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White Pond Multiple Use Area

The dam at the southern end of White Pond is undergoing repairs. There is no public access to the southern and eastern shores of the pond. This includes the accessible trail and fishing pier. Repairs are expected to be completed in November 2016.

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The 263-acre White Pond Multiple Use Area (MUA) includes the 129-acre White Pond. This property was previously a New York City reservoir and was transferred to State ownership. An old stone sluiceway runs from the dam toward the middle of the pond. Bass and sunfish often gather along the stones. The pond itself can become weedy in summer and large stones are submerged in piles along the roadside edge.

Featured Activities



General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

The hiking trail (approximately 1.5-miles) starts at the parking lot and loops around White Pond, reconnecting with White Pond Road on the opposite end of the pond.

Primitive Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are no designated campsites; however, at-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.



General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There is a hand boat launch off the parking lot for launching canoes or kayaks.



General information on boating includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations and lists of DEC boat launches by county

Non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are allowed on the pond. A hand boat launch is available off the parking lot.


accessable fishing pier

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

The fish present in White Pond include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, walleye, yellow perch and bluegill. There is an accessible pier for fishing on the pond.

Hunting & Trapping


General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. Various game species and furbearers found on the unit include white tail deer, pheasant, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit and squirrel.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Accessible Features

Accessable features

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

From the parking area there is an entrance to a short accessible path (.06-mile) along the water with a resting area. At the end of the path is an accessible fishing pier.

A view of White Pond


• Parking area on White Pond Road with access to a hand boat launch and accessible fishing pier (41.499207°N, 73.729247°W) Google Maps (Leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of White Pond MUA must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Specific Rules

Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

How We Manage White Pond MUA

DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Gas, food and other supplies, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Fishkill, Mahopac, Hopewell Junction and Carmel.

Putnam County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.