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Old 06-16-2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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Connery Pond in Lake Placid?

Need help or looking for suggestions. I am taking the family to Lake Placid this summer and want to have them experience an ADK pond fishing experience (9,11 year old kids). Looking for a plcae that is scenic, uncrowded, quiet, rowboat accessible, and not far off the beaten path. Connery Pond seems ideal but I am wondering how close I can get a rowboat to the water. Also, can anyone recommend a rowboat rental place in Placid. Any tips or other pond suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:01 PM   #2
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Any reason why you want a rowboat instead of a canoe? Canoe is much easier for a number of reasons.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:34 PM   #3
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The only reason is For stability with two adults, two kids, and fishing movements. If there is a type of canoe that is stable enough, I would consider it. Suggestions?
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:08 AM   #4
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The only reason is For stability with two adults, two kids, and fishing movements. If there is a type of canoe that is stable enough, I would consider it. Suggestions?
Radisson or SportsPal, multi-keeled and reasonably stable with the ability to row instead of paddle,but your capacity would be limited to at most, 3 persons, and that's pushing it, especially if your companions are inexperienced. They are considerably more lightweight than a row-boat and would allow easier access to the water.
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:00 AM   #5
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Not sure about Lake Placid but Mac's in Lake Clear Jct. is a popular rental spot. But, if you go up that way you might as well head for either the Fish Creek Ponds or St. Regis Canoe Area. They'll have some ideas for you.

http://www.macscanoe.com/macs.html
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:12 AM   #6
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I've only been to Connery Pond once. My recollection is that most of the road along the shore is private camps. At the end of the road there is a trailhead to Whiteface Landing and a parking area. I thought there was a herd path down to the shore of the pond. I think it is only a short trek. Maybe drive in and check it out prior to renting the boat? I don't remember any sort of a boat ramp.
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:33 AM   #7
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Wakely Pond, off the Cedar River Road near Indian Lake, fits all your criteria except being close to Lake Placid. Rarely any boats on it and you can pull right up to the water's edge to unload a boat. The Cedar River Flow is more expansive and a mile up the road, but gets a bit more traffic. Unsure about the fishing potential in the pond.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:08 AM   #8
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All - thanks for giving me ideas to consider. Is there a type of canoe that would be easily carried from Connery Pond parking area to the water, that is stable for two adults and two rambunctious kids moving around and casting? I prefer location near Placid but I would consider Saranac/St Regis area to accommodate a rowboat if my canoe requirements aren't possible.
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Another option is that you might rent a boat at one of the DEC campgrounds that rents them. You'd have to pay the day use fee as well, but it could be worth it. I believe that Rollins Pond does boat rentals, including rowboats, and the pond tends to be fairly quiet despite the presence of a large campground.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:26 AM   #10
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There's a concession stand, hot dogs and boat rentals , right between Fish Creek Ponds and Rollins Pond Campgrounds. I think it would work for you. This is where you want to be for the kids.

Or if you are self sufficient, that Wakely Pond suggestions is a good one.
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Another option is that you might rent a boat at one of the DEC campgrounds that rents them. You'd have to pay the day use fee as well, but it could be worth it. I believe that Rollins Pond does boat rentals, including rowboats, and the pond tends to be fairly quiet despite the presence of a large campground.
As I said, and I second this suggestion, to get the most out of your time in the DACKS.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:29 AM   #12
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And if you want REAL quiet, and if they rent canoes at the Rollins Pond concession, you can carry a canoe a few hundred yards to Whey Pond right there. No one will be on Whey pond.
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And if you want REAL quiet, and if they rent canoes at the Rollins Pond concession, you can carry a canoe a few hundred yards to Whey Pond right there. No one will be on Whey pond.
Whey Pond has special regs. May not fit in with the kids needs.
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:46 PM   #14
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In addition to the Lake Placid/Saranac area, I would also appreciate any pond suggestions around the Hoffmeister, Lake Pleasant, Speculator areas (off of Route 8). Again, I would love a pond that is rowboat accessible, quiet, very scenic (e.g., don't see RVs/campers dotting the shoreline), not crowded, and has fish to catch. Wakely Pond is a good recommendation to consider.

I would also consider ponds that could be fished from the shore/bank (ditch the need for a boat) and are within a 1-2 mile hike (easily followed trail) to get to it. Same locations as listed above. Any good suggestions?
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In addition to the Lake Placid/Saranac area, I would also appreciate any pond suggestions around the Hoffmeister, Lake Pleasant, Speculator areas (off of Route 8). Again, I would love a pond that is rowboat accessible, quiet, very scenic (e.g., don't see RVs/campers dotting the shoreline), not crowded, and has fish to catch. Wakely Pond is a good recommendation to consider.

I would also consider ponds that could be fished from the shore/bank (ditch the need for a boat) and are within a 1-2 mile hike (easily followed trail) to get to it. Same locations as listed above. Any good suggestions?
fawn lake
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