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Pitchfork Pond- Tupper Lake NY

Posted by Bill Hill,
North Country explorer from Edwards NY
June 14, 2020

We had a short but enjoyable social distancing paddle over the weekend. This one was at the 35-acre Pitchfork Pond, Tupper Lake NY. Depending on the map you look at, it’s either on the Kildare Road or the Willis Pond Rd. The Pond Lies just east of Mount Matumbla and at one time was home to “the other” Childwold Station. I refer to it as the other because there was another Childwold Station near Conifer and Mt Arab which I have been familiar with for some time. The railroad station of the same name near Pitchfork Pond has just recently found its way onto my radar.
The forecast was for high 60’s and mostly sunny, but dark, dreary, and 53 degrees is what we got (still beats sitting on the couch though). We did enjoy several visits with the pair of loons that call the pond home for the summer months. Another nice find was plenty of Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia purpurea). There were plenty of seed pods standing above the pitcher plants.
This is a short paddle, only about 1.5-miles around the pond, but still very enjoyable despite the unseasonably cool weather. My wife has been having a bit of a shoulder issue, so we are doing some shorter paddles until that’s feeling better. The only people we saw were a pair of young men fishing for perch along the road.


Jodi Fox

Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing.