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Old 06-18-2018, 10:50 AM   #1
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Woods Lake near Benson

Hi all, just wondering if anyone has any info about campsites on woods lake near Benson. I'm planning on camping there one night on my way through and I can only seem to find info on sites #3, and #4. I'm hoping to find a nice spot a bit further from the trail. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated. Also if theis a good spot to jump in for a swim. Thanks everyone.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:53 AM   #2
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I can't say about going back into the woods to camp, but the designated sites at Woods are nice, but I wouldn't stay on a Fri. or Sat. night; too close to the road. I really didn't look very well for swimming spots, but at a quick glance it didn't seem like a good spot for swimming.
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Old 06-18-2018, 07:54 PM   #3
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If i remember correctly, we hiked past several sites that weren't really swim friendly. The last site was swimmable, but had large rocks... Maybe 1 foot average. Once in the water, it was quite nice. The site was pretty dirty. We cleaned it somewhat but couldn't stomach taking the dirty underwear.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:30 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. When you say last site do you remember where that was? Are all the sites right on the trail going along the east shore or are there some on the west shore? Thanks again.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:55 PM   #5
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The sites we checked out were on the south / southeast shore. I'm not sure if we made it all the way to the last site or not, but we essentially stopped looking once we found a swimmable location. If i had to guess we passed maybe 3 other sites.
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:30 PM   #6
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Just a thought, but there are plenty of open woods in that area where the 150 foot regulation wouldn’t be a huge deal, and there are a few streams that drain into Woods Lake where the NPT swings around the north end of the lake, which also might make for reasonable options to stop & freshen up a bit as opposed to an undesirable swim in the lake.
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:48 PM   #7
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Just a thought, but there are plenty of open woods in that area where the 150 foot regulation wouldn’t be a huge deal, and there are a few streams that drain into Woods Lake where the NPT swings around the north end of the lake, which also might make for reasonable options to stop & freshen up a bit as opposed to an undesirable swim in the lake.
I wouldn't classify the swim at Woods Lake as undesirable. In fact, it was very nice. I just wanted to make sure the OP was aware that it was a bit of a rock scramble to get into the lake... Not a nice beach.

I also recall quite a few of what I'd assume to be juvenile salamanders in the water. My kids thought they were pretty cool.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:43 AM   #8
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Likely Newts. Olive with tiny orange spots. They are found in most Adirondack ponds and small lakes.
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:21 AM   #9
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Thanks again for the info and tips. Ended up finding a nice spot but had to spend the first 45 minutes there cleaning up the previous visitors trash. Ended up carrying out 1 and a half trash bags worth of garbage. It was all over the place. Ended up with a nice night but woke up to a couple random and quick rain showers. All in all it was a nice place for a quick over night on or way to Lake George.
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:47 AM   #10
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Oh, those empty cans are SOOOOO heavy to take back out, 1/3 miles(?), to the car. Thanks for cleaning up!
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Old 06-25-2018, 11:50 AM   #11
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I always try to remember a couple of pairs of latex gloves for cleaning up after the thoughtless (braindead?)prior residents.
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Old 06-25-2018, 12:31 PM   #12
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That's a good idea. I can't believe I never thought to do that.
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:28 PM   #13
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I can't believe people pack up, look behind them as they leave and think, "Yeah, that's fine." I can only assume that (a) it wasn't like that when they showed up and they are completely oblivious to everything around them, or (b) it was, and they didn't care and just added to the sh!tshow.
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:46 PM   #14
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Could you at least get a nickel for the cans or did they come from south of the (NYS) border?
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:29 PM   #15
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Ended up finding a nice spot but had to spend the first 45 minutes there cleaning up the previous visitors trash. Ended up carrying out 1 and a half trash bags worth of garbage. It was all over the place.
Ugh! Unfortunately that is not at all surprising. Thanks so much for helping to clean things up. Every time I’ve been by some of those sites it’s a similar deal, and another perfect example why not to allow easy public access to the Boreas Ponds. You should report what you found to the local Ranger if you haven’t done so already, even though it still seems to have zero effect.

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Old 06-28-2018, 04:12 PM   #16
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Thanks for cleaning up. It's a shame you had to do it.

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I can't believe people pack up, look behind them as they leave and think, "Yeah, that's fine." I can only assume that (a) it wasn't like that when they showed up and they are completely oblivious to everything around them, or (b) it was, and they didn't care and just added to the sh!tshow.

All of the above, I'm afraid.
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