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. There are several options while on this pond from a long portage to Nellie and Bessie Ponds to the hiking option of summiting Long Pond Mountain. But on this trip, it’s all paddling, aside from a very short portage to Slang Pond.
From the Long Pond put-in you will need to head in an easterly direction down the heart of the lake and follow the open body of water as it makes it way north. Be sure to keep to the right shore as to not head into the western bay. Not that it would be a bad thing, but the portage to Slang Pond is in a wide bay on the eastern side of the pond.
The portage you will find to be easily noticeable. The carry is over a well widened tread and is very easy and short. A small up and over to Slang Pond is all that is required. Slang Pond is a very scenic pond indeed with very attractive camping areas on it shores.
You can continue past Slang Pond to Turtle Pond and Hoel Pond if a second car has been placed at the state boat launch on the north end of Hoel Pond. See the page on Hoel Pond, Turtle Pond and Slang Pond for more details.
Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length:
Long Pond: 8.5 miles
Slang Pond: 1.7 miles
Distances - one way:
Floodwood Road to Long Pond: 0.25 miles
Long Pond put-in to Slang Pond Carry: 2.3 miles
To Slang Pond: 0.15 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
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
Well sheltered, calm and flat