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Balsam Swamp State Forest, is comprised of Chenango Reforestation Areas # 17 and 34, totaling 2,679 acres. This forest is located in parts of four towns: Pharsalia, Pitcher, McDonough and German. The main attraction of this forest is Balsam Pond. The impoundment is approximately 152 acres and is a popular destination for fishing and paddle boat sports. A small rustic camp ground is also located at Balsam Pond. Camping spaces are available at no cost on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is no running water or electricity. A fire ring, outhouse, and picnic table are provided for each camping space. A sign on Balsam-Tyler Road in Pharsalia designates the entrance to the boat launch and camping facility.