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Siamese Ponds Wilderness

The Siamese Ponds Wilderness (SPW) is one of the larger Wilderness designated areas in the Adirondack Park. It extends some 24 miles north and south and 18 miles east and west and contains approximately 46,138.43 hectares (114,010.1 acres) of Forest Preserve lands. Associated with the SPW are the Dug Mountain, Forks Mountain and Chatiemac Primitive Areas. During the early part of the nineteenth century, logging became an important industry in the region, and most of the Wilderness was heavily cut over. Devastating fires at the turn of the century continued to significantly impact this natural resource.

Today, however, the area shows little evidence of these past impacts and has become known for its natural beauty. Popular points of interest include the Siamese Ponds that gave the area its name, Puffer Pond, Puffer Mountain, Chimney Mountain, Auger Falls, and Thirteenth Lake.

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Accessible Features

Thirteenth Lake features accessible campsites, picnic tables, port-a-johns and a route to the beach for a canoe launch.


Three people on a path looking at 13th Lake

From North Creek: Head north on Route 28 (5.1 miles to North River). Turn left on Thirteenth Lake Road (County Route 78), go approximately 3.3 miles. Veer to the right on the dirt road and go approximately .5 miles to the parking lot at the end of the road. Arrive at the north end of Thirteenth Lake at the trailhead and accessible campsites, picnic area and beach.

Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations