Brown Tract Pond Campground
Raquette Lake, NY

About Brown Tract Pond Campground

Lake Side Rating
  • Park Sign

  • Secluded/Private Sites

  • Great Views Across the Pond

  • Secluded/Private Sites

  • Many True Waterside Campsites

  • Rustic Amenties (Sorry no Showers!)

  • Many Secluded/Quiet Walk-in Sites

  • Over 60 Sites will Accommodate Smaller Trailers

  • Main Beach

  • Main Beach

  • Great Views Across the Pond

Tucked away in seclusion a short way off the main tourist route, this jewel of a campground remains one of the best kept secrets in the Adirondacks. The remote Adirondack setting of this facility offers a relaxing, quiet beauty all its own. The campsites offer privacy; they are large and well-forested.

Nearby attractions include the Old Forge region, the Adirondack Museum, and the golf courses at Inlet and Indian Lake.

Brown Tract Pond has 90 campsites, 84 are reservable, 37 of which are directly on the water. There are no electric sites and no shower facilities.

  1. located just south of the town of Raquette Lake, and 20 minutes north of Inlet
  2. 90 campsites, 21 are on or close to waterfront
  3. all sites are non-electric, there are no shower facilities
  4. one of the more quiet DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks with many secluded sites, numerous with water access, and a small beach area
  5. great for paddling, fishing, swimming and hiking

Camping Fees

Nightly camping fee $18 (all sites)
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri May 20, 2016 thru Sun Sep 4, 2016
Fri May 19, 2017 thru Sun Sep 3, 2017

Map Location

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Legend   regular   water site   non reserve   no photos   E-Electric   EW-Electric/Water   F-Full Hookup
Max 30ft - These sites will accommodate tents, popups and trailers up to 30ft

Max 20ft - These sites will accommodate tents, popups and trailers up to 20ft

Tent Specific - These sites are suitable for tents only

Brown Tract Pond Lake Site ( photos)
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Dave's Tips

Brown Tract pond is a great choice if you want to get away from the crowds, or large trailers and RV's. The campground offers more tent specific campsites then most other DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks. Although it has flush toilets, there is no hot water, and it does not have a shower building.Looking at the satellite image you can see that Lower Buck Pond on which the campground is situated isn't overly large and is surrounded by dense forest. Most sites are quite shady. You can check out the satellite view in more detail.The road into Brown Tract is a long gravel road. 2.2 miles if you are coming in from the north via Raquette Lake, or 11.7 miles if you are coming South from Eagle Bay. You're best bet coming from the South is to go in from Raquete Lake rather than have to drive slow on an 11.7 mile gravel road.
Site 23 is one of the better walk-in tent sites
23 sites are specifically for tents only (includes 6 walkup/non-reservable only sites). 48 sites will accommodate a 20ft trailer. 18 sites will accommodate a 30ft trailer.
Small quiet beach
The beach is nice, however quite small compared to other DEC campgrounds.A good portion of sites are not so level, and many have a grade down to the pad or even walk-up to the pad. Some are near water level, many are up from the water with a pathway down to the water.
Site 37 is one of the best large, level, lakeside sites
The best sites right by the water that will accommodate a trailer are site 29, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, and 40. These sites are quite large and offer decent privacy. Down at the other end of the beach, sites 42, 43, 45, 46 and 47 are also waterside site, although they are shallow in depth, smaller and not very private. All of these are fairly level and are at water level, right by shoreline.If you are more into walk-in sites for your tent, with good to excellent privacy, then consider site 23, 69, 70, 73 or 87.
Site 73 Privacy and a sweet view!
73 is probably the most private site on the water, with a longer walk-in, although it is up off the water somewhat. Sweet view from the fireplace though! At the other end of the campground, site 87 is quite private as well, although it is serviced by a pit toilet only.Sites 80-82 are up on a hill way off the water. Most of these are more suited for tents. Many are walk-up and walk-down. This would be my least favorite choice as you are away from the water and have the hills to deal with.Sites 83-90 are quite far from any flush toilets, and are only serviced by pit toilets.If you stay at Brown Tract Pond, I highly recommend you take in the dinner cruise on Raquette Lake. Also nearby you can tour the Great Camp Sagamore which was build by Durant and owned by the Vanderbilt's. If you do both Camp Sagamore and the Raquette Lake dinner cruise, you will get a $7 off discount. If you love beaches, then head over to enjoy the great beach at Golden Beach Campground, just 13 minutes north of the campground on Raquette Lake. You can enjoy the facilities there with your Brown Tract Pond camping permit.
Brown Tract Pond photos were taken in the spring on May 22, 2014. As such consider that the leaves on the trees are not fully out. If you are camping at Brown Tract Pond in the summer, you can assume that there will be more shade and site privacy on sites that have deciduous trees.
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