PLEASE NOTE: Emmons Pond Bog is open during hunting season (Oct 1 - Dec 22) to archery/crossbow only. Written permission is required to hunt on Conservancy lands. To learn about our hunting program or to obtain permission to hunt, please visit our New York hunting information page.
A pretty view awaits visitors to Emmons Pond Bog. The history of the pond and bog dates back 11,000 years when the retreat of the last glacier left a depression that was soon filled with water.
From the trail, a somber and striking view – blackbirds, frogs, perhaps a few flowers, dead trees, resulting from beaver activity that raised the water level. The rising water did no damage to the floating bog but killed many trees around it, including the poplars, the beavers’ principal source of food. The resulting lack of food caused the beavers to abandon this site.