The Indian River Lakes system, located on the St. Lawrence River plain in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, consists of 18 natural lakes. These lakes range from shallow, highly productive warm water lakes to deep, cold water lakes. The region takes it’s name from the Indian River, a picturesque mostly slow-moving river that begins as a small stream at Indian River Village and flows almost 100 miles to Black Lake. Seventy-five miles of the river is readily canoeable and fishing is good through its length, making it an extremely appealing area to the serious, as well as the casual outdoor enthusiast.
The Indian River region is underlain by the Frontenac Axis, a band of Precambrian metamorphic marble, gneiss, and granite, extending from Canada to the Adirondacks. Above are found remnant outliers of sandstone and sandy dolomite which survived glacial erosion. The varied geology greatly contributes to the diversity of species found throughout the woodlands, wetlands and numerous lakes of the area.