The Cure Porch on Wheels went to Fish Creek Pond on Friday! From 10:00 - 5:00 visitors were invited to explore the Porch, learn about local history, and share their favorite Fish Creek camping story on the Story Phone. Click the button above to listen to the stories shared on the Story Phone!
Fish Creek was opened by the Conservation Commission back in 1920. The original camp had a half dozen fireplaces covering approximately 1/4 of an acre.
In 1926, 20 more tent sites were established, along with sanitary facilities and a well. These campsites were open to the public free of charge. By 1928 the campground had quadrupled in size.
In the mid 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps (a New Deal public work relief program) established a camp at fish creek, where workers cleaned and maintained the existing campsites, and built hundreds more.
The creation of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America in the early 20th Century helped popularize recreational camping. Societal changes from the Industrial Revolution left many Americans craving more contact with nature. Recreational camping was considered a healthy escape from a busy, urban life. For large families, it was the most cost-effective way to experience rural America.
Listen to messages on the Story Phone!
Click the play button above to listen to a random story from August 5, 2019 at Donnelly's Ice Cream.
Fish Creek Campground was soaring in popularity. In 1936, 61,525 people visited the campground.
Rollins Pond was opened in 1951, to keep up with the ever increasing demand for campsites. Just a year later, a $0.50 camping fee was instituted at Fish Creek.
A summer in the 1960s would see dozens of cars lined up down the road, waiting for sites to be vacated. Visitors from the ‘60s remember waiting days to be let into the campground.
In the late 1960s, the large natural beach (where sites 67-77 are today) was relocated to current location. During the years of the old beach, Roger and Minnie Hickok operated a boat livery service. After the beach was moved, the Hickocks acquired their current property and opened a marina.
Fish Creek Campground is visited by over a hundred thousand campers every year. Many Saranac Lake locals first came to the area because of the beautiful waterfront campsites at Fish Creek.