From Route 30 locate the narrow path through the woods. The path is to the back of a small clearing/pull-off to the right. The path as mentioned is very narrow and low clearance. The path gets very wet as you approach the shore of the boreal pond.
Brandy Pond is very secluded, even being so close to the road. This is an excellent paddle for birding and possible wildlife viewing. The paddle length is very short but an excellent place to go and relax for a couple hours.
Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length: 0.5 miles
Distances: Route 30 to Brandy Pond: 0.1 miles
How to get there: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue for 5-miles to Route 186 on the left. Follow Route 186 for 4-miles to its end at Route 30. Follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake for around 11 miles to a grassy pull-off on the right side of the road. No sign marks the parking or the pond. The pond can faintly be seen through the trees.
Type of launch: Carry of 0.1 miles
Portage/Carry Details: The carry is difficult to locate, but there is a bit of a pull-off for parking.
Type of water: Well sheltered, calm and flat.