Follow Route 30 south out of Malone, toward Santa Clara, and turn right on Route 458. Follow Route 458 for 1.3 miles and locate the public access site on the left — you'll see an empty DEC signpost.
This is a dirt road that's quite rough in spots. Follow it and the signs for Madawaska Pond — each major intersection is well marked. Continue for 3.25 miles to an unmarked intersection with a secondary dirt road on the right. Drive down this road for 0.1 mile to a small sand pit and park. The road ends at this spot.
At the back of the parking spot there is a path that leads a few hundred feet to the shore.
Canoe and kayak access only.
- This pond is part of the Santa Clara Tract and part of an easement for recreation, like fishing.
- The pond is quite shallow, with a maximum depth of 10 feet, but the fishing is actually decent due to the solid inlet and outlet.
- Use the inlet for cooler waters, where many of the trout seem to be residing.
Always follow state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional DEC office.