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Eagle Point Campground Boat Launch

This boat launch is in the Eagle Point DEC Campground.

Motor boats, rowboats, and canoes are allowed. There is a day use fee for use of launch.

Schroon Lake Boat Launch

Schroon Lake, the lake, has three boat launches.

One is in downtown Schroon Lake, on Dock Street. There is a hard surface launching ramp and parking for 15 cars and trailers.

Lake Harris Boat Launch

Launch your motorboats, canoes, kayaks, and SUPs here!

How to get there

From Overlook Park in Newcomb, head west on Route 28N toward Long Lake. After 2.5 miles, turn right onto Beach Road and the launch is on the right.


This is hard launch, so motorboat trailers as well as paddlers will find ease of access. 

Alternately, there is access from Lake Harris State Campground.

Putnam Pond State Campground

Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. It's location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.


Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start-off point for hiking in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.

Choose from interior site camping, which requires a boat for access, or the developed area where visitors can rent a canoe or rowboat.

Day users can pay a small fee to use the facilities even if not camping.


There are rowboats and canoes available for rent for paddling on Putnam Pond only. Kayaks and canoes are allowed on the ponds in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, though they must be portaged at least 0.5 miles to access any of the other ponds.


Putnam Pond is a popular pond for boating because of its spectacular scenery. The only point of public access to the pond is located at the campground. Motor boats are allowed on Putnam Pond.


Fish species in area ponds are smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and northern pike.


This campground is in an especially lush environment for water birds. Putnam Pond flows into North Pond, is surrounded by Rock and Clear ponds to the west, and Haymeadow Pond and Cranberry Marsh to the east. Expect to see such wetland birds as tanagers, warblers, vireos, and woodpeckers, and perhaps even the elusive American Bittern.

Paradox Lake Public Campground

This DEC State Campground is set amid rolling hills of hardwood along a quiet scenic road. Located on the shore of Dark Bay, on Paradox Lake.


Canoes and rowboats are available for rent at the registration booth.

There are hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, boat launch site, picnic area with pavilion rental, and firewood sales.


Motorboats allowed. The boat launch is a single lane, launch ramp over natural sand and gravel substrate.


There is a whole network of trails south of the lake that campers can access within a few minutes of departing. Hike to Crane, Oxshoe, Crab, Putnam, and Horseshoe ponds. Deeper into the wilderness, explore Pharaoh Lake and Pharaoh Mountain, which has a delightful view from the summit.

Take a boat to the opposite shore of the lake for a short trail which leads to Peaked Hill and Peaked Hill Pond.


Many quiet paved roads give access to the grounds on Dark Bay. Low traffic, low speed limit, and excellent for children.

A day use pass offers boat rental availability, restrooms, picnic tables, BBQ grills, and showers. Hiking access to Crane Pond, Oxshoe, Crab, Putnam, and Horseshoe Ponds, and to Pharaoh Lake and Pharaoh Mountain. Via boat, the opposite shore of the lake offers a trail to Peaked Hill and Peaked Hill Pond.

DISTANCE: 2 miles of interlocking paths. Paved road, mostly flat, narrow shoulders but very low traffic.

DIRECTIONS: Follow the loops around the shore of the lake, along different campsites, and through the woods.


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