The Stony Creek Ponds, also called the Spectacle Ponds, are part of the historic canoe route from Saranac Lake via the Saranac River to the Raquette River and Old Forge. The Indian Carry, a one-mile portage between the two river systems, ends at the northernmost of the ponds. Via the ponds and the Stony Creek it is about three miles south to the Racquette.
From Seneca Ray Stoddard's 1908 The Adirondacks, Illustrated
Stony Creek Ponds are three in number. The first and third are small; the middle one about a mile the longest way. Stony Creek, applied to the outlet of the Ponds, is a misnomer. It is about three miles long, sluggish, winding, and difficult of navigation, making it advisable to continue by road 2 miles from the Hiawatha House to Axton, a little below where Stony Creek enters the Raquette River. Axton is the outgrowth of the lumbering operations of Dodge, Meigs & Co. The draw-over from Saranac Lake to this point is $1.25 for boat and luggage. For 1, 2 or 3 passengers $1.50, and 50 cents for each additional portion.