On June 8th I celebrated my 43rd birthday. The weather was absolutely perfect and our original plan was to travel to the Adirondack Park to kayak. Thankfully at the last minute I remembered it is still black fly season in the Adirondack’s. We quickly changed our paddling plans and decided to stay a little closer to home.
Kayaks loaded in and onto the family truxster we threaded our way 30 miles north to Smithville Flats, NY launching our boats on the 114 acre Long Pond which is nestled into the 3,250 acre Long Pond State Forest. Long Pond is 1.13 miles long with a maximum depth of 15 feet. It boasts some amazing fishing of Chain pickerel, largemouth bass and tiger musky are the main gamefish found in the pond. Black crappie, yellow perch, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish can also be found in the pond. Long Pond is a very popular ice fishing location. Long Pond also has primitive camping sites. Several years ago my oldest son and I camped here.
Taking in the serenity of Long Pond our two sons were having the time of their life, splashing one another so much you could have wrung them like sponges. Their symphony of pirate songs echoing off the small rolling hills surrounding this treasure tucked into Chenango County. We plan on returning to Long Pond to camp and night kayak later on this summer. In closing it was a wonderful way to spend my birthday!