SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Fall paddle: Connery Pond to Long Pond

Kilburn from Connery Pond (Photo provided)

The carry is a bit narrow with odd footing, but is a short distance (0.25 miles) where conditions really don’t matter unless you are carrying a Viking ship.

A boat that drafts less water can be put in at the outlet, part way up the carry trail, but it is typically too shallow especially in the fall of the year. The launch area at the outlet can be very wet and a bit mushy but on an awesome note, it can be loaded with wild cranberries.

The waters

One of the nice things about Connery and Long ponds is their gentle demeanor. Sure they can get some waves from time to time but the waters are generally calm and relaxing. The views from the ponds are absolutely breathtaking as well, you will surely return.

While out on the lake be sure to look for great blue herons fishing in the grassy shallows and red winged blackbirds at the north shore. There is typically a large duck population on this pond and moose tracks have been seen along shore. Loons frequent the water but please give them their space, they could be nesting nearby, and it’s just the proper thing to do.

Long Pond optional side trip

At the northern end of the lake there is an outlet for Long Pond. Once you find the outlet there is a very obscure carry of about 0.2 miles to this very remote, shallow body of water. The carry is on the east side of the outlet, you will most likely need a map to locate it along the shore, but once on it, it’s easy enough to follow. This obscure carry I mention is about 0.6 miles from the launch on Connery Pond. The shore is very rocky, so if you have a boat that is a bit more delicate be sure to watch for the bumps.

How to get there

From the intersection of state routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for just under 3-miles to the Connery Pond Road (dirt) on the left. Drive to the end (0.75 miles) to the parking for Whiteface Landing. The short carry trail to Connery Pond is just prior to the chain gate on the west side of the outlet.