Adirondack Paddling

Canoe and kayak the Adirondacks

Dip a paddle into our extensive waterways

Paddling the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks have no lack of open water and a peaceful day in the comfort of your boat can't be beat. The region is dotted with numerous small ponds to explore, miles and miles of rivers, and 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 Adirondack region is home to many of them.

Lots of lovely shoreline.

Large Lakes

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

Plenty of places to launch from.

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 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!

The possibilities extend for miles.

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 beautiful waters 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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1754 State Route 30
Tupper Lake
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BOOK NOW Adirondac Rafting Company invites you to run the wild and scenic Hudson River Gorge. The gorge run is a 16 mile, 4-5 hour ...
110 W Main St
Indian Lake
12842
Directions to Access Point(s): From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 28N east toward Newcomb....
Route 28N
Long Lake
12847
Hiking This trail opens into some wide, flat, plain areas covered in scrub brush. Location: The trailhead is a 13-mile drive in...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
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Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road, and turn left on Moose...
Moose River Plains
Inlet
13360
Initially you will be following a private dirt road, please stay on the marked route. The trail markers are on the power poles, but...
Maple Lodge Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Paddling Start on the public beach at either lake for a scenic 7.5-mile roundtrip cruise. The flatwater channel between the lakes...
Route 28N
Newcomb
12852
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 through Raquette Lake and locate the state...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Directions: There are two access points to reach Eagle Lake: one is from Blue Mountain Lake by paddling south through the narrows, ...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking How to Get There From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 28 for 1.3 mile toward North...
Chain Lake Road
Indian Lake
12842
Fishing You can fish from any of the lakefront sites as well as from the public boat launch. There's splake and brown trout for the...
Limekiln Road
Inlet
13360
The Essex Chain Lakes, comprised of twelve lakes and ponds, opened to the public in the summer of 2014. This lovely, remote area of...
Pine Tree Road
Newcomb
12852
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
12108
Please Note
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Route 28
Inlet
13360
Chain Lakes Road South allows access to a network of dirt roads and trails in parts of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Pine Lake...
Chain Lakes Road South
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far from the main road. Several sites are by the outlet dam. Isolated wilderness...
Cedar River Road
Inlet
13360
From Sacandaga Lake you can paddle up to Mud Lake, or carry to beautiful Fawn Lake, which is surrounded by state land and has...
Lake Lila is located in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. It is a remote, motor-less lake with 24 first-...
Lake Lila Access Road
Long Lake
12847
Fishing Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road to Moose River Plains Road....
Moose River Plains
Inlet
13360
Lake Adirondack is also known as Adirondack Lake. Once on the lake be sure to check out the northeast bay for the most scenic areas...
Route 28
Indian Lake
12842
This lake is completely surrounded by private land and is typically used as a throughway from Fourth and Sixth lakes. How to Get...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Paddling How to Get There From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue just...
Gilmantown Road
Speculator
12164
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
12842
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
13360
The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike. There's...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
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
13360
Oxbow Lake is a very attractive lake whose eastern shore is heavily occupied. The western shore is all state land. The steep slopes...
Piseco
12139
Long Lake is simply a widening of the Raquette River and is very long, making the name for it quite accurate. Long Lake, being so...
Long Lake
12847
Considered the waterway equivalent of the Appalachian Trail, the NFCT is a 740 mile-long paddling route that starts in the...
1353 State Route 28
Inlet
13360
How to Get There From the 3-way intersection in the Village of Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for around 7....
Sabattis Circle Road
Long Lake
12847
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through...
Long Lake
12847
Jennings Park Pond gets few paddlers due to the popularity of Long Lake, a very close neighbor, with only a sand bar separating the...
Long Lake
12847
Start your trip below the three impassable waterfalls which can be viewed from Route 30. The next 13 miles is an exciting slalom of...
Wells
12190
Big Bay is simply a widening of the Piseco Outlet. This widening, however, not only gets you access to Piseco Lake, it is an...
Piseco
12139
This is a  peaceful paddle with a lean-to on the opposite shore, for lunch or a weekend of camping. A short paddle downstream...
Raquette Lake
13436
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28/30 and Cedar River Road in Indian Lake, follow Cedar River Road. Continue for 4....
Indian Lake
12842
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Inlet follow Big Moose Road. Continue to Higby Road on the...
Inlet
13360
South Pond is a slightly hidden pond whose charm gets little visitors, this is a great place to start if you want a short half day...
Long Lake
12847
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake for 6.0...
Indian Lake
12842
Blue Mountain Lake is one very large lake, with some outstanding features, many dotted islands, and an abundant loon population....
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Lake Eaton is one of the most popular waterbodies in the Long Lake region, and there are a few reasons for this. For one, it has a...
Long Lake
12847
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28/30 for just under 4-miles to...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
How to Get There From the 3-way intersection in the Hamlet of Long Lake follow Route 30/28N toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue for...
Long Lake
12847
Forked Lake is one of the more popular lakes in Hamilton County and with Forked Lake State Campground on the eastern end of the...
Long Lake
12847
The Kunjamuk River is one of the most pristine rivers in the Adirondack Park, ranking up there with the Marion River and the...
Speculator
12164
This is the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks, with plenty of inlets and outlets to explore, such as South Inlet, Browns...
Raquette Lake
13436
The best launch areas are from the secondary paved road, but it is very rough for vehicles with low clearance. If you don't have...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and County Route 2, follow County Route 2 toward the Village of Raquette Lake....
Raquette Lake
13436
How to Get There From the 3-way intersection in the Hamlet of Long Lake follow Route 30/28N toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue for...
Long Lake
12847
How to Get There From the 3-way intersection in the Village of Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for around 7....
Sabattis Road
Long Lake
12847
Shaw Pond does not get much use in the way of paddlers, but on occasion you will see a lone canoe resting atop its waters. While...
Long Lake
12847
This lake is a wonderful nature experience, formed by a dam on the Indian River. Water levels vary by season. The base is rocky...
Indian Lake
12842
How to Get There From the three-way intersection in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake for about 7.5 miles, then turn...
Long Lake
12847
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet follow Limekiln Road. Continue to Moose River Plains...
Inlet
13360
How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for 16.5...
Indian Lake
12842
A nice parking area and boat launch with a sandy beach are the features that allow for a sleepy afternoon of fishing from the many...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
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
13360
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
13360
Parking is at a small gravel pull off parking area along Route 28 about 2.4 miles southwest of Raquette Lake. The right path leads...
Inlet
13360
Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground. Since there is direct access to the pond, this is a great place to wet a line, swim...
Inlet
13360
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
12842
Just getting into Lows Lake is an adventure. From the lower dam, this 11-mile paddle, with one short carry at the upper dam,...
Long Lake
12847
The reservoir (nine miles long) is surrounded by wilderness areas on state land and has 46 designated campsites on its many...
This 27-mile stretch of the Raquette is the setting of the largest inland hydroelectric installation in New York. A New York power...
The 15-mile stretch from North Hudson to Schroon Lake is an easy Class I flatwater cruise with one carry at the four-foot Schroon...
This eight-mile section has a gentle drop with some fun Class II water. You will need to take out at the unrunnable Griffin Falls,...
Wells
12190
Piseco Lake offers some interesting side trips, such as a paddle up Fall Stream to Fall Lake. Only two miles further upstream, and...
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
12842
From North River to North Creek (five miles) the river flows gently with some Class II rapids which gives you time to relax and...
Indian Lake
12842
Access to Red River is located 5 miles into the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, off of Limekiln Road. This slow moving, "perfect...
Inlet
13360
This Class I flatwater can be paddled in either direction, making a nice round trip. Both Chub and Trout Lake have navigable...
Arietta
‎12139
The famous 16-mile Fulton Chain is a heavily traveled route. From First Lake to Fifth Lake the waterway is continuous and lined...
Inlet
13360
The 12 miles from Newcomb to the Indian River is a beautiful remote stretch (bordered by private land) with Class III rapids at Ord...
The area around this bridge is the favorite spot of fishermen. Off the beaten path, there are many open sandy areas for casting....
40 Antlers Road
Inlet
13360
Closer to its confluence with the St. Lawrence River are 14.5 miles between Raymondville to Raquette River Village, which can be...
The Lower Hudson is broad and more shallow than the previous sections. The current is a swift Class I but obstacles are few except...
Indian Lake
12842
The Sargent Ponds trails offer an excellent opportunity to bike through the woods on well marked, fairly level, paths. Separate...
North Point Road
Inlet
13360
A nice side trip while in the Speculator/Lake Pleasant area, this small meandering stream is an interesting four-mile cruise which...
Speculator
12164
This spectacular branch of the Oswegatchie plunges over waterfalls and through a rocky gorge. A drop of 90 feet in the first two...
Sabattis
12847
South Shore Road
Inlet
13360

Adventure Sports Rafting Company

6127 Route 28
Indian Lake
12842
(800) 441-7238

Wild Waters Outdoor Center

1123 State Route 28
Warrensburg
12885
(518) 744-9430

Frisky Otter Tours

148 Route 28
Inlet
13360
(315) 357-3444

Blue Mountain Outfitters

144 Main St
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
(518) 352-7306

Adirondack River Outfitters

(800) 525-7238

Lower Schroon River

Middle Branch Moose River

Lower West Branch Sacandaga River

Wells
12190

North Branch Moose River

Big Brook

Long Lake
12847

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