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Old 06-15-2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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Putnam Pond Question

Hi everyone, can anyone give me info on camping at Putnam Pond in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness? I know there is a state campground there, but I'd like to launch my canoe and paddle to a more remote spot.

I was looking at the map and it seems like the southern part of the pond is a little off the beaten path, and while I know I'd have to be 150 feet off shore to camp, are there any good places by the water to hang out? Has anyone ever been to the island down there?

I searched the forum but didn't find any answers to these questions, so any information anyone has would be very helpful. It's going to be a gorgeous weekend so I hope I'm not the only one getting out there to enjoy the weather.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:07 PM   #2
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Putnam Pond itself is still part of the campground. There are remote sites on the pond (including I think 1 site on one of the islands) that are part of the campground, so you have to pay to use them and reservations may be necessary. You can view a map of the interior site locations on the pond here.

If you're willing to carry, you could portage to Clear or Rock Ponds and stay at one of the interior sites there- these are backcountry sites so the normal rules apply (first-come, first-serve, 9 people to a site, 3 night stay, etc.). Clear Pond has 1 lean-to and 1 designated tent site; Rock Pond has 2 lean-tos (technically one is on Little Rock Pond) and 3 designated tent sites.
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:37 PM   #3
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Are the trails from Putnam to the other ponds cartable?
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:21 PM   #4
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All the trails in the area are pretty rocky, so I would say that generally, any of them will be slow going with a cart. The one that leads directly to Clear Pond is short, so it is probably doable with a portage cart with patience... but then again, since it is short, it would probably be just as easy to carry.

The trail that connects Clear to Rock Pond gains a lot of elevation in addition to being rocky, and I would definitely only attempt it with a relatively light weight boat. There is also some decent elevation gain between North Pond (off of Putnam Pond) and Little Rock Pond.

If you do have a light weight canoe, though (Hornbeck or similar), the Putnam/Rock/Clear Ponds loop is a nice trip and is worth doing as a day trip. I've done it a couple of times with a Placid Boatworks canoe.
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:50 PM   #5
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Hardly a "wilderness" but have fun!
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:48 PM   #6
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Did a day trip last week no sites occupied at Clear or Rock Pond
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