Alex Bay area for over 40 years and find it to be an outdoor paradise, particularly if you don’t mind the winters and icefish.

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