Adirondack Paddling

Canoe and kayak the Adirondacks

Dip a paddle into our extensive waterways

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.

Lots of lovely shoreline.

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.

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 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!

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 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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Long Lake
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148 Route 28
Inlet
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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...
Route 28
Inlet
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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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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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Once on the lake be sure to check out the northeast bay for the most scenic areas. The shallows and many small islands give the...
Route 28
Indian Lake
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The best time to paddle Limekiln Lake is in the fall of the year when the colors are popping. Be sure to check out the Limekiln...
Limekiln 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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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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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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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 check...
Moose River Plains Road
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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Limekiln Lake Campground is run by the DEC. You can fish from any of the lakefront sites as well as from the public boat launch....
Limekiln Lake Rd
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 through Raquette Lake and locate the state...
Inlet
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How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet follow Limekiln Road. Continue to Moose River Plains...
Inlet
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Oxbow Lake is a very attractive lake whose eastern shore is heavily occupied. The western shore is all state land. The steep slopes...
Piseco
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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
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The Kunjamuk River is one of the most pristine rivers in the Adirondack Park, ranking up there with the Marion River and the...
Speculator
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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
Blue Mountain Lake is one very large lake, with some outstanding features, many dotted islands, and an abundant loon population....
Blue Mountain Lake
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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
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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 Hudson to...
Indian Lake
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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
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The Essex Chain Lakes, comprised of twelve lakes and ponds, opened to the public in the summer of 2014. This lovely, remote area of...
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
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How to Get There From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue just under 1...
Speculator
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How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 28N toward Newcomb. Continue for around...
Long Lake
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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
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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
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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
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How to Get There From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Inlet follow Big Moose Road. Continue for a bit over 2-...
Inlet
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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 three-way intersection in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake for about 7.5 miles, then turn...
Long Lake
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This is the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks, with plenty of inlets and outlets to explore, such as South Inlet, Browns...
Raquette Lake
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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
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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
Winter Overview: The winter road is for snowmobiles only and is usually closed until Memorial Day weekend.  Cedar River Flow is...
Cedar River Road
Inlet
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Winter Overview: During the winter this trail is snowmobile access only and not recommended for ski or snowshoe travel.    Follow...
Inlet
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Winter Overview: Always check ice thickness before walking on local lakes. Fourth Lake sees a large amount of snowmobile traffic...
Petrie Road
Inlet
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Winter Overview: During the winter this trail is snowmobile access only and not recommended for ski or snowshoe travel. The...
Route 28
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Inlet
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Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green Bridge and Lock and Dam picnic area offers about 20 nice fishing locations for...
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Inlet
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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
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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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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
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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
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This is a New York state DEC campground where there is access to both Seventh and Eighth lakes and nice hiking and nature trails...
Route 28
Inlet
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This Class I flatwater can be paddled in either direction, making a nice round trip. Both Chub and Trout Lake have navigable...
Arietta
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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...
The reservoir (nine miles long) is surrounded by wilderness areas on state land and has 46 designated campsites on its many...
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
This 27-mile stretch of the Raquette is the setting of the largest inland hydroelectric installation in New York. A New York power...
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
This spectacular branch of the Oswegatchie plunges over waterfalls and through a rocky gorge. A drop of 90 feet in the first two...
Sabattis
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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 the trail head. Put in at the Indian Lake Islands boat ramp, and canoe the 3.3 mile (one way)...
Indian Lake
12842
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
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South Shore Road
Inlet
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Indian Lake
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Blue Mountain Lake
12812
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Big Brook

Long Lake
12847

Raquette River B

Lower Moose River

Upper Hudson River and Hudson River Gorge

Black Lake

Middle Branch Moose River

Lower Schroon River

East Branch Sacandaga River

Wells
12190

Little River

Lower West Branch Sacandaga River

Wells
12190

Sand Pond-Mud Pond Area

Sacandaga Lake Area

Lower Hudson River

Indian Lake
12842

Beaver River Canoe Route

Fulton Chain of Lakes

Inlet
13360

Lower Raquette River

North Branch Moose River

Piseco Lake Area

North Branch Grass River

Lows Lake/Bog River Flow

Long Lake
12847

Rich Lake and Harris Lake

Black River

Jessup River

Speculator
12164

Sacandaga River

Wells
12190

Francis Lake

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