Adirondack Paddling

Canoe and kayak the Adirondacks

Dip a paddle into our extensive waterways

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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Tupper Lake
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Inlet
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Info: Second Lake is an extension of First Lake that's separated by a couple of islands and peninsulas. The lake can only be...
Route 28
Inlet
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Lake Abanakee spans both sides of Route 30, Big Brook Road, and Jerry Savarie Road. Many islands dot this long waterbody, giving it...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
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Info: Third Lake is really an extension of Second Lake that's separated by a peninsula and a short section of narrows. The lake can...
Inlet
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Info: Once on the lake be sure to check out the northeast bay for the most scenic areas. The shallows and many small islands give...
Route 28
Indian Lake
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Info: This lake is completely surrounded by private land and is typically used as a throughway from Fourth and Sixth lakes. How to...
Route 28
Inlet
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How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28, Route 30, and Cedar River Road in Indian Lake, follow Cedar River Road....
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
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Access to this lake is tough, and a light boat is best for the steep hill you will need to descend and climb to access the lake. In...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
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How to Get There From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for 12 miles...
Route 10
Lake Pleasant
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This flow has a ton of features to check out, including numerous bays and wetlands around the edges. Be sure to take advantage of...
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
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Info: Don’t let this small pond fool you! It’s a beauty and worth the effort to reach, even if only for a short paddle. This is a...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
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Info: Lost Ponds are some of the more attractive bodies of water in the region, and they're not all that hard to access. Be sure to...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
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This trail has easy, rolling terrain and is a great place for the whole family. The path is on an old roadbed that ends at both...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
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The dam seems to be the haunt of rainbow trout at certain times of the year. Pan fish are also common. The dam offers a nice spot...
Sixth Lake Road
Inlet
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Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far from the main road. Several sites are by the outlet dam. Isolated wilderness sites...
Cedar River Road
Inlet
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The shores of this large picnic area offer some feed weed beds for fishing northern pike, tigermuskie, perch, and sunfish. There is...
Petrie Road
Inlet
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Access to Red River is located 5 miles into the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, off of Limekiln Road. This slow moving, "perfect...
Inlet
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This hike requires a canoe paddle to reach the trail head in Norman's Cove, the shortest (1.0 mile) from the Clarks Indian Lake...
Indian Lake
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This hike requires a canoe paddle to the trail head. Put in at the Indian Lake Islands boat ramp, and canoe the 3.3 mile (one way)...
Indian Lake
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