Buck Pond Campground
- Dates of Operation: See campground schedule
- Camping Fee: $20 per night (out of state residents surcharge additional $5 per night)
- Address: 1339 County Route 60, Onchiota, NY 12989 (directions below)
- GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 44 30 18.02008N, 074 07 06.69108W
- Campground Phone: (518) 891-3449
- Regional Office Phone: (518) 897-1309
- Make Your Camping Reservation: ReserveAmerica
Campground Map PDF File (1.20 MB)
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.
116 campsites, hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, picnic area, boat launch (Lake Kushaqua), car top boat launch (Buck Pond), boat and canoe rentals, and sand beach with bathhouse.
Accessible camping, camping pads, showers, restrooms, bathhouse, picnic area. Full listing of DECs Accessible Recreation Destinations.
Rowboat, canoe and kayak rentals available. Motor boat use available on Lake Kushaqua. Buck Pond available only to electric motors and non-motorized boats.
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.
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.
Designated swimming areas are available at some DEC facilities. Based on staffing, some of these facilities may have limited swimming hours/days. For the safety of our customers, swimming will only be permitted when a lifeguard is on duty. Beach hours will be posted at facilities with swimming. To inquire, please contact the campground directly.
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.
Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Planning and Management
The Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the campground guides the DEC's land management activities at this facility for a five-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. The UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use at this facility.
A draft UMP (PDF, 4.21 MB) is now available for public comment through May 15, 2017. Comments can be submitted by mail to: NYSDEC Bureau of Recreation 3rd Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253, or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYSDEC will host a public availability session to receive input on the draft plan and answer questions about campground management on April 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NYS DEC Region 5 Headquarters, Route 86 Ray Brook, NY 12977.
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Clean your boat and equipment - help prevent the spread of aquatic invasives
Don't move firewood - help prevent of spread of invasive insects
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.
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.
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.