Adirondack lakes and rivers
The Adirondacks are home to vast waterways that flow from mountaintops, meander through wild forests, and stretch from scenic shorelines into deep lakes. Here, our lakes and rivers have defined our communities, creating a heritage that spans centuries and connects the heart of the Adirondacks to the New York’s storied history.
So many choices
From Raquette Lake to Long Lake, the Moose River to the Hudson River – the Adirondacks are unique among mountainous areas, offering miles of waterways perfect for transportation and recreation. Find adventure along our rivers, lakes and ponds:
- Fish the deep waters of Blue Mountain Lake for lake trout and land-locked salmon,
- Experience the rush of a Hudson River whitewater rafting expedition, or
- Cruise Raquette Lake aboard the Adirondack's premier cruise ship, the W. W. Durant, and glimpse the Great Camp’s of the Gilded Age.
You can also join Governor Cuomo at the Adirondack Challenge, an initiative to celebrate the waterways and whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks.
Not your average paddle
Long Lake offers a sailing corridor for small sailboats, and is the perfect place to charter a floatplane ride or learn how to water ski. Paddle the vast, pristine backcountry of Hamilton County’s many designated lake-wilderness areas or spend the day swimming and relaxing at Piseco Lake.
Plan a vacation to enjoy the Adirondack's many opportunities for fun on the water.
Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK
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.