Status: CLOSED for the season
Season 2017 Dates: Fri May 19 to Mon Sep 4, 2017
Season 2018 Dates: Fri May 18 to Mon Sep 3, 2018
9 Month Booking Window: Fri Jun 22, 2018
Campground Phone: (315) 354-4412
|Out of State Surcharge||$5|
|Showers||no shower building|
|Boat Launch||Car top hand launch launch only.|
4 out of 5 lakeside stars. Offers a fine lakeside camping experience with sites close, or directly by the water. 36 campsites are directly by the water. Located on a smaller lake for enjoying water activities including swimming, paddling, and fishing.
|Sites Directly By the Water||36|
|- fit 20ft Trailers||19|
|- fit 30ft Trailers||11|
|20ft Trailer Sites||53|
|30ft Trailer Sites||18|
|Tent Specific Sites||19|
|Pull thru sites||none|
|Hookups||no hookups, dry camping only|
|Site Pads||A mix of level and slightly non level sites with pads above or below road level.|
|Ground Cover||mainly sand|
|Tree Cover||Very wooded with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees. Very shady.|
|Road Access||Older paved but deteriorated roads. Drive slow. Site access can be more challenging.|
|Water||On the shores of Brown Tract Pond. A mostly round pond .65 miles by .5 miles with a single island. Forever wild. Surface area 155 acres.|
|Beach||Small sandy beach, approx 280ft in length|
|Paddling||Fine paddling opportunities on Lower Brown Tract Pond as well as the connected Upper Pond. For a longer paddle there is access into Raquette Lake, the largest fresh water lake in the Adirondacks.|
|Boating||None motorized watercraft only.|
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.
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.
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.
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.