Raquette River

Paddling the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks is not-for-lacking on open water and a peaceful day in the comfort of your boat. The region is not only dotted with numerous small ponds to explore, but miles and miles of rivers as well as some of the largest lakes in the park.

Adirondack Facts and Figures

The Adirondack Park is over 6 million acres in size broken up between public (state) and private land. Within those 6 million acres are over 2,300 ponds and lakes, 1,500 miles of rivers, and well over 30,000 miles of streams and brooks; the Central Adirondacks is home to many of them.

Large Lakes

Lake Pleasant, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake — sure, they are names of towns, but they are also the names of the lakes that represent these towns. There's also the Fulton Chain of Lakes, which is a chain of eight lakes located on the western edge of the county. Then you can step down to smaller lakes like Limekiln, Utowana, Eagle, Durrant, and Abanakee if you want a bit of a different outing. No matter your choice or destination, you will have an unforgettable paddling experience in the Adirondacks.

Backcountry Ponds

Backcountry ponds are the gems of Hamilton County. They break up the landscape of our fabulous mountains and rolling hills. While some of our backcountry ponds are found along a scenic backcountry road, many need to be walked to. Portaging is a familiar activity for flatwater paddlers who want to get out and away from motorboats and crowds. Portaging can also be an exhausting activity, but it's worth every step. A lighter boat is a simple solution, but so is a cart for your canoe or kayak. Start with a short portage like South Pond, then make a longer trek to Rock Lake or Sprague Pond. If you want to really want to adventurous, stretch yourself and try something like Upper Sargent Pond. The choices are only limited by your imagination!

Meandering Rivers

Miles and miles of slow-moving rivers, outlets, inlets, streams, and waterways await your visit. Nothing offers more beauty than our rivers. The narrow waterways of the Marion River, Kunjamuk River, Browns Tract Inlet, and the Raquette River are just a few examples of where you can clear your mind. Our rivers are lined with wildflowers and birding opportunities. Witness a belted king fisher coasting along the shore in search of food for its young, or an otter playing hide and seek with you in an eddy of the Raquette River. Experience the curiosity of what's around that next oxbow and feel the satisfaction of finally seeing it. Our rivers are our waterways to adventure, splendor, scenery, seclusion, and relaxation.

When your daily routine needs to be forgotten, visit the Adirondacks, float in a lake with loons, coast through a marsh with a great blue heron, or just bask in the quiet of a slow-moving river and let the smells and colors of the wild flowers take you away.

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Blue Mountain Lake

Blue Mountain Lake is one very large lake, with some outstanding features, many dotted islands, and a heavy loon population.
Blue Mountain Lake

Big Bay

Big Bay is simply a widening of the Piseco Outlet. This widening, however, not only gets you access to Piseco Lake, it is an excellent paddling destination in itself for a relaxing paddle and some birding opportunities.
Piseco

Raquette Lake

Approximate 99 miles of shoreline, 19 islands and "Adirondack Great Camp Architecture" makes Raquette Lake a body of water with endless opportunities to explore.
Raquette Lake

Long Lake | Paddling

The prevailing west to east winds are usually to your back on this 14-mile "long" lake. There are a number of campsites and leantos on state land along the eastern shore, north of Long Lake Village.
Long Lake

Shaw Pond

Shaw Pong in Long Lake makes for nice birding and exploring. The many fingers and think vegetation of this pond make for great wildlife watching.
Long Lake

Jennings Park Pond

Jennings Park Pond is a great location for a quiet paddle in Long Lake. Stop at one of two islands for a lunch break or a little fishing.
Long Lake

Oxbow Lake

Oxbow Lake is a very attractive lake whose eastern shore is heavily occupied. The western shore is all state land. The steep slopes of Oxbow Mountain to the west make for an interesting paddle along it shore.
Piseco

Mitchell Ponds

Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Inlet

Kunjamuk River

The Kunjamuk River is one of the most pristine rivers to paddle in the Adirondack Park. This paddle offers up beautiful vistas, excellent birding and an optional hike into Kunjamuk Cave.
Speculator

Forked Lake

Forked Lake is one of the more popular lakes in the Adirondacks. When out on the lake be sure to explore the many fingers of the pond including going up the Raquette River to the rapids.
Long Lake

Frisky Otter Tours

Join us for a few hours or a whole day on the water!
148 Route 28, Inlet

Moss Lake Loop

Big Moose Road, Inlet

South Pond

South Pond is a slightly hidden pond whose charm gets little visitors, located between Long Lake and Blue Mountain Lake, this is a great place if you want a short half day paddle.

Lake Durant

Blue Mountain Lake