How to get there: From the intersection of Route 9 and 74 near Schroon Lake, follow Route 74 toward Ticonderoga. Continue to Putts Pond Road on the right — this is also the entrance road for Putnam Pond State Campground. Drive this to the end to access the campground and the pond. A day use fee is required. The portage trail narrows between Putnam and North ponds.
Overview: You will need to paddle through Putnam Pond to the narrow that separate it and North Pond. From the narrows you can access the 0.6 mile portage trail that leads to Clear Pond. Clear Pond is as quiet a pond as you will find anywhere, and although many hikers use the trails surrounding the pond, very few access it by boat. Use the area trails to extend your adventure, and even consider a second carry to Rock Pond to the north.
Approximate Shoreline Length: 1 mile
Distance: 0.6 mile from Putnam and North ponds to Clear Pond
Type of launch: Sand
Portage/Carry Details: 0.6 mile from North Pond over a well-marked trail with decent footing
Type of water: Well sheltered and calm. There are no motorboats allowed.
Listed as one of the top brown trout waters in Essex County by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Clear Pond is also home to rainbow and brook trout, as well as their cousin, the kokanee salmon.
At 26 acres, Clear Pond is not large, but it still manages to draw anglers at ice out. The use and possession of baitfish is prohibited. Access is via a trail from Putnam Pond Campground. A lean-to provides shelter at the pond.
From Ticonderoga, go west on Rte. 74 approximately 6 miles. Follow signs on roadside of Rte. 74 that will direct you to the campground. This is a dead end road and the campground is located at the end.
Access: Putnam Pond Campground.