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Kamp Kiwanis Pond

canoes on pond

The picture at right shows Kampers paddling canoes on the pond during the 2003 Kamp season.

The pond once served as an old swimming hole at the Kamp, but for the past 30 years swimming has taken place in the in-ground pool on the lower level.

The plaque below notes that the pond was dedicated as Lake Janis in 2000 in memory of former First Lady Janis Calabrese.

The pond is now a focus of some of the greatest adventures the Kamp offers. It is used for canoe practice in preparation for the trip down the Mohawk River, for paddle boat fun during free time, and for fishing. You also can view a short video of activity at the pond during the 2003 Kamping season. Lake Janis

How's fishing here? Just great! The pond is drained each fall and then re-filled in the spring, fed with very cold water from fresh-water springs - just what trout like. Each year a few weeks before Kamp opens, the pond is stocked with brown trout to insure that every young camper can go home and brag about the huge fish they caught and the bigger ones that got away.

At the end of the summer, the fish are released to grow bigger and to be caught again another day by another young angler. The railing on the dam is designed so that it can be removed to make it easier for those in a wheelchair to use fishing poles.

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Shown at left is a picture of the path across the dam. (Pictures with a blue frame can be viewed larger by clicking on them.)


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The fishing dock shown above was built before the 2007 kamping season to make it easier for kampers to fish in the pond.

Dam picture

Above is a picture showing the pond when it is drained. At right is a picture of the stream carrying water away from the pond area. Downstream from the pond there is a beautiful stream which winds through the woodlands. Eventually the water from here ends up in the Erie Canal and then on to Oneida Lake. canoes

Dam picture