Status: CLOSED but opens in 178 days
Season 2018 Dates: Fri May 18 to Mon Sep 3, 2018
Season 2019 Dates: to
Campground Phone: (518) 891-3449
|Out of State Surcharge||$5|
|Showers||hot shower building|
|Boat Launch||Car top boat launch on Buck Pond. A regular boat launch is available across the road on Lake Kushaqua.|
3 out of 5 lakeside stars. Offers a fine lakeside camping experience with sites close, or directly by the water. 21 campsites are directly by the water although only about half have a view or easy water access from the site pads. Campground is adjacent to a smaller pond and a medium sized lake for enjoying water activities including swimming, paddling, boating and fishing.
|Sites Directly By the Water||21|
|- fit 20ft Trailers||15|
|- fit 30ft Trailers||6|
|20ft Trailer Sites||79|
|30ft Trailer Sites||22|
|Tent Specific Sites||13|
|Pull thru sites||no|
|Hookups||no hookups, dry camping only|
|Site Pads||mostly level, a few have grade going up onto pad|
|Ground Cover||mainly sand and small gravel|
|Tree Cover||Very wooded with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees. Very shady.|
|Road Access||Older pavement but in decent condition. Some roads are narrow. Fair easy back-in access to sites.|
|Water||Watersites are located on both Buck Pond and Lake Kushaqua. Buck Pond is a smaller fairly round pond where motor boats are prohibited. It is .6 miles long by .4 miles wide with a surface area of only 128 acres. Lake Kushaqua is a 2 miles long by .65 miles at its widest. It has mainly narrow areas as well as a few islands and a complex interesting shoreline and a surface area of 377 acres. It is forever wild except at the north end which has mainly camps lining the shoreline.|
|Beach||A smaller sandy beach with a 90ft shoreline however the beach itself extends back a full 125ft from the water making it perfect for sunbathers.|
|Paddling||Excellent paddling on Lake Kushaqua and onwards into Rainbow Lake. Choose Buck Pond for a smaller paddle.|
|Boating||A full range of water activities would be suitable on Lake Kushaqua, although the north end being much more open would be more suited to watersports. Lake Kushaqua also connects to Rainbow Lake via a boat friendly culvert. Rainbow Lake is 4 miles long and quite narrow (max 1/3 mile in width). Clear Pond is also accessible from Rainbow Lake.|
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.
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.