Camping at Horseshoe Lake, Aug 12
in Northern Adirondacks


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Horseshoe Lake is located on South Eastern Saint Lawrence County, on a dead end state highway, NY 421, a spur from NY 30 South of Tupper Lake. It offers 6 campsites scattered along the lake, with 6 others on nearby roads. It is also near the Bog River Flow Canoe/Kayak Area. Don’t expect to get a campsite on the lake in the afternoon, but the sites along the truck trail are rarely used.

Six Miles to Horseshoe Lake. This is the turn off for NY 421, one of the strangest state highways in the state. It is a dead ended highway, that leads to gravel roads around Horseshoe Lake and Bog River Flow. It is very twisty and narrow, and portions have not been resurfaced in over 50 years.

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Six Miles to Horseshoe Lake at Horseshoe Lake on August 12, 2010

After The Pavement Runs Out. About a two miles from the paved end of NY 421, I camped. This is first thing in the morning, with the sun shining down from the wetlands near where I camped.

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After The Pavement Runs Out at Horseshoe Lake on August 13, 2010

Campsite No 9. This is Campsite No 9 at Horseshoe Lake, on an Unnamed Adirondack Park Road, about two miles from the end of NY 421/Paved. I could not get site on the lake, arriving at 5 PM at night, but it’s still a nice campsite. This area of Saint Lawrence County is so remote, only 2 big pickup trucks, and logging truck passed by in the 12 or so hours I was there.

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Campsite No 9 at Horseshoe Lake on August 13, 2010

Not Fancy Campsite. By no means was Campsite No 9 on the Unnamed Road, particularly fancy. But it provided a place to camp, and was a three minute drive down to the lake. I could have gotten a spot on Horseshoe Lake most likely had I arrived in the morning, as it seemed like campsites tended to clear out in the morning.

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Not Fancy Campsite at Horseshoe Lake on August 13, 2010

Road Crosses Railroad Tracks. This is where the weird hair-pin turn appears on maps at the end of NY 421. I’m not sure why it follows this route, as the terrain is flat, but maybe at one time there was an inholding or private home located in here.

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Road Crosses Railroad Tracks at Horseshoe Lake on August 13, 2010

Horseshoe Lake in Morning. Heading swimming in a couple of minutes. The water was real nice.

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Horseshoe Lake in Morning at Horseshoe Lake on August 13, 2010

Cowboy Hat, Swimming Trunks, Work Boots. Not that you could get the total picture from this image. But the cowboy hat and work boots came off before the dip. A real country boy thing.

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Cowboy Hat, Swimming Trunks, Work Boots. at Horseshoe Lake on August 13, 2010

Unnamed Dirt Road. This is the road that goes from Horseshoe Lake to Mount Arab / Piercefield.

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Unnamed Dirt Road at Horseshoe Lake on August 13, 2010

Wetlands Along Horseshoe Lake. This is about a mile after the pavement runs out on NY 421, just after the Bog River Flow / Lower Lows Dam Road turn-off

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Wetlands Along Horseshoe Lake at Horseshoe Lake on August 13, 2010

Here is a map of where I camped, on the truck trail, west of Horseshoe Lake.


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