Four Paddles for Great Summer Adventures

The Adirondacks are made up of countless lakes, rivers, and streams that create endless paddling adventures. From whitewater to leisure paddles, there is something for every skill level. Planning a paddling trip in the Adirondacks can be overwhelming, especially if it is your first time to the area. As we begin to dust off the kayaks and canoes and start thinking about the summer paddling season, here are four great trips and all you need to know before you visit!

Indian Lake

In the Indian Lake area, Cedar River Flow is a great wilderness paddle that is full of scenic opportunities. The paddle is about 8 miles round trip. The Moose River flows into the same area, causing a small lake that is a great spot for birders.

A man paddles his kayak in the wilderness.

From the intersection of Route 28 and Cedar River Road in Indian Lake, follow Cedar River Road 12 miles. The flow has a large meadow parking area near the dam and car top boat access. Paddlers can leave their car in this parking area while they are out exploring.

Looking to rent a boat to get out on the water? Check out Pines Country Store. They will hook you up with either kayaks or canoes for your trip. They are a one-stop-shop for any other accessories you may need before you hit the water. Before you head out to Cedar River Flow, stop by Pig II Deli and grab some sandwiches to pack in your boat. Along the way there is bound to be the perfect scenic spot to enjoy lunch.


Starting at the park (across from the beach) is a boat launch that provides great access to the Sacandaga. Once on the river, it opens up to some marsh lands pretty quickly. This is an excellent spot to explore and enjoy birding. The main channel of the river heads east from Speculator where you will eventually reach Kunjamuk Bay. This is about a 3 mile trip round trip, but it can be made longer if you wish to carry your craft around the beaver dam and keep exploring. With the ability to leave your car right in the village at the park, this makes for an easily accessible paddle.

A family exploring Speculator's miniature Route 66!

Before or after your paddle, explore the Sacandaga Pathway to stretch your legs or tire out the kids. Also located very close nearby is the little village of Route 66, a seven building replica community that is fun to explore. Stop by the Timberline Cafe or King of the Frosty’s to grab a lunch to pack with you before you head out on the water. Looking to rent a kayak for your adventure? Lake Pleasant Marine can hook you up with a half or full day rental.


Limekiln Lake is a great spot to paddle because you can determine how far you want to paddle based on your experience level. Limeklin is a large lake with the opportunity to paddle quite a bit, or only explore as you wish. The southern bay near the islands is a popular place to explore and check out while paddling. Head towards the Limekiln Lake Campground, turn and follow signs to the boat launch located there. You won’t have to enter the campground; the launch is located before the gate at the campground.

Paddlers on Limekliln Lake with boaters in the distance.

In Inlet, next to The Woods Inn, check out Frisky Otter Tours before starting your paddle. Connie has a perfect little store outfitted with anything you will need for your trip. Don’t own a kayak or canoe? Rent one here and enjoy a day on the water. Swing into Kalil’s Grocery and head to the back of the store to grab a delicious sub to enjoy lunch in your boat. Check to see if they have the delicious homemade half moon cookies, too.

Long Lake

In the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area is Round Lake. Round Lake is also connected to Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond through small channels, making tons of paddling opportunities. With multiple campsites on Round Lake to stop and enjoy a picnic, it is the perfect day trip for a paddling excursion. The parking area for Round Lake is on the Sabattis Road. You can leave your car here while enjoying your day on the water.

William C. Whitney DEC sign.

Before heading out towards the Whitney Wilderness Area, pull into the Adirondack Trading Post to grab a sandwich to enjoy at a picnic location. Check out what Vicki is offering for specials, and don’t miss all of the unique Long Lake souvenirs she has for sale as well. Don’t have a kayak or canoe? Located right in town across from the town beach is Another Paradise Cove. Stacy will get you into the right boat for your adventure, and she also has the coolest apparel for sale!

Summer will be here before we know it, and one of the best spring activities is planning our next paddling trip! Stop into area outfitters to purchase maps before you head out on the water. Find a place to stay or camp, restaurants to refuel, and plan your time on the Adirondack waters.

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