General Profile

Santa Clara is a town in Franklin County, New York, in the Malone metro area. The population was 395 at the 2000 census. Population in July 2007: 396. Population density: 2.2 people per square mile.

The Town of Santa Clara is in the southwest part of the county and is southwest of the Village of Malone The town is within the Adirondack Park. It includes the 58 ponds of the Saint Regis Canoe Area, presently the only Canoe Wilderness Area in the park, as well as most of 4,700-acre (19 km2) Upper Saranac Lake.

Formed from part of the Town of Brandon in 1888. The Town of Santa Clara, the name, was derived from the wife of an early town businessman, John Hurd. An addition from Brandon was added to Santa Clara in 1896.

William Rockefeller began buying property in the town around 1896 in order of establish an estate, used by members of his family during the summer.

The latitude of Santa Clara is 44.463N. The longitude is -74.391W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,588 feet. Land Area is 175.02 Square miles.

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Communities and locations in Santa Clara

Bay Pond -- A hamlet in the south-central part of the town. It was a former Rockefeller summer home.

Brandon -- A former community, located north of Bay Pond. It became part of the Rockefeller estate and its buildings were removed.

Derrick -- A hamlet west of Saranac Inn.

Everton -- A former community abandoned after the forests had been stripped.

Floodwood -- A hamlet west of Saranac Inn near the west town line.

Kildare -- A hamlet west of Saranac Inn near the west town line.

Madawaska -- A hamlet near the east town line.

Madawaska Pond -- A lake near the center of the town.

Middle Saranac Lake -- Part of the lake is in the southeast corner of the town.

Meno -- A location northeast of Madawaska.

The Saint Regis Canoe Area -- A 19,000-acre (77 km2) wilderness area with 58 ponds (no motorized vehicles are allowed).

Santa Clara -- the hamlet of Santa Clara is near the west town line in the northern part of the town on NY-458.

Saranac Inn (also "Upper Saranac") -- A hamlet in the south part of the town.

Saranac Inn Station -- A location east of Saranac Inn.

Spring Cove -- A hamlet near the west town line, south of Santa Clara village.

Upper Saranac Lake -- Most of the lake is in the south part of the town.

Weller Pond -- A large pond in the southern part of the town.

Land Area

Total: 191.7 sq mi, Land: 175.0 sq mi, Water: 16.7 sq mi

Estimated Sex & Age

Males: 207 (52.4%), Females: 188 (47.6%)

Median resident age: 43.1 years, New York median age: 35.9 years

Estimated median household income in 2005: $48,500 (it was $42,083 in 2000)

Santa Clara: $48,500, New York: $49,480

Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $157,200 (it was $124,400 in 2000)

Santa Clara: $157,200, New York: $258,900

Top Fishing Waters

Santa Clara is rated amoung the top fishing waters in Franklin County for Trout and Pike.

Top Fishing waters in New York State for Brown Trout

Deer Pond, Polliwog Pond and Rat Pond

Top Fishing waters in New York State for Rainbow Trout

Little Long Pond, Horseshoe Pond and Whey Pond

Top Fishing waters in New York State for Lake Trout

Hoel Pond and Upper Saranac Lake

Top Fishing Waters for Splake

Green Pond and Little Long Pond

Top Fishing Waters for Landlocked Salmon

Follensby Clear Pond and Hoel Pond

Top Fishing Waters for Pike

Santa Clara Flow

Please note when trout fishing the above ponds, use or possesion of bait fish is prohibited.

Please note In Franklin County - NO catch and release bass fishing (smallmouth and largemouth) is allowed during the closed season for bass. Please note that Special Regulations apply to some of the brook trout waters. These waters have links to the Franklin County Special Regulations page.

For more information on fishing, fishing license, campsites, etc., please click on the following link: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.