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Old 07-14-2017, 02:34 PM   #1
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Debar Pond Campsite?

I am thinking of Paddling Debar Pond this Sunday. Anyone know if there are any campsites there?
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:00 PM   #2
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I have been there a few times but have not seen a designated campsite or otherwise.(but that doesn't mean thee isn't one there) There are a pair of trails on the other side of the dam, one going south along the pond and the other heading NW. The latter showed some open woods.

DEC has been doing some work there recently installing a new walk through gate, removing the old trail boardwalk and placing a new trail register. A couple of designated campsites would be a welcome addition.

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Old 07-16-2017, 01:59 PM   #3
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I bushwacked around the pond on the west shore years ago before continuing south to the old Game Management area. I don't recall seeing any campsites on the pond (designated or otherwise).
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:08 PM   #4
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Hmm, bummer. It looks like a pretty cool place to canoe camp.

Anyone know of a drive-up campsite in that area? I am considering camping at Mountain Pond, or the confluence of Saranac River and Kushaqua Narrows, but it would be great if there was something closer.

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Hmm, bummer. It looks like a pretty cool place to canoe camp.

Anyone know of a drive-up campsite in that area? I am considering camping at Mountain Pond, or the confluence of Saranac River and Kushaqua Narrows, but it would be great if there was something closer.

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From what I remember, there's at least 1 designated campsite at the old Debar Game Management Area. If you look on the Nat Geo map, there's an unnamed road that branches off of Route 26 and ends at a parking area almost due south of Debar Pond. This is the Debar Game Management Area, where there used to be a state research facility and where the ill-fated attempt to reintroduce elk into the Adirondacks was made. There's not much of the research area left, just a bunch of old foundations and the remains of the elk pens rapidly being consumed by forest (honestly, it kind of has a bit of a creepy feeling to it, but also kind of cool if that is your thing).

I don't recall any drive up sites specifically, but I do remember there being a designated site within easy walking distance of where you can park. If you can't find any designated sites (it's been nearly 10 years since I was last back there, so things may have changed), it shouldn't be hard to find a non-designated spot in accordance with the 150 foot rule.

I've never been a huge fan of the sites at Mountain Pond near Paul Smiths- they are overused, abused, and always muddy. If you go across Route 30 from the Hays Brook Trailhead (the northern entrance to Mountain Pond), there is a dirt road that takes you back to Slush Pond. There's 4 or 5 designated and numbered car camping sites along this road that are nicer. There's also 4 or 5 designated car camping sites at Jones Pond, although these get more use and despite being nice, it's not always easy to find an open site here.

Many of the lean-tos on the Paul Smith's Easement, despite not being roadside, would be an easy walk to. The lean-tos on Church Pond, Little Church Pond, and Osgood Pond are all nice, aren't much more than a 10-15 minute walk (or paddle) from the road, and actually get less use in the summer when Paul Smith's students are gone for summer break. You can also put in on the St. Regis River at the St. Regis Mountain trailhead and paddle up river to a couple more lean-tos. (Even though these lean-tos are on PSC property, the land is under easement with the state, so normal state land use regulations apply- no tents in/around lean-tos, 3 night stay, etc.)
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Old 09-02-2017, 07:24 PM   #6
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Hmm, abandoned research facility, sounds grotesque and somewhat intriguing at the same time. I have been paddling in the North end of the park a lot this year. Will have to check that one out next time I am in the area.
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