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Old 07-17-2017, 01:19 PM   #1
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Need help finding a lean-to to stay at please

Hi, this summer I'd like to do a trip with some family members who can't carry much gear. I'd like to find a spot where I can launch a canoe close to a trail head and canoe to the lean-to with the gear, and the others can hike to the lean-to. Ideally the hike would be up to 3 miles, but 4 isn't out of the question. Can anyone share any locations if you happen to know of places like this? Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:23 PM   #2
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The only place I can think of that might meet your needs, and assures you'll get a shelter, is to go to Tioga Point on Raquette Lake. It's a DEC campground but there are numerous lean-tos available via reservation. Your party could hike in via a trail that goes into one of the Sargent Ponds if I remember correctly.

Other than that, your biggest issue is that lean-tos (and all campsites for that matter) are available on a first come, first serve basis. It's possible your group could hike in to a site and you might find it already taken.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time....be well.

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Old 07-17-2017, 02:06 PM   #3
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Long Lake. Cranberry Lake/Oswegatchie. Taylor Pond. Raquette River between Raquette Falls &The Crusher.
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:54 PM   #4
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I believe there are lean-tos to reserve at Alger Island as well.
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:37 PM   #5
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1 more: Osgood Pond.

Alger could be a tough hike
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:32 PM   #6
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How about Henderson Lake? It's a .25 mile carry to a 1.4 mile paddle, and/or a 2 mile hike up and around to the lean to.
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:22 PM   #7
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It may be a bit more of a hike, but the lean-to on Lake Lila would also suffice. It's a bit more of a hike (approx 6 miles??) but its an easy one down a forest road. There is a small portage from the parking lot (.3) for those in the boats.

The nice thing about being at the Lean-to is that you are right at the start of the hike up Mt Fedrica, which is a must do on Lake Lila.
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:14 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I'm going to check them all out. If you think of anything else over the next week or 2 I'd love to hear it.
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:34 AM   #9
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Long Lake. Cranberry Lake/Oswegatchie. Taylor Pond. Raquette River between Raquette Falls &The Crusher.
All good suggestions, especially Taylor Pond. I may be up there for night soon.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:46 AM   #10
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Woodhull lake lean to is only a 0.25 mile paddle from the launch at Wolf Lake Landing. The trail is around 0.50 miles, If I remember correctly.

Your chances of snagging an open lean to are much better if you go during the week, if that's an option.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:13 AM   #11
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Follensby Clear has a lean-to also.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:27 AM   #12
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Yea but unless something has changed, the lean-to on Follesnby Clear is located on an island to the best of my recollection.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.

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Old 07-19-2017, 10:29 AM   #13
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Yea but unless something has changed, the lean-to on Follesnby Clear is located on an island to the best of my recollection.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.

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Yes it is, he did say canoe in.
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:11 PM   #14
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Taylor Pond itself doesn't have a lean-to you can paddle to, but has several you can hike to from the campsite. You would need tents for a base camp.
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:26 PM   #15
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Taylor Pond itself doesn't have a lean-to you can paddle to, but has several you can hike to from the campsite. You would need tents for a base camp.
Then why does the map say "3 Boat Access Only Lean-To Sites"
http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/permits_e...orpond2015.pdf

It's been many years since I paddled there, but I did stop at the 3 lean-tos to take a look.
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Old 07-20-2017, 11:54 AM   #16
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I'm sorry, had it mixed up with Putnam Pond several hiking opportunities to lean-to's but none on the pond. There are some on Taylor Pond, I005 being the best I think. Right next to a brook and not far from the trail that goes around the pond. New one at the end of the pond, but you have to carry everything up a big hill from the pond.
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What's the current state of the so-called trail around Taylor Pond?

I visited it over decade ago, in summer, and it was heavily overgrown. It felt more like a snowmobile trail than a foot trail. Has it improved?
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Dead Creek Flow on Cranberry Lake; Put in @ Wannakenna. Lean to at end of Dead creek flow (Janacks Landing) leads to trails to ponds, Cat Mtn, & High Falls on Oswegotchie>

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Old 07-20-2017, 12:32 PM   #19
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We were there over the 4th of July. What parts of the trail we saw were wet and overgrown in some of the areas. A DEC officer hiked in and came as far as our site. He said trail got worse from there and towards the end of the pond and hard to find at times.
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Yes it is, he did say canoe in.
He's looking for a lean-to that he can canoe to, while the rest of his group hikes to it.

The trail around Taylor Pond is a snowmobile trail, but I don't think it gets much use for that purpose, even. It's not something I'd recommend as being family friendly. It's worth pointing out as well that the lean-tos are part of the campground, and reservations and use fees apply in season when the campground is in operation

The hike to the Tioga Point campground would also be kind of rough for novice hikers.

Lake Lila could work- the hike is definitely shorter than 6 miles (maybe 3-4 miles?) but as others have pointed out, there's no guarantee of getting the lean-to. There's a few designated tent sites in the vicinity, though.

Long Lake also comes to mind. The Catlin Bay Lean-tos are about a mile from the trailhead. One of the lean-tos is set back well from the lake and doesn't get a lot use by the motorboating crowd. Hidden Cove is about a mile further up the lake, but also kind of hard to find from the trail.

Note that if you're not staying at a DEC campground, backcountry regulations apply- including a 9 person overnight group size limit (8 person limit in the High Peaks, which includes Long Lake, although I believe you can still get permits for up to 12 people to camp on Long Lake if you contact the DEC in advance).
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