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Brown Tract Pond Campground & Day Use Area

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  • Dates of Operation:
    • Opening Date: May 19
    • Closing Date: September 4
  • Camping Fee: $18 per night (out of state residents surcharge additional $5 per night)
  • Address: Uncas Road, Raquette Lake, NY 13436 (directions below)
  • County: Hamilton
  • GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 43 48 38.81690N, 074 41 39.47867W
  • Campground Phone: (315) 354-4412
  • Regional Office Phone: (518) 648-5616
  • Make Your Camping Reservation: ReserveAmerica

Brown Tract Pond Campground & Day Use Area Map (PDF) || DECinfo Locator

Firewood Restriction Map (PDF) shows the 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. Help prevent the spread of invasive pests and diseases by following New York's firewood regulation.

Support DEC Campgrounds

Members of the public can support DEC lands, facilities, and programs through our charitable partner, the National Heritage trust (NHT). Online giving is simple and secure and fully tax-deductible. Donations to NHT directly support projects and programs that enhance facilities, expand access to outdoor recreation and environmental education, provide public land access, and protect natural resources. Donate here (leaves DEC website).

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Tucked away in seclusion a short way off the main tourist route, this "jewel" of a campground remains one of the best kept secrets in the Adirondacks. Brown Tract Pond Campground is located on the east shore of 146 acre Brown Tract Pond. The remote Adirondack setting of this facility offers a relaxing, quiet beauty all its own. The campsites offer privacy; they are large and well forested. Camping equipment from tents to 30' RVs can be accommodated. The campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: Canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.


90 tent and trailer sites, picnic area with tables and fireplaces, flush toilets, trailer dump station, and recycling center.

Campsite Restoration Project

This campground has sites that have been selected for restoration. While undergoing restoration the chosen sites will be closed. For the list of sites and more information on the project visit the Campsite Restoration Project page.

Featured Activities



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No Motor Boats Allowed. Rowboats and canoes permitted. Kayaks and canoe rentals available. The boat launch is a hand-launch area with parking for 10 cars.



Brook trout (rare), smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead, sucker, common shiner, and golden shiner. Fishing licenses are no longer being sold at any of our campground facilities, but can be conveniently purchased on-line or by phone.



Nearby trails to Black Bear Mountain, Bug Lake, Eagle Lake, and Eighth Lake. Marked trails lead to Shallow Lake and West Mountain.


From the NYS Thruway (I-90), Exit 31 at Utica; north on Rte. 12 to Alder Creek; Rte. 28 through the Village of Old Forge to Eagle Bay; turn left onto Uncas Road, 7 miles to Brown Tract Pond.

From Adirondack Northway (I-87), Exit 23 at Warrensburg; Rte. 9 north to Rte. 28 west through villages of Indian Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake to Raquette Lake Village; 2 miles northwest on dirt road.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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Planning and Management

The Brown Tract Pont Unit Management Plan (UMP) (PDF, 6.33MB) 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.

For more information regarding the UMP for this facility please contact the Bureau of Recreation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY12233, Telephone 518 457-2500, and email for campground information

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

DEC campground rules and regulations

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

view of a campsite from the waterArea Attractions

Nearby attractions include - Old Forge region, Adirondack Museum, seaplane rides, horseback riding and golf courses at Inlet, Indian Lake and Old Forge.

Historic Interest

Development of this campground commenced in 1957 and was completed in 1958.

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.