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Overview of Jones Pond

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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You may stay up to 3 days without a permit, and up to 14 days with a permit from a forest ranger

Number of Sites 7

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 1,673 ft / 509 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Jones Pond 2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 9/17/2018
1bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 9/17/2018
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glasgows_onthego
28' Ford Four Winds Five Thousand 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
104 reviews
“Tight spot on a pretty pond in the trees”

Reviewed 9/17/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
Overall Rating

Jones Pond is a pretty area and makes a decent base camp to explore this area of the Adirondacks. After looking around a bit this seemed to be a good free spot to camp. Access was not the easiest with our 28 foot RV. The only spot we could fit with out scratching our RV was site 1. There were other, nicer camp sites, but more made for tents or smaller vehicles. It would be really hard to impossible to get a RV to these other sites.

Jones Pond itself was pretty and takes about a hour and a half to paddle around the whole thing. There were several people everyday that came to paddle and fish the pond. Otherwise it was quiet there at night. There was decent cell service here as well which is rear for the area. The town of Saranac Lake is about 20 minutes away and Lake Placid is about 35 minutes.

The only things we didn't like about this spot is there is very little solar here due to the tree cover, and it could get muddy if it were to rain. There is also some noise from the road which is right there, but it isn't very busy.

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Location
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1bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

glasgows_onthego would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

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Margot Bai
Toronto, ON, Canada 17' Taylor Coach Nik Nat Toyota Tacoma 4wd Off-Road
146 reviews
“Free dispersed camping with no services adjacent to a boat launch in the Adirondacks”

Reviewed 3/14/2017

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: 1
Overall Rating

Jones pond is a small shallow lake with a dirt boat launch area right off a paved road in the Adirondacks in New York State. There is one site right across from the boat launch area that is RV accessible, the rest are down a rutted dirt road only suitable for pickup trucks. Beware that the boat launch area is right at the apex of a curve in the road - backing in could put you at risk of being hit by traffic coming around the bend unless you put a spotter down the road to flag traffic.

Site 1 is beautiful, surrounded by a coniferous forest and with water access at the boat launch. The base is pine needles over dirt, some tree roots but relatively level and not too bumpy. We had some trees to drive around but were just barely able to U-turn through it with our minivan/small trailer combo. It could be tricky for larger rigs. We were able to stay 3 nights without registering or getting a permit but you can stay longer if you get a permit. We stayed here twice: both times the spot was available, in August and September 2015.

People do come and go for launching small boats/canoes/kayaks and to access the sites farther back down the rutted dirt road. Also it is adjacent to a paved road so there is some traffic noise as well. Cell signal was weak for us on our Canadian plans. The Paul Smith College Visitor Information Centre is just 7 miles away north up Hwy 30 with bathrooms, small garbage and recycling bins, free wifi, a butterfly house and many miles of beautiful hiking trails. We also got out on Jones Pond in a canoe and spotted bald eagles soaring overhead and a pair of loons.

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Margot Bai would stay here again

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Amenities

Hookups
  • dry camping
Recreation
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • picnic table
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