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Putnam Pond Campground

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  • Dates of Operation: See campground schedule putnam pond campground location map
  • Camping Fee: $18 per night (out of state residents surcharge additional $5 per night)
  • Address: 763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 (directions below)
  • GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 43 50 25.32425N, 073 34 00.37248W
  • Campground Phone: (518) 585-7280
  • Regional Office Phone: (518) 897-1309
  • Make Your Camping Reservation: ReserveAmerica

Campground Map PDF File (597 KB)

Firewood Restriction Map || (PDF file, 1 MB) View map showing 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Please be advised that a paving project will be ongoing through the spring of the 2015 camping season at this facility. Users of this facility may be affected by construction noise and increased traffic. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

a fire smouldering under the stars

Putnam Pond is a key start off point for hikers trekking into the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. While it also offers interior site camping, which require a boat for access, most campers prefer to stay in the developed area where they can try their hand fishing by the dam, or rent a canoe or rowboat. The campsites offer privacy; they are large and well forested. Camping equipment from tents to 30' RVs can be accommodated. Campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: Canoeing and boating, fishing, and hiking.

Amenities

Amenities

72 campsites (9 of them remote), mobility impaired accessible site, hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dumping station, recycling center, boat launch site, picnic area, firewood sales, canoe, kayak and rowboat rentals.

Featured Activities

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child playing at the waters edge with toes in water

Putnam Pond is a very scenic and beautiful pond for boating. A launch is located on the pond for easy access for all boats. This launch is very important as it provides the only point of public access to the pond. Rental of rowboats and canoes are available (prior to the month of July, if you require a rental boat to access your site please arrive prior to the booth closing at 4p.m.). Canoes are allowed on the ponds in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area (you must carry your boat at least 1/2 mile to access any of the ponds). Motor boats are allowed on Putnam Pond.

fishing Fishing

Fish in area include: smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike.

hiking Hiking

There are several hiking trails in the immediate area for the avid hiker. The long Swing Trail is 12 miles long, and you may choose the location where you wish to begin. This trail leaves Putnam Pond, headed west, passing Grizzle Ocean, Pharaoh Lake (Pharaoh Lake Wilderness), Glidden Marsh, Crane Pond and Alder Pond. It ultimately ends 0.2 miles west of Paradox Lake Public Campground. Recreational Users Are Strongly Advised to Obtain Detailed Topographic Maps Before Venturing into the Back Country (Not provided at facility).

Directions

From I-87, take Exit 28, then east on Rte. 74 approximately 12 miles.

From Ticonderoga, go west on Rte. 74 approximately 6 miles. Follow signs on roadside of Rte. 74 that will direct you to the campground. This is a dead end road and the campground is located at the end.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

a canoe on the lake at sunset

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

DEC campground rules and regulations

Campground frequently asked questions

Clean your boat and equipment - help prevent the spread of aquatic invasives

Don't move firewood - help prevent of spread of invasive insects

Hiking safety tips

Additional Information

Area Attractions

Boat tours and ferries on Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga in Ticonderoga is 7 miles. Crown Point Historic Site, Essex County Fish Hatchery are located in Crown Point about 10 miles away. The foremost attraction is the inviting Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area. A wide array of adventures await those willing to journey into its forest.

Historic Interest

Locally known as "Putts Pond", this campground was named after the famous General Putnam. The original construction of this campground started in 1959-61. In 1990, 9 remote sites were added to the inventory.

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.