Ballston Lake is located in the Town of Ballston, Saratoga County. Ballston has a proud history dating back to 1771. The first real community in the area grew up around the settlement started by Reverend Eliphalet Ball. It is after him that the Town, which became officially incorporated in 1788, took its name.
The Town’s history includes an infamous traitor, an amusement park and beautiful mansions. Ballston’s unique location offers the best of both worlds-a friendly, small town, rural community within close proximity to the exciting tourist areas of Saratoga Springs and Albany.
Ballston Lake, a narrow, 3.7-mile (6.0 km)-long lake with an unknown maximum depth in the south of the region, was called "Shanantaha" by natives. It was known to early white settlers as Long Lake. The lake was part of the Mohawk River during the glacial age and archeological digs have unearthed artifacts indicating settlement around the lake as early as 3,500 BCE.
For a long time the depth of Ballston Lake was not determined, due to the multiple caves that prevented divers from going to the bottom. There has been an artifact found that is dated 2000 B.C. It is also believed that a lake monster, Big Tim, lives within one of the hundreds of caves. Big Tim has been sighted by multiple people.
Ballston celebrates its farming and rural heritage by preserving open space and carefully managing growth. Today, residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life offered by highly regarded school systems, Veterans Bike Path, and recreational parks. Ballston’s community spirit is epitomized by their annual Flag Day Parade.
Ballston Lake has a free public fishing pier and launch site for small car top boats at the north end of the lake. Fish found within this lake include: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, northern pike, bluegill, carp, redfin pickerel, black crappie, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, and Walleye.
Ballston Lake has excellent fishing for largemouth bass. Fishermen have a greater chance of catching a largemouth if they fish along the weed beds, docks, stumps, or down trees. Ice fishing is also permitted on Ballston Lake. Statewide freshwater fishing regulations apply.