This lovely bay is rumored to be the home of Champ, the Lake Champlain monster because of the many "sightings." Talk about catching the big one!
There is a boat ramp off Route 9N, with a hard surface ramp with parking for 45 cars and trailers.
Lake Champlain, the lake
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness.
How to get there
Take Route 74 from Ticonderoga to Route 9. Follow Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half 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. Crane Pond Road is typically not in very good condition so be prepared for a longer walk or ski if it is not drivable.
Putnam Pond State Campground
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. It's location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start-off point for hiking in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area.
Choose from interior site camping, which requires a boat for access, or the developed area where car camping is accessible. Campers can rent a canoe or rowboat from DEC staff.