Adirondack Paddling

Canoe and kayak the Adirondacks

Dip a paddle into our extensive waterways

Paddling the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks have miles and miles of open water and for maximum on the water fun, a peaceful day in the comfort of your boat can't be beat. Hamilton County has plenty of water to explore: small ponds to explore, miles and miles of rivers, and 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 Adirondack region is home to many of them.

Large lakes

Lake Pleasant, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake — sure, they are the names of towns, but they are also the names of the lakes that represent these towns. There's also the Fulton Chain of Lakes, a string of eight lakes located on the western edge of the county. If you want a bit of a different outing, you can head to smaller lakes like Limekiln, Utowana, Eagle, Durant, or Abanakee. No matter your choice or destination, you will have an unforgettable paddling experience in the Adirondacks.

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 dirt 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 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. You can also work with a guide or outfitter to help make your adventure even better, and easier! The choices are only limited by your imagination!

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 beautiful waters 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.

Leave No Trace

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.

Learn the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

 

 

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Utowana is a beautiful lake that is about as...
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Eagle Lake is a gem hidden between two lakes...
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Long Lake
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These two ponds are a fun, wilderness...
County Route 19
Durant Road
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This “pull off and fish by the roadside” pond...
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Indian Lake
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Lake Pleasant
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Don't let an intimidating name fool you. This...
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Lake Adirondack is also known as Adirondack...
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Lake Abanakee spans both sides of Route 30,...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
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Limekiln Road
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Higby Road
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McRorie Lake is a very large lake with...
Kickerville Road
Long Lake
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Moose River Plains Wild Forest
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The Kunjamuk River is one of the most...
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With sandy beaches and incredible rolling...
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Piseco
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A great secluded lake with an easy approach ...
Chain Lake Road
Indian Lake
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Large open waters with great views of the...
Route 28
Inlet
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This is a pretty pond with a trail all the...
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
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The Essex Chain Lakes, comprised of twelve...
Pine Tree Road
Newcomb
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From North River to North Creek (five miles)...
Indian Lake
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Considered the waterway equivalent of the...
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Inlet
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This remote area has abundant wetlands,...
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Piercefield
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Moss Lake is a beautiful place for a picnic,...
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This is a beautiful spot for a scenic paddle...
Sixth Lake Road
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A fully accessible wilderness area located...
Route 30
Long Lake
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Enjoy extensive hiking and biking trails, or...
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Inlet
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Lake Eaton is known for fine fishing all year...
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Long Lake
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Piseco Lake is a large body of water with...
Old Piseco Road
Piseco
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The William C. Whitney Wilderness Area is a...
901C Sabattis Rd
Long Lake
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This short and easy trail offers a short...
State Route 8/30
Indian Lake
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Forked Lake is one of the more popular lakes...
Forked Lake Road
Long Lake
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Lake Lila is located in the William C....
Lake Lila Access Road
Long Lake
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Long Lake is simply a widening of the...
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Long Lake
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The road has gentle hills and quickly...
Route 421
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The Fulton Chain of Lakes is a historic,...
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Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains...
Cedar River Road
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Long Lake
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Raquette Lake
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This remote pond is probably one of the best...
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Peaceful, perfect paddling is all you'll find...
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Long Lake
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This spectacular branch of the Oswegatchie...
Sabattis
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Indian Lake
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Blue Mountain Lake
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Long Lake
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Piseco
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Oxbow Lake is a very attractive lake whose...
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Long Lake
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The pond itself is well sheltered and calm....
Blue Mountain Lake
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Frisky Otter Tours

148 Route 28
Inlet
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(315) 357-3444
  

Wild Waters Outdoor Center

1123 State Route 28
Warrensburg
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(518) 744-9430
  

Adirondack Adventures

4659 STATE ROUTE 28
North Creek
12853
(518) 251-2802
  

Adventure Sports Rafting Company

6127 Route 28
Indian Lake
12842
(800) 441-7238
  

Blue Mountain Outfitters

144 Main St
Blue Mountain Lake
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(518) 352-7306
  

North Creek Rafting Company

9 Ordway Lane
North Creek
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(800) 989-7238
  

Whitewater Challengers

4511 State Rte 28
North Creek
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(518) 251-3746
  

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