This dirt road is one of the major northern access points for the wilderness. The road is suppose to be closed to vehicles, however the road remains open as access is not blocked. It is becoming a very rough road since it is NOT maintained. It looks good at the start of the road but quickly gets rough and rougher as you go. The road travels two miles to Crane Pond.
Crane Pond is the most popular paddling location within the wilderness because it is the most easily accessed and has shoreline tent sites. The pond can be accessed from Crane Pond Trailhead via Crane Pond Trail.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery!
Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond State Campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga.
Distance: 6.3 mile round trip, easy walk
Directions to Access Points: Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half a mile, take a left onto Alder Meadow Road, follow it for about 2.2 miles, then turn onto Crane Pond Road. Follow that for 1.5 miles to the large parking area at the end of the road.
Shoreline Fishing: There is plenty of shoreline fishing available. This pond is great for bass and panfish.
Boat Access: The road back to Crane Pond is typically not very good, so driving it is not recommended. Consider this a pond you need to portage to. The portage is 2 miles along the dirt road, upon which a cart could easily be used. No motors are allowed in this wilderness area.
Troll the deep portions of the lake on the west end for lake trout.
Use the shallows for panfish and perch.
The south side of the pond and a northwest peninsula are decent for smallmouth bass. Cast out and reel back slow to bring them out from the steep slopes.
Fish Species Types: Bullhead, lake trout, bass, perch, panfish
Special Regulations: Always follow New York state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Look for lake trout, Northern pike, and yellow perch. The lake trout are open season all year, with a minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of three.
Important additional information
Use or possession of baitfish prohibited
There are nine designated tent sites on the shore of Crane Pond, which can only be accessed by water.