The Long Pond to Little Pink Pond canoe route takes you into the St. Regis Canoe area. From Long Pond, you have a beautiful view of Long Pond Mountain in the distance. These are popular places for fishing and bird watching, and along the way, paddlers might see loons, osprey, pileated woodpeckers, black ducks, mergansers, great blue herons, broad-winged hawks, vireos, cedar waxwings, eastern phoebes, warblers, sparrows, and other songbirds. In the bog area, you can see sundew, pitcher plants, sheep laurel, steeplebush, yellow pond lily, white water lilies, pickerelweed, bladderworts, blue flag, Labrador tea, and bog rosemary. Tamarack, or eastern larch, trees grow alongside black spruce in the bog areas.
- Total distance: Approximately 1.3 miles round trip
- Length of time: 2-3 hours
- Portage: 0.3 mile one way
- Round trip
- No motorboat access allowed
- Public parking is available at Long Pond
- Put in/take out at Long Pond
Park at the public parking lot for Long Pond and carry your boat the third of a mile portage to the put-in. Paddle straight across the pond with the western shore on your left to access the small stream to Pink Pond and Little Pink Pond (optional).
You will see a small opening in the shoreline to the north, with the entrance becoming more apparent as you get closer to the shore. The small stream is sometimes blocked by beaver dams, which may be negotiated by stepping briefly out of your boat. As you enter Pink Pond, you will pass through a bog area with tamarack trees and bog plants. The waterway will expand as you enter Pink Pond, where there is a campsite on the left. If you choose to go on into Little Pink Pond continue to the end of Pink Pond and you will see a small creek opening on the far right.
Recommended resource: Adirondack Paddler’s Map: St. Regis Canoe Wilderness