The portage is relatively flat with one following a corduroy walkway. The trail has a tendency to be a bit wet.
Debar Pond is a long and narrow glacial lake with seemingly cool water all year. Sheltered by Debar and Baldface Mountain it has calm waters on many days. The rocky slopes of Baldface Mountain welcome paddlers as they coast past; teasing one to explore.
Size in length: Roughly 0.9 miles
How to get there: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Saranac Lake. Continue for 6.5 miles through the Town of Ray Brook and into the Town of Saranac Lake. Continue to follow Route 86 to its end in Paul Smith’s. Take a right onto Route 30 toward for 17.2 miles to Route 26 (old Route 99) on the right. Continue onto Route 26 for roughly 4.3 miles to Debar Park Road on the right (dirt). Follow Debar Park Road for 0.75 miles to a parking area on the left. Carry is on the opposite side of the road.
Type of launch: Short carry of less than 0.3 miles
Type of water: Flat with mostly calm conditions. No motor boats.
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