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krazyka85 01-26-2019 06:52 PM

Stillwater Resorvoir Tips for Best Checkin Days & Times
Looking for some tips for best checkin days and times for Stillwater Resorvoir during the peak season of July - September to get a decent site. Anyone out there who might be a Stillwater regular over the years and willing to help me out? If you're the type that doesn't like to put out this kind of info or tips on public forums, but still willing to private message me, I would be very greatful! I've never been up there before but it looks like a really nice quiet place that caught my attention last year while up on seventh lake last year.

Typically we like to do 3 night stays either thur - sun or sat - tues. With this place first come first serve, I fear we get all the way up there (3hr drive) and not have a site available when we get there. Any help and tips are greatly appreciated.

Bonus - What is and isn't a "decent" site here???

- Ken

Wldrns 01-26-2019 08:09 PM

I've never seen every site occupied, although if you already have a favorite, it may be a favorite for others as well. IMO, there are very few less than desirable sites that are not "decent". You do know that even if every site is taken (not probable), you are allowed to primitive camp almost anywhere you like as long as it is at least 150 feet from the water or trail and you are environmentally responsible. In mid summer there is lots of sand beach along the shore, and 150 feet is not very far to walk to the beach.

Buckladd 01-29-2019 11:59 AM

We camped on #11 one year, great site with lots of beach. The next year the beach was under water. Like WLDRNS says, seldom are they all taken, and most I've seen are pretty nice. Your Thu-Sun, trip should be OK.

Just know that it's a windy lake by nature, which may be a factor if you're paddling. My buddy also blew the prop on his motor in there because of the stumps.

Wldrns 01-29-2019 01:58 PM


Originally Posted by Buckladd (Post 272776)
My buddy also blew the prop on his motor in there because of the stumps.

Stumps and gravel shoals. if you watch an experienced local with a powerboat leave the launch heading down the length of the reservoir, you will notice them making odd sinuous zig zag turns. There are maps available showing the path of safe travel. Not usually a problem when paddling, but those dark submerged stumps can come quickly and frighteningly upon you.

Wind... I have been windbound for more than a day on the far end. It wasn't a problem because my wife was well aware that can happen. There are cases where hunters have died out there, even with a motorboat when in big wind, high waves and late season cold water.

More often than not I have gone out in relatively calm (cloudy/rainy) conditions, then when it was time to return clear blue skies and strong wind from the west kicked up big waves along the length of the reservoir. Be prepared and stay close to shore.

Schultzz 01-29-2019 10:36 PM

Get a map and a good fish finder and chat with some anglers who are there. When you find the fish don't tell us where you found them. Droughts play havoc with water levels.

Camper55 02-04-2019 10:27 PM

I've been up alot to Stillwater. It's one of my favorite places. 1st of all if your planning on going up plan for the middle of the week. If you get there on Friday you might have to look around to find a spot. There is 1 Lean-to up by Trout pond that is nice. Twin Pine Island is really nice. Always wanted to try loon lake but our boat was to big to get thru the channel, Have a Canoe now so want to try soon. You can't go wrong at Stillwater. Good Luck

DSettahr 02-05-2019 07:30 AM

In addition to the information shared above- if you're able to stop by the Norridgewock for dinner, you should definitely do so. Plus it's neat spending an hour or so walking around an Adirondack town that is not connected to the outside world by road.

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