Big Pond in the Catskills. Fishing, Paddling, and Camping.

Image of Chris casting a fly near the marshy area of the pond
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Located in the Catskill Mountains “Lake Region” and Delaware Wild Forest, Big Pond has a lot to offer the paddler, fisherman, hiker, and camper. This 51-acre sheet of water is primarily deep water providing the coldness needed for trout and other cold-water fish. However, several shallow areas provide a home to some of the lake’s warm water species with rooted aquatic vegetation limited to the shoreline. In addition, there is a lovely marsh at the northern end of the pond.

With many primitive campsites in the area, some right on the pond, both the hiker hiking the Touch-Me-Not Trail and the paddler can find space to put in for the night and enjoy the water. Big Pond is home to many fish, including American Eel, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, Golden Shiner, White Sucker, Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch. You can find specific fishing regulations for Big Pond at the NYSDEC website in its Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide.

Even though the pond is remote, it receives a good amount of fishing pressure, so don’t be disappointed with a tough day fishing. But enjoying the surroundings will make up for any shortfalls of fish in your cooler. In fact, northeast of the lake boasts excellent views of the Barkaboom Range and to the west Touch-Me-Not Mountain. However, beware that any direction you take Big Pond takes you through some of Catskill’s most remote areas. Given this, cell service is poor.

Note: the path to the hand launch is rocky and rooted with a small but steep drop, be prepared to carry your boat to the shore. Electric motors are permitted.

Lake parking

DEC cartop launch at the southwest end of the lake off Big Pond Road (Barkaboom Road). It is about 200-300 feet to the launch from the parking area.

Parking: 42.043430°N, 74.727657°W (Google Maps)

Images

Image of Parking area at Big Pond in the Catskills
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Main Parking area at Big Pond in the Catskills
Image of view from parking looking at pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Looking at the pond from the parking area
Image of the hand launch and Chris paddling on Big Pond with the Barkaboom Mountain Range in the rear
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Hand launch and Chris paddling on Big Pond with the Barkaboom Mountain Range in the rear
Image of the pond outlet and dam
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Pond outlet and dam
Image looking back at the pond outlet and hand launch area from the pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Looking back at the pond outlet and hand launch area
Image of Chris casting a fly near the marshy area of the pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Chris casting a fly near the marshy area of the pond

Related post: Alder Lake Loop in the Catskills. Fishing Brook Trout.

Image looking back across the pond toward the parking area with an unnamed hill and the ridge of Mongaup Mountain behind
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Looking back across the pond toward the parking area with an unnamed hill and the ridge of Mongaup Mountain behind
Image of a Bass swimming below my Kayak
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking An undersized Bass swimming below my Kayak
Image of Beaver lodge showing the extensive underwater section
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Beaver lodge showing the extensive underwater section extending to my kayak!
Image of Chris fishing from his kayak on the pond with Touch-Me-Not Mountain in the rear
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Chris fishing with Touch-Me-Not Mountain in the rear
Image of Chris with his first Bass of the season
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Chris with his first Bass of the season; too early to small.

DEC contact and other information

Delaware Wild Forest
Contact Information:DEC Region 4 Stamford
Office hours: M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Phone: (607) 652-7365;
Email: r4.ump@dec.ny.gov
Backcountry Emergency: (Search, Rescue & Forest Fire): 518-408-5850 or dial 911
Location: Towns of Colchester and Andes, Delaware County
Map: View Delaware Wild Forest Map - PDF (2.82 MB)
Amenities:Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as gas, food, and other supplies, may be found in the communities of Andes, Walton, Downsville, and Margaretville.

Weather for Big Pond

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Map of Big Pond

Get the depth chart for Big Pond here (PDF) or an interactive topo map here.

Map of Big Pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Map of Big Pond
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