If you're looking for a quiet paddle that's away from the crowds but near all the wildlife, then Mason Lake should be on your list!
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 miles to the parking and cartop boat launch for Mason Lake on the right.
The boat launch is for hand launching only. Mason Lake is constructed of many small and narrow bays; be sure to enjoy them all. A narrow southern bay will lead you down toward the outlet where birding is extra special. This is also a great pond for SUP and an introduction to paddling. The lake is a small lake and well sheltered from much of the wind.