McKenzie Mountain Wilderness

The McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area, an Adirondack Park unit of the Forest Preserve, lies in western Essex County in the towns of St. Armand, North Elba and Wilmington. In general, the Saranac River and Franklin Falls Reservoir border on the north; the Wilmington-Franklin Falls road, the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway and the west branch of the Ausable River form the eastern boundary; the Saranac Lake-Lake Placid Road, NY 86, forms the southern boundary; and the Saranac River forms the western boundary.

It contains eight bodies of water covering 28 acres (11 ha), 14.2 miles (22.8 km) of foot trails, and one lean-to.

McKenzie Mountain, sometimes referred to as Saddleback, and Moose Mountain, sometimes called St. Armand Mountain, dominate the topographical features of the area.
McKenzie Pond, from which the village of Saranac Lake obtains its water supply, forms part of the boundary on the west side as does Moose Pond, but few ponds are encompassed within the boundaries of this area. Bartlett Pond, lying at about 2,800 feet (853 m) altitude on the southeast side of McKenzie Mountain, and Loch Bonnie which is at about 2,900 feet (884 m) altitude on the southeast side of Moose Mountain are, however, in the wilderness.

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Map: Moose Pond

Map: Moose Pond

Physical Characteristics:

Elevation: 1,548 feet
Area: 140 acres
Max Depth: 71 feet
Mean Depth: ~28.5 feet
Thermocline: ~12 feet
Town: St. Armand

Access:
The DEC operates a small boat launch that is steep and may be difficult for large boats to use. Located off Route 3 at the Village of Bloomingdale. Franklin Falls Road/River Road to the dead end on Moose Pond Road. Parking for around 20 cars is available.

Fish Species:
Lake trout, brook trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, brown bullhead, and smallmouth bass.

Fisheries Management:
Moose Pond is stocked annually with rainbow trout and landlocked salmon. Brood stock salmon are also stocked some years and provide an excellent early season opportunity. Fly fishing for rainbow trout can also be great in early spring, just don't be surprised if you catch a lot of smallmouth bass as well. The pond is known to produce some large natural lake trout.

Regulations:
Special Fishing Regulations apply. Ice fishing is prohibited.

Map: McKenzie Mountain Wilderness

Map: McKenzie Mountain Wilderness

The McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area, an Adirondack Park unit of the Forest Preserve, lies in western Essex County in the towns of St. Armand, North Elba and Wilmington. In general, the Saranac River and Franklin Falls Reservoir border on the north; the Wilmington-Franklin Falls road, the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway and the west branch of the Ausable River form the eastern boundary; the Saranac Lake-Lake Placid Road, NY 86, forms the southern boundary; and the Saranac River forms the western boundary.

It contains eight bodies of water covering 28 acres (11 ha), 14.2 miles (22.8 km) of foot trails, and one lean-to.

McKenzie Mountain, sometimes referred to as Saddleback, and Moose Mountain, sometimes called St. Armand Mountain, dominate the topographical features of the area.
McKenzie Pond, from which the village of Saranac Lake obtains its water supply, forms part of the boundary on the west side as does Moose Pond, but few ponds are encompassed within the boundaries of this area. Bartlett Pond, lying at about 2,800 feet (853 m) altitude on the southeast side of McKenzie Mountain, and Loch Bonnie which is at about 2,900 feet (884 m) altitude on the southeast side of Moose Mountain are, however, in the wilderness.