This paddle trip starts off with a short 0.25 mile portage on a slight downhill grade over a wide track. Once at the put-in you will be on one of the most popular backwoods ponds in the park. Long Pond is just that, very long, but it doesn’t flow in a perfect cardinal line from south to north. Long Pond in a broken cross shaped pond with a bay on all four sides.
Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length:
Long Pond: 8.5 miles
Distances - one way:
Floodwood Road to Long Pond: 0.25 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 4.0 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 5.1 miles to the Long Pond Trail on the right where there is ample parking.
Type of launch:
Portage of 0.25 miles
Portage/Carry Details: From the trailhead you will have a portage of 0.25 miles over a wide tread which is slightly downhill.
Portage to Slang pond is minimal, nice footing
Type of water:
It is usually calm but has the potential to have larger swells due to its shallow nature