From the state boat launch you will have an extended open water paddling session as you cross the large body of water to reach the Osgood River. During windy conditions this can be a tough paddle, but on a calm day the pond is pristine.
From the northern launch site, which is much more scenic and is preferred for paddling, the launch is brook side over the guard rail. The launch is narrow but shallow. Once in the brook it is plenty deep enough for travel and the current slowly brings you to Osgood Pond. There is a hard left into the pond, where windy conditions can make it difficult to reach the open water.
Once on the open water the river is straight ahead at the site of the White Pine Camp. Paddling across the river can be tough in windy conditions, but once you are in the narrower portions of the river the wind is broken up.
The river can be traveled downstream through breathtaking groves of fragrant water lilies and pickerel weed. You will be carried downstream for quite some time. There is an amazing camping area on the right about a 1/2 mile from the end of paddling route. The river portion is roughly 2.75 miles in length.
Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length: Osgood Pond: 6.75 miles
How to get there: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue for around 12.5-miles to White Pine Road on the right. Follow White Pine Road for 0.3 miles to the state launch site on the left.
Continue for another 1.2 miles to the northern launch are on the left. Parking is located roadside near the bridge.
Type of launch: Both are roadside
Portage/Carry Details: Less than 100 feet, hard dirt surface
Type of water: Osgood Pond: Well sheltered, calm and flat, can get windy and produce waves, motorboats are allowed on Osgood Pond, Osgood River: Well sheltered, calm and flat, can be windy in spots but not too bad, very calm current heading north.
The river is not accessible for motorboats