Parking directions outlined below will get you to the carry trail to access Long Pond and Floodwood Pond if you are not paddling through.
The distance from Floodwood Pond to Floodwood Road is very short and easy. Located at the crossing is Saint Regis Canoe outfitters, where during open season, boat repair, cold drinks, supplies and rations can be purchased. The carry continues on the opposite side of the road toward Long Pond. Not far into the woods the trail splits. Straight leads along a foot trail (carry) and left leads down to a beaver pond (put-in). Here you have the choice to carry the foot trail or paddle for a while through the beaver pond and rejoin the trail further up. If you do decide to carry; the trail isn’t too bad, but you will have to get across the bottom of a beaver dam over some, not-so well-secured boards. If you put in at the beaver marsh you will need to paddle through toward the west to the top of the above mentioned beaver dam. You can take out on the north side of the beaver dam and be right at the trail.
From here the trail climbs slightly to enter the forest and continue for quite some distance over rolling hills to the put-in on the south shore of Long Pond.
Size in length: 1.2 miles from Shore of Floodwood Pond to Shore of Long Pond
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 4.0 miles to its end at Route 30. Follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake for around 5.6 miles to Floodwood Road on the right. Follow Floodwood Road for 4.1 miles to the railroad crossing. Park on opposite side, trail is located here.
Type of launch: You can park on Floodwood Road using the directions above to access both ponds if not paddling through.
1.1 mile mixed carry to Long Pond 0.1 mile flat carry to Floodwood Pond
Type of water: Long Pond and Floodwood Pond are both fairly sheltered but can obtain rough conditions due to shallow waters and size.