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Old 05-21-2016, 07:05 AM   #1
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Stony Creek Ponds in August?

Just got back from a great 3 day paddle camp to Axton landing. I paddled up into Stony Creek Ponds and was pleased with their beauty and saw some great campsites on the north shore. My wife and I paddle camp every summer and I am considering going there. I saw nobody, but I know it will be busyer in aug. How busy? water skiers? jet skis? Partyers?
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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I have somewhat vague memories of paddling through there a few years ago when I worked for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The impression that I got was that Stony Creek Ponds sees moderate levels of use. A lot of the weekend motor boat traffic that comes up the river tends to head towards Raquette Falls.

In August, though, any place can be busy, especially if it is a weekend with good weather.
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:03 PM   #3
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I may be missing something? Is there a way to get a motorboat or jetski in there? Is there an access road? There's not that much water in Stony Creek. I've only passed through going to or coming from Indian Carry but I have stopped at one of the sites for a break. My recollection is the best part is the creek, the pond and sites are a bit mucky and a total bugfest. It would not be on my list of places to overnight. I would push through to Long Lake for a some nicer sites or carry over to Upper.
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:28 PM   #4
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We did a trip there during Adirondack Canoe Symposium in July

Stony Creek was a paddlers delight. Not buggy particularly and not mucky at all.

All the campsites to the lean to at the Falls were empty.

This was not on a weekend though. Saw no jetskiers or powerboaters at all.

Sure motorboats could access via the Crusher or Tupper Lake.
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:50 AM   #5
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I'm asking about the ponds,not the raquette river. yes,i don't see how powerboats could get from the river to the ponds, but there are many beautiful houses on the southern end with docks so there must be a private boat launch there.there were several real nice campsites on the north end,some with picnic tables.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:06 AM   #6
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I've paddled the Stony Creek Ponds several times over the years and Never seen a motor boat on them, granted, mid week and mostly off season. I only know one person that has a camp on them and he's a paddler. It's not the type of place jet skiers would want to be , to quiet . no action. Then again , I've never seen a jet skier on Upper Saranac either where my camp is, but then we rent the camp in July and Aug, so aren't there in the busy season.

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Old 05-26-2016, 04:19 PM   #7
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There are approximately eight campsites on the ponds - three on the upper, five on the middle and none on the lower. There is never a time when more than four are being used.

The best of the bunch is on middle pond, on a small point directly east of the island. Great view and a nice breeze. If that one's taken, and it'll likely be by me, the sites on either side of the flow between upper and middle pond are great. The sites on the north end of middle pond are the buggiest.

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