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Buck Pond Campground

Saranac Lake, NY   (Adirondack Park)
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Campground Overview
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.

Status: OPEN 64 days ago

Season Dates: May 19 to Sep 3, 2017

Campground Phone: (518) 891-3449

Region: Adirondack Park  

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Fees
Base Fee$20
Out of State Surcharge$5
Facilities
Showershot shower building
Washroomsflush toilets
Dump Stationyes
Recyling Stationyes
Boat LaunchCar top boat launch on Buck Pond. A regular boat launch is available across the road on Lake Kushaqua.
Boat Mooringnone
Campground Summary
Lakeside Rating
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.
Total Campsites114
Reservable Sites114
Sites Directly By the Water21
  - fit 20ft Trailers15
  - fit 30ft Trailers6
Site Details
20ft Trailer Sites79
30ft Trailer Sites22
Tent Specific Sites13
Pull thru sites no
Hookups no hookups, dry camping only
Site Padsmostly level, a few have grade going up onto pad
Ground Covermainly sand and small gravel
Tree CoverVery wooded with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees. Very shady.
Road AccessOlder pavement but in decent condition. Some roads are narrow. Fair easy back-in access to sites.
Featured Activities
WaterWatersites 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.
BeachA smaller sandy beach with a 90ft shoreline however the beach itself extends back a full 125ft from the water making it perfect for sunbathers.
PaddlingExcellent paddling on Lake Kushaqua and onwards into Rainbow Lake. Choose Buck Pond for a smaller paddle.
BoatingA 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.
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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.

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