Tubbs Pond in the Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area

Tubbs Pond from the parking area
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Tubbs Pond is a lovely 15-acre sheet of water located in Albany County on the Helderberg Escarpment in the Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area. It is one of a dozen ponds in this Wildlife Management Area. Elevation of the Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area is between 1600 to 1900 feet, and winter is long. The NYSDEC added the Wildlife Management Area to designated as part of the Helderberg Bird Conservation Area; therefore, if fishing the pond take time to do some birding – bring your field glasses! On the day I was there, a Great Blue Heron flew out of the marsh. A good omen for the angler is the heron prowling bodies of water with good feeding, and their favorite food is fish.

The angler will find warm water species in the shallow pond, including pickerel, bass, yellow perch, bullhead, and sunfish. The pond has quite a bit of vegetation, so top or shallow lures are best. Fishing is allowed year-round. At the pond’s northern end sits a beautiful marshy area home to many birds and amphibians. Paddle to the marsh and listen and watch all the activities nature has to offer.

The parking area at the end of Tubbs Pond Road (a truck/gravel road) has space for about eight cars. From the parking area, you’ll carry your boat a few hundred feet to the dock. The way to the pier may be pretty wet. The Long Path crosses near the outlet of the pond. As Tubbs Pond is in the Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area, there is no camping, swimming, bathing, or motors on boats.

See the link to the NYSDEC at the bottom of the page for all WMA restrictions. You can also find specific fishing regulations for Tubbs Pond at the NYSDEC website in its Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide.

Parking/directions to Tubbs Pond

The parking area is at the end of Tubbs Pond Road. Tubbs Pond Road is off Sickle Hill and Fawn Pond Roads. See on Google Maps.

Pictures of Tubbs Pond

Tubbs Pond Road sign
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Tubbs Pond from the parking area
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Tubbs Pond from the parking area
Long Path blazing at Tubbs Pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Long Path blazing at Tubbs Pond
Kayak before launching at Tubbs Pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Kayak before launching at Tubbs Pond
Looking back to spillway and parking area
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Looking back to spillway and parking area
Paddling on Tubbs Pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Paddling on Tubbs Pond
Gorgeous vegetation on Tubbs Pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Gorgeous vegetation on Tubbs Pond
Sun dropping over the hemlocks
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Sun dropping over the hemlocks
In the marsh looking toward the hemlocks
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking In the marsh looking toward the hemlocks
View back to dock from marsh
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking View back to dock from marsh
Pickerel caught at Tubbs Pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Pickerel caught at Tubbs Pond

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Tubbs Pond
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