Five Ponds Wilderness Area

Bordering the southern portion of Cranberry Lake, the 107,230-acres Five Ponds Wilderness Area is home to numerous Brook Trout ponds!  A network of well-marked trails throughout the wilderness leads anglers to these waters, which promise a remote experience for Brookies. Opportunities exist for wild, stocked, and holdover trout. These trout are accessible to anglers who are willing to do some hiking and to carry in a canoe or inflatable raft. Among the brook-trout-holding ponds are Cat Mountain, Clear (Hedgehog), Cowhorn, Darning Needle, Fishpole, Glasby, Nicks, Olmstead, Simmons, and Spectacle. Anglers will find lean-tos and designated camping areas throughout the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. A free DEC brochure, “Trails in the Cranberry Lake Region,” provides details on pond locations, trails, hiking distances, and camping opportunities.

Grass Pond offers a unique experience in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area because the pond is accessible via water. Anglers can reach Grass Pond by canoeing the Bog River and Lows Lake. The 122-acre pond has native Brook Trout, and catching a wild Brook Trout is the essence of an Adirondack wilderness experience!

Grass Pond has five designated campsites on its shoreline. A free DEC brochure, “Bog River Flow,” provides more detailed information about Grass Pond and surrounding waters.

Water Type

Brook Trout Ponds

Species Available


Fishing Seasons

Fall Spring Summer