Cascade Pond and Rock Pond

Cascade Pond and Rock Pond

Fishing

Directions to Access Points

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Indian Lake. Continue for just under 1-mile to where CR 19 comes in sharply on your right and follow here. Go down CR19 for about 0.25 miles to a dirt road on the left with a sign for Cascade Pond. Drive down this road for about 0.1 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Shoreline Fishing

Shore fishing is pretty decent but you will have to hike 0.6 miles to reach the shore, but the trail is very easy. A footbridge will get you over the divide between Rock and Durrant and paths go along the shore to help access a bit of fishing. It is said that there is decent panfish fishing right from the footbridge area so if you want a good time for the kids bring them along.

Boat access

There is no direct boat access but the pond can be accessed by a small boat from Lake Durrant.
Fish Species Types

Largemouth Bass, Bullhead, Panfish
Special Regulation

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Indian Lake. Continue for just under 1-mile to where CR 19 comes in sharply on your right and follow here. Go down CR19 for about 0.25 miles to a dirt road on the left with a sign for Cascade Pond. Drive down this road for about 0.1 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Paddling

How to Get There

From the three-way intersection in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake for about 7.5 miles, then turn left on Sabattis Circle Road. Follow this to another three-way intersection and take a left. Follow this to the Whitney Headquarters on the left and park here.
Overview

Once you paddle south down Little Tupper Lake (3+ miles), look for the inlet from Rock Pond on the south side of the lake. There is a very long narrow stream (more than 2 miles in length) that will access you to Rock Pond. This is possibly the most scenic and interesting paddle opportunities in the region and should not be missed by anyone. Once on Rock Pond there are additional camping opportunities. Hang out here for a couple days and enjoy some serious solitude, listen to the loons and gander about for the local moose. Do not paddle past Rock Pond as it soon becomes private property.
Type of Launch

No launch — access from Little Tupper Lake
Type of Carry

No carry
Type of Water

Calm and pristine

Hiking

Trail Description

The trail is wide and well used, a nice walk in the woods. You will quickly drop down over an old wood bridge before you start an easy hike to Rock Pond which comes in at around 0.6 miles. From there the hike remains easy to moderate but does go over a small hogback in route to the pond. You will come first to the lean-to at 2.6 miles from the trailhead. Continue a bit further for other views of the pond or even further to the Northville/Placid Trail (0.9 miles from lean-to) and Stephens Pond (1.4 miles).

Round Trip Distance

5.2 miles, from outer gate

Approximate Round Trip time

Family with Young Kids

  • 3 to 3.5 hours

Experienced Hiker

  • 2 to 2.5 hours

Inexperienced Hiker

  • 2.5 to 3 hours

Ice Fishing

Also an excellent ice fishing situation.

Camping

Cascade Pond has a lean-to along the shore.

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