These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows. The best launch is located near the beach which is just over a small hill from the main parking area in the campground. This pond in the summer can get very busy but you don’t have to worry about motorboats, they are not allowed in the wilderness area. Several trails can be accessed from the shore of the ponds including Treadway Mountain, a wonderful hike with outstanding views.
Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length:
Putnam Pond: 3.75 miles; North Pond: 2.5 miles
Less than 100 feet from parking to pond
How to get 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.
Type of launch:
Sand and grass
Less than 100 feet, no portage to North Pond
Type of water:
Both ponds are well sheltered and calm, there are no motorboats allowed.
Fishing and Ice Fishing
Fish for northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed and yellow perch on this tranquil pond where motors are not allowed. Popular with ice anglers.
The northern section is at its best for fishing in the winter and early spring.