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.

Brown Tract Pond Quick Peek 

Overview
  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
Campground Feature Summary
    Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Can be more challenging for RVs due to trees and narrow roads. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Very shaded sites. Very wooded. Away from the crowds. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Wild feel. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.

    * Note! Swimming from your site is not officially allowed although many campers do.

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

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Eighth Lake: 7.4 miles, 13 min
Golden Beach: 6.6 miles, 13 min
Limekiln Lake: 14.5 miles, 24 min
Lake Durant: 18.8 miles, 27 min
Nicks Lake: 18.9 miles, 35 min
Lake Eaton: 28.9 miles, 41 min
Lewey Lake: 38.9 miles, 51 min
Lake Harris: 43.5 miles, 59 min

Campgrounds Similar to Brown Tract Pond and What They Have in Common
(A current work in progress, streamlining ahead)

Fish Creek (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 17 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 25 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Wild feel. Excellent paddling options.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 45 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Some tent specific sites.
Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 13 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Wild feel. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 51 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Buck Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 48 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Excellent paddling options.
Fair Haven Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 54 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Wellesley Island (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 31 mins : Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 27 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Wild feel. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 50 mins : Small lake. Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 24 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 35 mins : Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 42 mins : Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Caroga Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 49 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 7 mins : Small lake. Swim from your site*. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Few large RVs. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Verona Beach (Central New York), 1 hour 51 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Nicks Lake (Adirondack Park), 35 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 22 mins : Small lake. Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Eaton (Adirondack Park), 41 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Wild feel. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 59 mins : Small lake. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Wild feel. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 49 mins : Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Coles Creek (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 31 mins : Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Motorboats allowed.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 35 mins : Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Motorboats allowed.
Southwick Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 19 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Jacques Cartier (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 44 mins : Many sites directly by the water. Motorboats allowed.
Taylor Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 8 mins : Small lake. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Wild feel. Motorboats allowed.
Wilmington Notch (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 54 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Westcott Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 9 mins : Many sites directly by the water. Motorboats allowed.
Hamlin Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 52 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Golden Beach (Adirondack Park), 13 mins : Swim from your site*. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Wild feel. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Selkirk Shores (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 22 mins : Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Robert Moses (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 44 mins : Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Ausable Point (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 13 mins : Many sites directly by the water. Motorboats allowed.
Cedar Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 31 mins : Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Point Comfort (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 23 mins : Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 30 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Sampson (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 11 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Cayuga Lake (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 55 mins : Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Little Sand Point (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 23 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Rogers Rock (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 49 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Gilbert Lake (Central New York), 2 hours 25 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds.
Moreau Lake (Central New York), 1 hour 41 mins : Small lake. Some tent specific sites.
Glimmerglass (Central New York), 2 hours 14 mins : Motorboats allowed.
North South Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 18 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Chenango Valley (Central New York), 3 hours 6 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Taughannock Falls (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 26 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Fillmore Glen (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 59 mins : Away from the crowds.
Mongaup Pond (Catskills / Taconic), 4 hours 4 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options.
Golden Hill (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 27 mins : Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Motorboats allowed.
Grass Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 25 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Lincoln Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 48 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Long Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 44 mins : Many sites directly by the water. Away from the crowds. Motorboats allowed.
Keewaydin (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 27 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Thompsons Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 2 hours 45 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Crown Point (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 1 min : Motorboats allowed.
Schodack Island (Catskills / Taconic), 2 hours 37 mins : Small lake. Motorboats allowed.
Putnam Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 47 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Away from the crowds. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Wild feel. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.

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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

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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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