Adirondack Paddling

Canoe and kayak the Adirondacks

Dip a paddle into our extensive waterways

Paddling the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks have miles and miles of open water and for maximum on the water fun, a peaceful day in the comfort of your boat can't be beat. Hamilton County has plenty of water to explore: 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.

Scenic shorelines abound.

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.

Launches are abundant and easily accessible.

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 dirt 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. You can also work with a guide or outfitter to help make your adventure even better, and easier! 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.

Leave No Trace

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

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Complete canoe and kayak outfitter offering canoe, kayak, and SUP rentals and sales, camping equipment, maps, paddle gear and fly...
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 ...
Paddling Carry Falls is the first of many reservoirs created by Brookfield Power on the Raquette River. This rather large body of...
Paddling Third Lake is really an extension of Second Lake that's separated by a peninsula and a short section of narrows. The lake...
Paddling If using the state campground launch be aware that a small day-use fee will be required when the campground is open for...
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
Hiking This is a popular destination in the summer, with access to other trails with scenic overlooks, and a spur trail for easy...
Route 421
Long Lake
12847
Paddling The famous 16-mile Fulton Chain is a heavily traveled route. From First Lake to Fifth Lake the waterway is continuous and...
Inlet
13360
Hiking From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular...
Hiking The trail around Moss Lake traverses and also provides an easy hike. There's also the option of taking the spur trail to...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Paddling From Big Moose you have plenty of options for hiking as well. You can access a short trail to Russia Lake from East Bay,...
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...
Camping Located on picturesque Piseco Lake and offers activities such as hiking, swimming, sailing, boating and fishing. Point...
1365 County Route 24
Piseco
12139
Lake Lila is located in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. It is a remote, motor-less lake with 24 first-...
Paddling A nice side trip while in the Speculator/Lake Pleasant area, this small meandering stream is an interesting four-mile...
Route 30
Mason Lake
Speculator
12164
Paddling How to Get There From the 3-way intersection in the Village of Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for...
Sabattis Circle Road
Long Lake
12847
Boating A nice parking area and boat launch with a sandy beach are the features that allow for a sleepy afternoon of fishing from...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Hiking This 1.2 mile trail will access you to two very attractive back-country ponds—Upper and Lower Gull Lakes. The trail is very...
Hiking 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...
Fishing Piseco is popular among fisher-folk for lake trout and land-locked salmon. It also has a solid population of whitefish....
Old Piseco Road
Piseco
12139
Hiking This is an easy Adirondack trail system which totals 13.5 miles. These two wilderness areas are flatter than much of the...
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 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 is the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks, with plenty of inlets and outlets to explore, such as South Inlet, Browns...
Paddling Cedar River Flow is an excellent, secluded spot for wilderness paddling. Moose River flows into the area and is restrained...
Cedar River Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking and Nature Walk This short and easy trail offers a short jaunt for a nature hike, birding, and a perfect Adirondack paddle...
From Sacandaga Lake you can paddle up to Mud Lake, or carry to beautiful Fawn Lake, which is surrounded by state land and has...
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
Campgrounds John Dillon Park is a fully accessible campground with nature trails, campsites, and lean-to's, making it easier for...
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
13360
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...
Paddling These lakes are located west of the town of Newcomb. Start on the public beach at either lake for a scenic 7.5-mile...
Route 28N
Newcomb
12852
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
Hiking Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a short carry for a canoe from the parking area. The trailhead is large and doubles as a...
Winter Overview: Winter access is not recommended, as this is a snowplow turn around, and the shoulder of the road cannot be parked...
Sixth Lake Road
Inlet
13360
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
Fishing An easy carry for this fishing spot for brook trout, since there is limited shoreline fishing. Directions to Access Point(s...
Route 28N
Long Lake
12847
Please Note Due to construction of two comfort stations, this facility will close on Labor Day for the rest of the 2019 Camping...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Fishing Shoreline Fishing: Limited to the headquarters area. Other shore fishing locations are available, but are only accessible...
Lake Abanakee spans both sides of Route 30, Big Brook Road, and Jerry Savarie Road. Getting There From Indian Lake, follow Route 30...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking An 8.8 mile hike, easy to moderate. Most of this walk is on a level dirt road which leads to a large grassy clearing on the...
Hiking This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will drop slightly...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
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
Paddling For this adventure you will have a short carry of only about 100 feet to the sandy shore at Low’s Lower Dam on Bog River....
Fishing Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28/30 toward...
County Route 19
Indian Lake
12842
Fishing Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake. Continue...
Route 28
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking Trailhead From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for a bit...
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
Fishing Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake...
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 County Route 2, follow County Route 2 toward the Village of Raquette Lake....
Raquette Lake
13436
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
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
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
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
Blue Mountain Lake is one very large lake, with some outstanding features, many dotted islands, and an abundant loon population....
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
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
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
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
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
Cascade and Stephens Ponds are two beautiful gems in the Blue Ridge Wilderness. In any season, you'll find peaceful forests and...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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
The 12 miles from Newcomb to the Indian River is a beautiful remote stretch (bordered by private land) with Class III rapids at Ord...
This “pull off and fish by the roadside” pond has been the favorite for parents teaching their children to fish, and it also yields...
Paddling Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far from the main road. Several sites are by the outlet dam. About 40 miles of...
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
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...
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
This Class I flatwater can be paddled in either direction, making a nice round trip. Both Chub and Trout Lake have navigable...
Arietta
‎12139
This slow moving, "perfect Adirondack wilderness" river is full of native fish at its southern end and has easy fishing locations...

Adventure Sports Rafting Company

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

Frisky Otter Tours

148 Route 28
Inlet
13360
(315) 357-3444

Wild Waters Outdoor Center

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

Adirondack River Outfitters

4511 NYS Route 28
North River
12856
(800) 525-7238

Blue Mountain Outfitters

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

Whitewater Challengers

(518) 251-3746

North Creek Rafting Company

(800) 989-7238

Sacandaga River

Wells
12190

Lows Lake/Bog River Flow

Long Lake
12847

East Branch Sacandaga River

Wells
12190

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