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Padget and Sargent Ponds

Padget and Sargent Ponds are small water bodies located in Cortland County near the Village of Tully. Both ponds are situated in Heiberg Memorial Forest which is owned by the State University of New York's Environmental Science and Forestry School (ESF). Heiberg Forest is used by ESF as an outdoor classroom and experimental station.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1800 feet
Area: 6 and 3 acres
Shoreline Length: 0.4 and 0.3 miles
Maximum Depth: 10 to 15 feet
Towns: Preble, Truxton


Parking area on Maple Ridge Road. Must walk a trail from parking area approximately one half to three-quarters of a mile to ponds.

Fish Species:

Rainbow trout (Padget) and brook trout (Sargent).


Using a bobber is recommended when using bait. A bobber will help keep your bait off bottom and give you some added weight when casting. If there is enough of a breeze to move your bobber around, it will aid you in covering more of the pond from shore.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management:

Both ponds are stocked annually in the Fall. Padget Pond receives approximately 2,000 fall fingerling rainbow trout (5-6") and Sargent Pond gets 700 fall fingerling brook trout (5-6").

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