Buck Pond Campground

Dept. Fish & Wildlife

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Adirondack Park Preserve
Vermontville, NY 12989
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GPS: 44.505, -74.118

Last Price Paid: $30
Number of Sites: 114
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: May - September
Elevation: 1681 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Moretown, VT
19 Airstream Globe Trotter / Trade Wind
2014 Toyota Tacoma
32 reviews
Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 16

Nancy would stay here again


Reviewed Nov 21, 2016

Overall Rating

Do you want to hear the trilling of the Loons, the wind whispering through the pines, look at the night sky, paddle some classic waterways, swim at a sandy beach, hike through the wilderness or bike on the old railroad bed then Buck Pond State Park is the place for you. You will not hear any road noise and have little light pollution. If you are looking for amenities (no cell service) other than what I have listed, then this is not the place for you.

This is a basic old style campground in the trees situated on Buck Pond and Lake Kushaqua. Some of the sites over look the pond and some of the interior sites you can look through the trees to the water. Most are fairly shaded, so if you are running on solar you should have a moveable panel. Like most state parks there are limited generator hours. Most sites offer some privacy. These are dirt sites so some are more level than others and some have easier access. The park can accommodate up to 30 foot trailers on some sites, but the road in the camping loops is narrow, so backing up can be a challenge depending on the site. There are two bathrooms in each of the larger loops, which are basic and clean. There is a hot shower in each.

Loop A, on Buck Pond, tends to have larger sites and about 10 sites are on the water, which fill up fast. Loop B is in the trees and is more suitable for tents, trailers under 16 feet and popups. There are some larger sites. Loop C, on Lake Kushaqua has about a half dozen sites on the water. More sites are suited for smaller trailers. Loop D has only ten sites, but is close to the beach. Use the following website to help you pick your campsite. http://www.campadk.com/campsitephotos.php

Get gas when you can since the nearest gas station is about 15 miles away. You will finad a large grocery store in Plattsburgh, NY, about an hour, Saranac Lake is about 30 minutes away and Lake Placid about an hour. A truck comes around the campground selling wood, ice, ice cream, and a few other items, since the nearest convenience store is about 7 miles away.

Outside the park entrance in the town of Onchiota, that has the Seven Gables Antique and Collectible Shop. It’s a great shop to poke around in. The owner has a small coffee bar and sells a few other camp items, especially warm clothes, if you forget to bring yours. There are all kinds of collectibles from former camps so a great place to look if you have a vintage trailer. She just got wifi, so spend a little there to support the service.

There is an Indian Museum in the town, but it’s only open in July and August, so I haven’t been.

Seven miles down the road in Gabriel is the Pack Basket Restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. They have wifi there and offer some good food. After you eat, drive east about a mile on RT 86. The area is a flat open expanse of farmland that gives you about 270 degree view of the High Peaks Region.

If you wish to visit and learn more about the Great Camps in the Adirondacks, about 7 miles from the campground is White Pine Camp, Calvin Coolidge’s summer White House for one year. They offer tours during the summer season on Wednesday. And if you really want to soak up the atmosphere, you can book a cottage there.

A must see is the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. It’s about 60 miles from the campground, but well worth the drive and visit.

If you wish to explore areas away from Buck Pond in a kayak or canoe, then pick up an
Adirondack Canoe Map. I would recommend Upper Saint Regis Lake if you wish to see more Great Camps and classic motorboat. The boat launch is not marked, so you need a canoe map to find it. Jones Pond to Osgood Pond, into Little Osgood Pond and then Church Pond gives you a feel for the ability to travel from one body of water to the next. From the campground you can explore Rainbow and Kushaqua Lake.

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • boat rental
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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