Five Ponds Wilderness - Oswegatchie River Campsites

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Backcountry camping along the wild and scenic Oswegatchie River offers a wealth of recreational opportunities from paddling, hiking, birding and wildlife viewing to simple relaxation. The 107,230-acre Five Ponds Wilderness area lies between Cranberry Lake on the north, Bog River Flow on the east and Stillwater Reservoir on the south, and contains some of the most remote wilderness in the Adirondack Park.

The sylvan, primitive campsites found along the Oswegatchie River are surrounded by tall hemlock, spruce, and balsam fir. Adventurous explorers may paddle to the southwestern end of Bog River Flow, follow a 3.5 mile canoe carry and travel downstream on the Oswegatchie River to Inlet. Several hiking trails are also accessible from points along the river, such as the Moore Trail which follows the banks past beautiful rapids with many cataracts and pools almost continually in sight. The High Falls Loop Trail has long been a focal point of hikers in the area.

For your safety, backcountry camping for more than three nights, or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping at designated sites in the backcountry is done on a first come, first served basis. There is no reservation system for these primitive campsites. Campsites in popular areas fill up quickly on weekends so plan accordingly. Please observe all State Land camping and hiking rules and, to learn more about backcountry camping, visit

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