Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Altmar, New York

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Tailwater Lodge

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52 Pulski St.
Altmar, NY 13302

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The Story

Tailwater Lodge and the surrounding area has a variety of activities for our guests to experience throughout their stay. Cast a line in the Salmon River (it is what we are known for for a chance to reel in a trophy of a lifetime. Spend the day exploring the Tug Hill region of New York with your family, hiking or snowshoeing. Enjoy a day playing bocce ball and disc golf followed by a swim in our indoor pool or relaxing in the outdoor hot tub. These are all possible at Tailwater Lodge.


Tailwater Lodge is one of only two Orvis-Endorsed lodges in New York State. Let our Orvis-Endorsed guides help create the trip of a lifetime. From September through November, anglers can try their hand at some of the largest freshwater game fish in the world. Our king salmon range up to 30 pounds, with many fish pushing past 20 pounds. As the kings and cohos begin to spawn, our dime-bright steelhead begin to enter the river. These acrobatic fish bring anglers from all over the world, trying to land one of these trophies. Our steelhead season lasts from October until late spring, when the fish drop back to the lake after spawning. Summer-run steelhead, also called skamania, show up around June and are most abundant after heavy rains. Come to the Tailwater Lodge. Go home with a fishing story you'll tell again and again.


Salmon River, brown trout, smallmouth bass, Atlantic salmon, skamania. Tug Hill Fishing Club, trophy largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.

Salmon River, chinook and coho salmon, lake-run brown trout, steelhead

Winter and Spring:
Salmon River, steelhead and lake-run brown trout.


Salmon River, brown trout, smallmouth bass, Atlantic salmon, skamania. Tug Hill Fishing Club, trophy largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.

Salmon River, chinook and coho salmon, lake-run brown trout, steelhead

Winter and Spring:
Salmon River, steelhead and lake-run brown trout.


The Salmon River, in Upstate New York, is a very accessible river to fish. Our guides recommend studded boots and the use of wading staffs. Prime salmon and steelhead fishing can be found right out the back of the lodge.

Typical Weather:

Expect true four-season weather.
Summer: High 80s and 90s F.
Fall and winter: Lows in the 20s F with heavy snowfall.


Rates start from: $129 (room only), $600 (guided trip with an overnight stay).
You can find all pricing information at: www.tailwaterlodge.com

What is Provided:

Guided anglers are supplied with everything needed for a day on the river. Waders, boots, fly rod, flies. We have you covered. All-inclusive guide, room, and food packages are available. A la carte packages can be arranged as well.

Gear Recommendations:

We recommend fishing a 8-9 wt for chinook and coho salmon; 7-8 wt for steelhead and brown trout. We also recommend a switch rod when available. Studded boots. For late fall and winter fishing, proper layering for changing conditions.

What to Bring:

Sunglasses, head lamp, wading staff. Bring a swimsuit if you are planning to use the hot tub.


Tailwater Lodge is dog-friendly. A pet fee is charged at the time of check-in. Please notify us at the time of the reservation.

We also offer corporate retreats. Tailwater Lodge is a perfect setting to mix business and pleasure, host meetings in the conference space, and conduct activity with team members such as fly fishing, fly tying, or hiking.

Additional Activities:

Disc golf:
Enjoy one of the fastest-growing sports. Like a day on the golf course, come play our 9-hole disc golf course. We have everything you need to play. Just ask the front desk, no experience necessary.

Bocce ball:
Tailwater Lodge has two professional bocce ball courts for our guests to enjoy. Grab a cocktail and head outside to play this classic outdoor game.

The property at Tailwater Lodge is a perfect place to experience the splendors of the Salmon River area of New York. A marked hiking trail is currently being developed. The surrounding area also contains a plethora of hiking options for all skill levels, from a rigorous mountain climb to a leisurely stroll through the woods.

With NY Trail C5A nearby, Tailwater is perfectly located to make your next snowmobile trip easy and fun. Our overnight guests enjoy ride-in, ride-out accommodations, with trailer parking and easy-on, easy-off trail access. From the beautifully groomed C5A trail, you can explore everything the New York State Tug Hill area has to offer. Gorgeous deep woods and stunning river vistas are waiting for you as snow blankets the region. After a day on the trail, relax by the fire in the Tailwater Bar and Restaurant. Later, you can stretch out in one of our well-appointed guest rooms and plan your next adventure. The friendly staff at our front desk will be glad to help you book your next snowmobiling trip. Contact us for more information.

Pool and hot tub:
Relax as the sun sets in our outdoor hot tub or head inside for a few laps in the pool. There is nothing better than soaking in the warm water after a long day on the river and swimming is the perfect way to round out your stay at Tailwater Lodge.

Rooms are designed for comfort and relaxation. From luxurious bedding to spa-like baths, our attention to detail will leave you energized and refreshed—and ready for whatever adventures the day has in store. All Tailwater rooms come with a refrigerator, free high-speed wireless internet, and flat-screen cable TV.

Bringing your furry family member? Book one of our pet-friendly rooms so Fido doesn’t have to miss out on all the fun!

For the finest food on the river, look no further than The Tailwater Bar and Restaurant, where rustic charm meets metropolitan flair. Thoughtfully prepared seafood dishes and satisfying comfort-food favorites fill our menu, perfect for savoring after a day in the outdoors. Try a hearty sandwich or the catch of the day, and finish with a delectable dessert.

Tailwater serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Also, join us in the Tasting Room to sample one or many of our 24 beers on tap as well as regional wine and spirits.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Fishing and a Wedding Was invited to a wedding at Tailwater Lodge and brought my fishing gear along. It wasn't the best time of year in early July but there still were trout to be caught and quickly released.
Date published: 2020-06-24
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