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Balsam Pond

Balsam Pond is a small, shallow water body located in Chenango County near the Hamlet of McDonough. It is located in the 2,679 acre Balsam Swamp State Forest area.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,600 feet
Area: 153 acres
Length: 0.89 miles
Maximum Depth: 10 feet

Plant Life

Balsam Pond Contour Map
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Little rooted aquatic vegetation in the pond.

Public Access Sites

Off County Route 7, approximately 4 miles north of the Hamlet of McDonough. Hard surface ramp. Parking for 8 cars and trailers. Universally accessible fishing pier.

Fish Species

Chain pickerel, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, and brown bullhead.

General Fishing Information

Balsam pond is a popular summer and winter time fishing location. Chain pickerel and largemouth bass are the main gamefish found in the pond. Yellow perch, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish and brown bullhead can also be caught in the pond. The north-end and eastern shoreline are both lined with stumps that provide good cover for the largemouth bass.

Fisheries Management

Balsam Pond is not stocked and statewide angling regulations apply.