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Buck Pond

Fall foliage at Buck PondAddress: 1339 County Route 60, Onchiota, NY 12989
GPS Info. (Latitude,Longitude): 44d30'03.73"N, 74d06'43.77"W
Campground Phone: (518) 891-3449
Regional Office Phone: (518) 897-1309
Camping Fee: $20

Campground Map PDF File (395 KB)

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Firewood Restriction Map || (PDF file, 840 KB) View map showing 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Buck Pond compares to a mountain retreat as it offers secluded sites, numerous water access, guarded bathing beach, and a "easy to walk" trail which stretches for miles along a old abandoned railroad bed. Buck Pond Campground is located on the western shore of 130 acre Buck Pond. The Lake Kushaqua and the Kushaqua Narrows form most of the western and northern boundaries of the campground. Camping equipment from tents to 30 foot RVs can be accommodated. Campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: Canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.

Directions: From Adirondack Northway (I-87), Northbound: Exit 30, take Route 73 north to Lake Placid. Route 86 through Villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to Gabriels. In Gabriels take Franklin County Road 60, 6 miles to Buck Pond.

From Adirondack Northway (1-87), Southbound: Exit 38, take Route 374 west to Route 3 junction. Route 3 right turn on Franklin County Road 60, 5.5 miles to Buck Pond.

From Tupper Lake - Route 30 north to Paul Smiths. Right on Route 86, about 4 miles, in Gabriels turn left onto County Route 60, about 6 miles.

Boat on the shore at Buck Pond CampgroundAmenities: 116 campsites, hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, boat launch (Lake Kushaqua), car top boat launch (Buck Pond), boat and canoe rentals, and sand beach with bathhouse.

Universal symbol of accessible site Accessible Features: Accessible camping, camping pads, showers, restrooms, bathhouse, picnic area.

Full listing of DECs Accessible Recreation Destinations.

Boating: Rowboat,canoe and kayak rentals available. Motor boat use available on Lake Kushaqua. Buck Pond available only to electric motors and non-motorized boats.

Beach at Buck Pond CampgroundFishing: Major species found in Buck Pond are northern pike, yellow perch, and brown bullhead. Lake Kushaqua offers these species plus black bass and rainbow trout. Brook trout fishing can be found in the North Branch of the Saranac River, below Mud Pond.

Hiking: One popular hike is along the old D&H railroad bed. It is about 1.25 miles to Kushaqua/Mud Pond Road and the outlet of the lake. Return via the same route. St. Regis Mountain in Paul Smiths and Debar Mountain at Meacham Lake both offer excellent views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Day Use Facilities: A picnic area is available adjacent to the swimming beach. * Please take note that at facilities that offer swimming beaches, there are days which lifeguards are unavailable. For the safety of our customers, these beaches will not be open and swimming will be prohibited.

Junior Naturalist Program: Our campgrounds become an outdoor classroom for young children (5-13) and their families. Enjoy games and activities to earn a beautiful embroidered patch.

Area Attractions: The Six Nations Indian Museum is found just outside the campground. The Adirondack Park Visitors Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths is 12 miles west. Lake Placid and the Olympic Venues are located 25 miles to the south.

Historic Interest: Construction of the campground began in July 1965 and the campground opened in 1968. The main campground road is constructed on the original roadbed of the Chateaugay Branch of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.