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.

  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

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

Map Location

Use the +/- zoom controls and the 'Satellite' button to get a closer view of the campground (and potentially identify specific sites)

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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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