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This pond is one the most picturesque ponds in the area and should be enjoyed at length.

Getting there

From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 74 near Schroon Lake follow Route 74 toward Ticonderoga. Continue to Putts Pond Road on the right (entrance road for Putnam Pond State Campground). Drive this to the end to access the campground and the pond. A day use fee will be required. The portage trail is from North Pond from the northern bay.

By the numbers

  • 2.0 miles
  • 0.5 miles from North Pond to Rock Pond    


This is a sand launch and there's a half mile carry from North Pond to Rock Pond with decent footing. The carry is well marked. Rock Pond is well sheltered and calm. No motorboats are allowed.

You will need to paddle through Putnam Pond and into North Pond to access the carry trail for Rock Pond. The trail is located in the northern bay and is well marked. Follow this trail past another intersection and launch on the northwestern bay of the pond. Several rock outcroppings offer interesting areas to go ashore and the rocky slopes of the mountains will try and persuade you to climb them. There is a hiking trail around the entire length of the pond which provide access other hiking trails if you wish to extend your outing. 

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