Buck Pond compares to a mountain retreat; it offers secluded sites, numerous water access, a guarded bathing beach, and a walking path that stretches for miles along an abandoned railroad bed. The campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.
Biking, Bird Watching, Boat Launch, Boat Rental, Boating, Canoe Rental, Canoeing, Changing Station, Comfort Station, Dump Station, Fishing, Handicap Access, Hiking, Parking, Picnic Tables, Picnicking, Powerboating, Recycling Station, Showers, Swimming, Swimming - Beach, Telephone, Water Fillup Station, Convenience Store, Golfing, Hospital, Interpretive Center, Museum, Restaurant, Shopping
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Reviews of Buck Pond Campground
Reviewed by cpacenka on June 21, 2015
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Our favorite campground in the Andirondaks. Very secluded and quiet. We pulled into our campsite (#91) in early June on a Thursday and there were only a few other campers. wonderfully quite. the staff is wonderful. The bathrooms are rustic but the staff did their best decorating them. We rented kayaks and saw loons on the lake. Great place to camp.
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The campground has sites mostly on Buck Pond (paddling only), but also on Lake Kushaqua, which allows motorboats. Our site (#95) was across the campground road from Lake K. Even though motorboats are allowed, we hardly saw any and it was very quiet. Buck Pond has a swimming beach and you can launch your kayak/canoe from there, but we just launched ours on Lake K off an unoccupied waterfront site. Lake K does have a boat launch.
The sites are HUGE and wooded, with tons of privacy. It's very quiet and the staff is friendly, although you hardly see them, which is the way it should be. Bathhouse - so so. Poorly lit, buggy, dirty. You are camping after all, and I've learned to expect that, but I've seen better maintained facilities pretty well everywhere else. It was weird to wash your hands in the (dirty) bathroom sink and not have a trash can to put the paper towel in (a fellow camper kindly provided hand soap and some paper towels or there would have been nothing at all to wash with). There is no trash can in the entire campground - you have to take your trash out beyond the front entrance. I understand that, but the bathroom thing just rubbed me the wrong way - and other people were just putting their trash on the floor or in the sanitary napkin dispenser.
Overall, it is a very pretty campground that offers peace, quiet, privacy, and the sound of some loons one night.
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Buck Pond Campground
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