Buck Pond Campground
Saranac Lake, NY

About Buck Pond Campground

Lake Side Rating
  • Park Beach

  • Park Beach

  • Boat Launch on Buck Pond (Car Top Only)

  • Park Beach

  • Many Private Sites

  • Park Entrance Sign

  • Many Private Sites

  • Well Treed Roads Through Campground

  • Boat Launch on Lake Kushaqua

  • Fall View from Site 91

Buck Pond compares to a mountain retreat; it offers secluded sites, numerous water access, a guarded bathing beach, and a walking path that stretches for miles along an abandoned railroad bed. The campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.

Buck Pond has 114 campsites, 112 are reservable, 21 of which are directly on the water. There are NO electric sites.

Buck Pond is about 30 minutes north of the town of Saranac Lake in the northern Adirondacks.

Buck Pond Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. located just east of the town of Gabriel, north of Saranac Lake
  2. 114 campsites, 21 are on or close to waterfront on either Lake Kushaqua or Buck Pond
  3. all sites are non-electric
  4. one of the more quiet DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks with many secluded sites, numerous water access, and a large beach area
  5. great for paddlers and fishermen, an abandoned railroad bed offers convenient hiking
Campground Feature Summary
    Small lake. Small sandy beach. Can be more challenging for RVs due to trees and narrow roads. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Deep sites set back from the road. Many sloped sites. Very shaded sites. Very wooded. Rustic feel. Private sites. Semi-private sites. Excellent paddling options.

Camping Fees

Nightly camping fee $20 (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

Meacham Lake: 21.8 miles, 31 min
Fish Creek: 23.5 miles, 33 min
Taylor Pond: 18.3 miles, 33 min
Rollins Pond: 25.8 miles, 41 min
Wilmington Notch: 25.4 miles, 47 min

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

Fish Creek (Adirondack Park), 33 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 41 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 5 hours 11 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Private sites.
Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 48 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Excellent paddling options.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 54 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Excellent paddling options.
Wellesley Island (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 39 mins : Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 31 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 31 mins : Small lake. Rustic feel. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 59 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 20 mins : Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 45 mins : Excellent paddling options.
Caroga Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 52 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Rustic feel. Excellent paddling options.
Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 10 mins : Small lake. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Excellent paddling options.
Verona Beach (Central New York), 3 hours 35 mins : Small sandy beach.
Nicks Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 18 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 6 mins : Small lake. Excellent paddling options.
Lake Eaton (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 9 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 35 mins : Small lake. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Excellent paddling options.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 25 mins : Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Coles Creek (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 36 mins : Small sandy beach.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 24 mins : Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers.
Taylor Pond (Adirondack Park), 33 mins : Small lake. Rustic feel. Private sites.
Wilmington Notch (Adirondack Park), 47 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel.
Brown Tract Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 48 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Excellent paddling options.
Golden Beach (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 38 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Selkirk Shores (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 16 mins : Small sandy beach.
Robert Moses (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 30 mins : Excellent paddling options.
Point Comfort (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 26 mins : Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Excellent paddling options.
Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), 4 hours 56 mins : Small sandy beach.
Sampson (Finger Lakes), 4 hours 37 mins : Small sandy beach.
Little Sand Point (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 27 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Excellent paddling options.
Rogers Rock (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 58 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Excellent paddling options.
Gilbert Lake (Central New York), 4 hours 9 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Moreau Lake (Central New York), 2 hours 13 mins : Small lake.
North South Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 50 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Chenango Valley (Central New York), 4 hours 44 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Taughannock Falls (Finger Lakes), 4 hours 53 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers.
Bowman Lake (Central New York), 4 hours 27 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Rustic feel.
Mongaup Pond (Catskills / Taconic), 5 hours 4 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Grass Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 33 mins : Small sandy beach.
Lincoln Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 20 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Thompsons Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 16 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites.
Schodack Island (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 8 mins : Small lake.
Putnam Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 52 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Rustic feel. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.

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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

Tent Specific - These sites are suitable for tents only

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

Buck Pond Lake Site ( photos)
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Dave's Tips

Satellite View of Buck Pond Campground
Check out the satellite view to see how sites are situated on both Buck Pond and Lake Kushaqua.For those who love paddling, be sure to try for sites 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, or 111 on Buck Pond. These sites all have site pads set back from the water, with no water view, however they offer easy access to the water along a short path. There are no motor boats allowed on Buck Pond.On Lake Kushaqua, paddlers will enjoy site 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 96 or 98. Lake Kushaqua will be more interesting to paddle than Buck Pond which is basically a smaller round pond. Kushaqua is about 2 miles long and does allow motor boats.Lake Kushaqua can be accessed from Buck Pond by a short portage. From Lake Kushaqua you can access Rainbow Lake for paddling and boating.
Site 89 is the best site for a lakeside camping experience.
The best sites right by the water, with a great view would include sites 89, 91, and 94. They provide easy access to the water for paddling and a fine view across a narrow section of Lake Kushaqua.
Site 12 very private and right on the water!
On Buck Pond, site 12 would be one of the few that is right by the water, with a view. It also is very private.The good portion of the campsites at Buck Pond offer excellent privacy, as the tree density is quite thick. So if you are looking to get away from everyone, Buck Pond should be high on your wish list. Loop A (sites 1-33) offers the largest and most private sites. Loop B (sites 34-73) offer a mix of semi-private and private sites. Loop C (sites 74-107) is also a mix of semi-private and private sites.17 sites are specifically for tents, 75 sites are for 20 foot trailers and 22 sites will accommodate a 30 foot trailer.If you are interested in hiking, consider a trip up to Debar Mountain, 35 minutes north of the campground.
Buck Pond photos were taken in the fall on Sep 28, 2012. As such consider the tree foliage is still pretty full. If you are camping at Brown Tract Pond in the summer, you can assume that shade and site privacy on sites will be similar to the time these photos were taken.
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