Balsam Pond boat launch area lowered for improvement.

DEC Lowered Balsam Pond for Improvements

This week in Chenango County near the hamlet of McDonough the Department of Environmental Conservation lowered Balsam Pond, located in the Balsam Swamp State Forest, three feet. According to the N.Y.S. D.E.C., the public campground, boat launch and day use area at Balsam Pond will be upgraded to improve safety, protect water quality and provide accessibility for people with disabilities. A new regulation is proposed to restrict motors in excess of 25 horsepower from Balsam Pond.

Balsam Pond is a small pond, but it is a great fishing area for summer and winter with several species of fish. Due to tree stumps along shorelines (north-end and eastern) large mouth bass are provided with good cover.

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Anonymous says ... on Thursday, May 19 at 6:10 PM

is the area open for use....kayaking? how long will the improvements take?

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tschopfer says ... on Thursday, May 19 at 9:01 PM

It is open for use, for hand launching boats. Unsure of how long it will take to finish the project(s). Before going you can call the fishing hotline at (607)753-1551 or contact Jim Everard for information at

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dachlady says ... on Friday, May 20 at 6:32 AM

thanks for the is one of my favorite places for a quick kayak...esp when the water iris bloom...

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Kaplan says ... on Friday, May 20 at 11:51 PM

I don't think there will be fish in that pond pretty soon, the drilling chemicals will destroy that :/

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ghackett says ... on Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00 PM

I fish this pond every wknd and the fish are still biting great and you can still back your boat in without much hasel!! I cant wait for the new launch to be done!!!

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