Rat Pond | Paddle

From the parking lot, walk back up to the railroad tracks and follow them further west along a well-develop dirt path. The pond will be on the left in about 0.25 miles. There is a short steep dirt launch on the shore. Across the pond on the west side is a nice rock feature for a picnic, fishing, or just relaxing. 

Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length: 

Brandy Pond: 0.9 miles


Parking to Rat 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 miles to its end at Route 30. Follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake for just under 3 miles to Fish Hatchery Road on the right. Follow here for 0.5 miles to the dirt road entrance for Little Clear Pond. Cross the railroad tracks and take a left onto another dirt road and drive this to the parking for Fish Pond. 

Type of launch:

Carry of 0.25 miles

Portage/Carry Details: 

The carry is easy along a dirt path along the railroad tracks, flat 

Type of water:

Well sheltered, calm and flat.

On The Map
Fish Hatchery Road
Lake Clear, 12945
(518) 891-1990
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