From the launch you will paddle east along Church Pond to a narrow water way that will bring you to a small body of water with grass and cattail lined shores. From this small body of water there is another narrow passageway that will exit you out onto Osgood Pond.
The narrow passageways are a fun section to paddle, but under low water conditions they may not be passable. In this case use the Red Dot Trail that follows the course of the waterway. The Red Dot Trail is an easy portage and may only need to be used for a couple hundred feet.
Be sure to enjoy the quiet waters of Church Pond before you get into the wide open waters of Osgood Pond. Osgood is a nice paddle with opportunities to paddle further up Jones Pond Outlet to Jones Pond or up the Osgood River.
Pond Sizes-Approximate Shoreline Length: Church Pond: 1.2 miles, Osgood Pond: 6.75 miles
Distances: Church Pond to Osgood Pond: 0.8 miles
How to get there: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue to the Church Pond which is located on the right near the end of Route 86. The Launch is located right off Route 86.
Type of launch: Less than 100 feet
Portage/Carry Details: Red Dot Trail, use as necessary during low water conditions, less than 0.25 miles
Type of water: Church Pond: Flat, calm conditions and well sheltered. No motorboats.
Osgood Pond: This pond is rather big and can create decent sized swells. Motorboats are allowed on this pond so be aware.