Basswood Pond State Forest offers varied outdoor recreational opportunities. The pond site is handicapped accessible with a paved path to the water's edge. A pit toilet is available.
Basswood Pond is managed for both warm and cold water species, with trout fishing the most popular. It is stocked annually with approximately 350 brown trout (8-15" in length) and 100 rainbow trout (8-10" in length). A fishing dock is located on the southwest corner of the pond. Ice fishing and the use of baitfish is prohibited.
From the village of Burlington on State Highway 80, take County Highway 16 north 1.4 miles to Basswood Road and turn left. The southern trailhead parking area is 1.5 miles on the right. For the picnic area and pond, continue on Basswood Road to Conservation Road and turn right. Basswood Pond and the trailhead parking area are on the right at 2.9 miles.
In the winter, Jacobs Road may be the only access. From State Highway 80, continue on County Highway 16 past Basswood Road and turn left on Jacobs Road at 2 miles. The trailhead parking area is on the north side of Jacobs Road, 1.2 miles from County Highway 16.
The trails in Basswood Pond State Forest are maintained by the Otsego County Conservation Association. The ones around Basswood Pond are relatively easy hiking, on level and gentle grades. Those north of Jacobs Road are somewhat steeper, but none are of more than moderate ability.
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