The Adirondacks, a six million acre natural wonderland, is a paddler's paradise. We have more than 10,000 lakes, plus an astounding 30,000 miles of rivers and streams. This is prime paddling country with scenery — think mountains, eagles, loons, and forest — that can't be beat. Our waters range from smooth and quiet to wild and white, so you're sure to find the perfect paddle that you're looking for.
1. Essex Chain Lakes
The Essex Chain Lakes, comprised of twelve lakes and ponds, opened to the public in the summer of 2014. This lovely, remote area of the Adirondacks is a wonderful new addition for paddlers, campers, hikers, hunters, and fisherpersons.
2. Second Pond to Bluff Island on Lower Saranac
Bluff Island, part of the Saranac Lake Islands Campground, is set aside for day use only and makes a fantastic destination for this trip. The paddling route begins on smaller ponds and gradually opens into Lower Saranac Lake.
3. Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Considered the waterway equivalent of the Appalachian Trail, the NFCT is a 740 mile-long paddling route that starts in the Adirondacks. Paddlers from around the world start right here to begin a "thru paddle" to the end of the route in Fort Kent, Maine, over rivers, streams, and lakes.
4. La Chute River
This portion of the La Chute River is an easy paddle with lots of scenery! The slight current is excellent for a leisurely paddle with plenty of opportunities for admiring the scenery. Abundant plant life on both banks makes for a quiet, secluded paddle.
5. St. Regis River from Blue Mountain Road
The river can be paddled up or downstream from this location. The best accompanying launch area is a bit further north along Blue Mountain Road and is roadside.
6. Lake Abanakee
Lake Abanakee spans both sides of Route 30, Big Brook Road, and Jerry Savarie Road and is long and shallow, with great scenery. Many islands dot this long waterbody, giving it excellent features to explore. Keep an eye out for large birds nests in the trees and resident bald eagles and osprey. This lake is ideal for leisurely paddles and birdwatching.
7. Taylor Pond
Taylor Pond is 4 miles long and covers 813 acres, providing plenty of scenic water for paddling as well as fishing for lake trout and landlocked salmon. Spend a few hours, a day, or a few days exploring the pond's scenic waters deep in the Adirondack wilderness.
8. Long Lake to Tupper Lake
This is a classic flat water 3-4 day trip through incredibly scenic wilderness. A must do trip for every summer! Paddle 40 to 50 miles past Raquette Falls through some of the most scenic and beautiful scenery along the river.
9. Cedar River Flow
Cedar River Flow is an excellent, secluded spot for wilderness paddling. Moose River flows into the area and is restrained by a small dam with a bridge over it, near the camping area. The resulting lake is shallow, but highly scenic, covering more than 640 acres.
10. Lake Placid, the lake
At 2173 acres, you will need more than one day to explore the mystical Lake Placid. Savor views of Whiteface Mountain and admire lakefront camps from the clean, clear water.
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