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Putnam Pond

Shoreline at Putnam Pond CampgroundAddress: 763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, NY 12883
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 43d50'28.35"N, 73d34'24.72"W
Campground Phone: (518) 585-7280
Regional Office Phone: (518) 897-1309
Camping Fee: $18

Campground Map PDF File (352 KB)

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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 due to construction, Putnam Pond will close Labor Day for the 2014 camping season. The season at Paradox Lake has been extended to Columbus Day to accommodate those wishing to camp in the area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

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.

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 with pavilion rental, canoe and rowboat rentals.

photo of putnam pond campsite

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

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, 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).

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: 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 Pont 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 interior sites were added to the inventory.