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Fish Creek Pond Campground

Saranac Lake, New York


4523 NY-30
Saranac Lake, New York 12983
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Sites: 355
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 44.30370
Longitude: -74.35907

Elevation: 1632' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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18 Reviews

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We have been coming here almost every year for decades. You pretty much always know what you are going to get. Peace and quite. Our site this year was very big but slightly oddly setup for our rig. Took some maneuvering to get setup perfectly but well worth it. Level site, great view, decent fireplace. The park road hasn't change in as long as I can remember. Old, potholes and stone areas. We were told last year they haven't fixed the speed bumps because campers were complaining about them...sad. On a good note we did see the rangers running radar several times this year. Speeding has been a huge issue in the past and little has been done about it. It was good to see them finally out there attempting to remedy the situation. Anyway, back to the CG. Bug activity was low honestly. Only a few while sitting around the fire at night. Plenty of ducks and loons throughout the day and night. A few bear sightings weeks previous. Local stores have the main things you might need. Several micro brews have popped up over the years, they are well worth visiting. Overall this was one of the best years we have had at FC. We will be back next year. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
144
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 41

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

In most respects, Fish Creek Pond is an excellent campground and quite popular in the high season. The majority of sites are on the water with gorgeous views. We listened to the loons calling and the lapping of the water at night. Many sites are quite large, though not very level. The loop road winds around the lake and is about three miles long, so it can be a bit of a drive from the site to the highway. There is a tiny store nearby and an RV park with propane available. Restrooms are located about every dozen sites so it can be a long walk in the morning to the head. Overall this would have been one of our favorite campgrounds except for the bugs. We were there in early June and the campground was not very busy, we suspect because of the mosquitoes. They were numerous and aggressive. We were careful not to let them in our trailer but we still killed about 50 every night. They buzzed us all night and we were covered with bites. We finally gave up and left early. I'd advise waiting until the bugs are gone (mid-July?) to come to this campground. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
231
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

My favorite campgound. It is not an RV Park but a good state campground with waterfront campsites. New, this year is better cell coverage. Our Verizon cell phones worked well and our "hot spot" also worked but we still had some some problems uploading documents. If you can dry camp, you will be rewarded with a waterfront site where you can launch your kayaks and tie up up a small power boat. I loved swimming right from the camp site. The sites are dirt and uneven so be prepared for some creative leveling as well as parking between and around trees. There is a private website: fishcreek pond.com that describes each site and provides pictures of each site. Be aware that there are 300 plus sites and a narrow 2 way road around the sites that should be one way. We saw a travel trailer connect with a tree and lost their awning. Depending on where you are parked, it can take a half hour to drive through the park to the dump station. Also, although the showers were cleaned regularly the men's showers were scalding hot and made showering an unpleasant experience. The ladies' shower water temperature was okay. Also, the campground does not provide soap, paper towels or hand dryers in the bathrooms. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to the general store just outside the campground. They have ice cream, pizza, subs and just about every camp supply you could think of. Hickock's boat livery will rent canoes and deliver them directly to your site. Ice, ice cream, coffee and firewood trucks go through the campground several times a day and are reasonably priced.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Almost 300 sites ON the water. You cannot beat this place. Large sites. Friendly staff and clean sites, too. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
146
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 200
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

This is a state campground in the Adirondacks. For those in RV's, this is a primitive campground with no amenities; hence the rating of 7. That said, the campsites are beautiful, in the woods, with most campsites by the lakeside. The campground, which is huge, was sparsely occupied, so we had a we had a choice of sites. We found many that would accommodate our 40-foot-RV. We did need leveling boards to get level, but we were tired and did not try very hard to get level by driving back and forth, etc. We would stay here again when we wish to boondock. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We love Fish Creek - this was our 6th visit. It is no-frills; the bathrooms could use refurbishing and some of the old fireplaces are crumbling, but we will continue to go back. We love the bike path, and the kayaking can't be beat. Be sure to do the Rollins Pond loop, or head over to the Raquette River. Here's a little secret - campers at Fish Creek (where the showers take quarters) can go up the road to another campground(where the showers are free). There are ice cream, coffee, wood and ice trucks that make daily loops, music performances and various crafts and guided nature hikes and a playground for the kids. There's also a nice beach and day-use picnic area. Donaldson's Trading Post is on the bike path and has all your basic needs. We've met some of the friendliest people here; it's safe to let your kids run and ride bikes. It would not be summer for us without a trip to Fish Creek! We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here because it was the closest campground to our daughter's 4-H camp in Saranac. It was also within about a 1/2 hour from Lake Placid attractions. There is a nice small grocery store across the street from the campground. Other than that, know that you are in the Adirondacks on twisting winding roads and there are no other stores close by. We had a nice large shaded site. There is a site on the web that shows pictures of each campsite so we knew what our site looked like when we made our reservation. Some sites get more sun than others. Be aware that it is a huge campground and chances are you will have a long drive to the showers that are at the far end. But the shower building was fairly new and clean. There are 2 ponds that the campground circles. We chose a site on the quieter end of the 2 ponds in an attempt to lessen the noise from power boats. Our sites could have had a little more privacy between us and our neighbors with more brush and shrubs. Very family friendly. Just about everyone had a sign on their site with their name and town, which added to the family friendly atmosphere. Road around the park is very narrow. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Tent.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We love this spot. Almost all sites are lake front and we appreciate it a lot. Lake is very nice. If you like a nice quiet spot in the woods - you'll love it. Canoeing, kayaks, hiking, bike path are available. We celebrate the end of school there each year. No electricity, water or sewer. Nights are cool up there so no need for A/C. Only one shower, but very clean and efficient building. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Road was very narrow but everyone took turns pulling over to let you by. There is only one shower house there that I could find and you have to put quarters in for a warm pleasant shower. The loons and owls were beautiful to listen to. Sunrise over the water unbeatable. Bathrooms were tolerable. The boat launch tiny, ask questions if you have a fair sized boat to put in the water. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Tent.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

The previous review cracks me up. We just returned from a glorious two-week stay at Fish Creek, and lost count of how many times we said, "Look, there's another one of those big rigs that can't get in here!" They were everywhere. True, some of the sites would not take 40' motorhomes, but we've never had a problem with our 30' trailer when we book a site that says it can take a 30' unit. The road is a little tight but everyone makes it work, and there are places to turn around (like the dump station, for instance). But enough about that. This place is one of our favorites. Almost all sites are waterfront, the staff is attentive and helpful, the showerhouses are great, the atmosphere is perfect. Bathrooms need work but are functional. Bike path is great; ice, firewood, ice cream, coffee and baked goods trucks come through daily; and there is a nice offering of music and crafts. Frankly, I hope more people do read the previous review and decide to skip FCP; those of us who love it here don't need the competition for the sites! We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great campsite for families with tents and very small campers, but it in NOT a place for either big rigs or 5th wheels. Reservations are made through a central NY service which is outstanding and a very real model. But these folks have never been on site and so do not realize that: 1. Road is VERY narrow with little room to pass anything. 2. There is absolutely no place to turn around 3. It is basically impossible to get anything larger than 20 feet into any site. So large 5th wheels and Class C and A units need to give this great spot a very wide berth indeed. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Our fourth visit here in five years - the best place we've found for kayaking and biking. All but a few sites are right on the lake, which connects to others by a series of streams and is just perfect for kayaking (or jet skis, motor boats, or canoes). The bike path rings the entire campground and is about 5 miles of level, safe biking. Sites are mostly good-sized, some more than others, and can be level or not. Place is tightly-run; although bathrooms could be better they are adequate. Shower houses are good ($.25 for 5 minutes), or go up to Rollins Pond where they are free). Only complaint is the reservation system, which often leaves sites empty but paid for so they are not available to others. Highly recommend this park, and we will be going back. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

A beautiful lake setting, tall pines and white birch trees everywhere. Enjoyed our camping there and absolutely will return again. Restrooms were clean, but just barely. Same with showers. Not the the worst we've ever encountered, but certainly could do with improvement. The park itself was kept clean and litter-free as far as we noticed, although we had to ask 3 times for someone to come and rid our fire pit of the garbage the previous campers had left behind and it never did get done. Staff were pleasant and friendly, as were other campers. The 10pm noise curfew is enforced and seemed everyone just quieted down perfectly all at once. Some lots are very open to one another, but others are spaced out with trees giving privacy between sites. We noticed that they are planting new trees between lots to enhance the privacy. Plenty of activities for the children, notices posted at the restrooms about upcoming events. Definitely recommend it as a great campground, you can't beat the starry nights by the "pond". We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Tent.

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Review Count: 241
States Visited: 51
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This place has to be a fisherman's dream come true. Just about every site is lakeside. Most sites are a little uneven but nothing to complain about. Sites are big & separated enough not to feel crowded in. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Another year and another great experience. This a great Adirondack state campground for those who are willing to forgo all hookups. The waterfront sites and views are beautiful. The sites are large and 305 sites are waterfront. If you enjoy water front activities: swimming, canoing, kayaking, boating, or fishing, this is the campground for you! The night time views of the stars are fantastic. If you bring a motorboat, you can access Upper Sarong Lake through Fish Creek. My teenagers were happy to spend the week without video games or TV and still want to go again next year. We camped at Fish Creek Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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