Eldred Preserve
Eldred NY

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The Eldred Preserve, a short drive from New York City, New Jersey & PA is a year round outdoor resort facility on 3,000 acres, catering to fishing, shooting enthusiasts, providing fine food, drink & lodging accommodations. It's Sullivan County's Premier Fishing Resort. Open 7 days a week.


Trout Fishing
Long a favorite pastime for day or overnight guests, three stream-fed ponds are located on the grounds. Ponds are open year round and stocked with several species of trout: rainbow, brown, brook and golden. Although most trout range from 3/4 pound to 1.5 pounds, a number are often caught weighing over 4 pounds. The ponds are in an ideal setting, thus providing excellent fishing conditions for both beginner and expert anglers with fly or spinning tackle.

Admission is free to overnight guests of the Preserve. All trout caught must be kept and paid for at $6.25 per pound. A separate catch and release fly fishing pond is available for anglers using barbless flies only, admission is $12.50 each. Our Pro Shop provides rod and reel rentals along with a variety of tackle to meet your needs. Nightcrawlers, mealie worms, and power bait can also be purchased there.

Bass Boat Rentals - about $80.00

Whether you're throwing a spinner bait for largemouth on Steges or fishing surface lures for Hybrid Stripers on Sunrise, the action is sure to be hot! Eldred Preserve was written up in Sports Afield (January, 1992) as one of the 25 super places to fish in the United States. The 16' bass boats are equipped with aerated live wells, swivel seats, raised casting decks and electric trolling motors. Boat rentals are about $80.00 for two persons, for a pre set 8 hour day. Third person in boat is an additional $30.00. Operating schedule varies with season. Reservations are required.

The Eldred Preserve has been fortunate to offer two entirely different lakes for your bass fishing experience. Sunrise lake is a deep, 65 acre clear water lake that has virtually no surface structure but is loaded with large and small mouth bass, some hybrid stripers, plenty of crappie, perch, pickerel, and panfish. Bass are strictly catch and release using artificial lures only. Steges lake is a more typical bass looking fishery. Loaded with fallen trees, submerged in shallow, murky water, Steges lake is sure to offer a challenge to even the most seasoned bass fishermen. Bass are strictly catch and release using artificial lures only.

Catch And Release Trophy Catfish

The Catch and Release pond is home to some big channel catfish. These tremendous fighting game fish start at 2 pounds and reach weights upwards of 10 pounds.The pond is stocked with no less than 1000 pounds of these great fish. Anglers have often told of fights lasting 20 minutes or more. Admission to this trophy pond is about $12.50 per person per day. Preferred baits have been anything from chicken liver to prepared stink baits. If you want to catch trophy size fish, make sure you stop by. It's a fight you won't want to miss!

The restaurant serves a varied menu that features full dinner specials as well as a la carte service.You will find trout prepared 12 different ways along with numerous other household specialties. Many a fish story has been told in the fisherman's lounge. Catering to all kinds of groups, large or small. For breakfast and lunch, the Deck / Fireside Lounge features daily specials and a regular menu.

Featured Amenities


Clean comfortable rustic log cabin style motel units with 2 double beds and a cot sleep up to 5 persons. Private baths and within steps of the ponds, restaurant and lounge.


Restaurant dining with a view of the ponds and woods on the opposite side. Quiet, relaxing and fine food. Specializing in Trout (12 different ways).

Location (Map)

Directions to Eldred Preserve

From New Jersey:

Take Route 23 or 206 North to Port Jervis. Take Route 97 North out of Port Jervis to Barryville. At blinking light turn right onto Route 55. Follow Route 55 for 6 miles (through the town of Eldred). We're on the right hand side.

From New York City:

Take New York State Thruway (Route 87 North) over Tappan Zee Bridge. Get off at Exit 16 (Harriman). Take Route 17 West to Exit 104 (Monticello Raceway). Follow Route 17B straight through light at White Lake and turn left onto Route 55. We're about 8 miles further on the left hand side.





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