From the gate near the parking area, walk back down the road slightly to an area where a couple of cars could park on the left. There is a portage trail here that leads to the shore of the pond, where there is an amazing vista across the water that includes Whiteface Mountain.
From the intersection of state Route 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 2.9 miles and turn left onto Connery Pond Road. Drive 1 mile down Connery Pond Road to the trailhead parking for Whiteface Landing and park.
Round Trip Distance
Average Round-trip Time
Family with kids: 30 minutes
Experienced hiker: 30 minutes
Inexperienced hiker: 30 minutes
The carry is a bit narrow with odd footing, but is a short distance where conditions are less of an issue. A boat that drafts less water can be put in at the outlet, part way up the carry trail, but it is typically to shallow especially in the fall of the year. The launch area at the outlet can be very wet where careful footing is needed, on a good note it can be loaded with wild cranberries.
A short 1 minute carry puts you on the grassy shore of Connery Pond with spectacular views of Whiteface Mountain. You'll be hard pressed to keep totally dry as the last 40' of the carry is across the wet sandy shore.
While out on the lake be sure to look for great blue herons fishing in the grassy shallows and red winged blackbirds at the north shore. There is typically a large duck population on this pond and moose tracks have been seen along shore. Loons frequent the water but be sure to give them their space, especially if a nest is nearby.
At the northern end of the lake there is an outlet for Long Pond. Once you find the outlet there is a very obscure carry of about 0.2 miles to this very remote, shallow body of water. The carry is on the east side of the outlet.
Size in length:
Roughly 0.7 miles from launch to NE shore
0.6 miles to Long Pond Carry
How to get there:
From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for just under 3-miles to the Connery Pond Road (dirt) on the left. Drive to the end (0.75 miles). You will see the Connery Pond carry on your right and a small 2 car parking area next to it. You'll find other pull offs along the road, some on public land and some not. Please respect any private property.
Type of launch:
Short carry of less than 0.25 miles
Type of water:
Flat with mostly calm conditions, no motor boats
Just outside the village of Lake Placid, quiet Connery Pond will offer you a wilderness experience without a huge hike, and some nice brown trout to boot. This 81-acre pond located in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area and the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is listed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as one of Essex County’s top brown trout waters.
This year, the state stocked over 1,000 8- to 9-inch browns in Connery’s waters. You’ll also find splake, yellow perch, sunfish and pumpkinseed. Access is by a trail on the north shore along Connery Pond Road, with a carry-down launch; motors are not allowed.
This 81-acre pond just off Rt. 86 is one of the first available waters for ice fishermen in the High Peaks. And it’s a good one. In addition to the brown trout stocked here by DEC, the state has in the past also planted splake – a lake trout/brook trout hybrid known for their cooperation through the ice. The yellow perch fishery has come on strong in recent years and has offered good fishing during the open water and hard water seasons.
Access is via a private road, unless it’s snow covered – then a half-mile hike awaits. Lands on the south and west are private, but you can access the pond near the outlet (just be careful of the ice thickness near the outlet).