Bring your own watercraft and paddle on one of hundred's of creeks, rivers, or lakes. Last minute idea? No problem! Plenty of guides and companies will rent you just the transport you need - along with lifejackets and basic instructions!
If quiet boating is your speed, a retreat to Lapland Lake is just the ticket. Book a New York kayak or canoe vacation at this private playland for motor-free travels through pristine woodlands and a 70-acre wilderness lake. At 29 miles long, Great Sacandaga Lake is one of the Adirondack region’s largest, with plenty of paddle room for kayaks, canoes and sailboats in clear waters with spectacular views.
In the Thousand Islands, Canoe-Picnic Point State Park is only accessible by boats, provides camping spaces in a quiet wooded area, and of course, a place to picnic complete with a gazebo.
Ply the gentle Mohawk River with a stop at The Boat House, nestled on the riverbank at Rexford. Glide directly into the Mohawk’s quiet waters by kayak, canoe or rowing shell, moving at your own pace past the riverside foliage. Kayak and canoe rentals are available. Just south of Albany, kayak miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline at Schodack Island State Park and spot bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons.
Beginner and skilled kayakers alike will enjoy a guided trip to Sleepy Hollow Sunset Tour with Hudson River Recreation. Tour places where ghosts and goblins roam free, to historic Tarrytown Lighthouse and amazing views of the palisades, Croton Point and Hook Mountain. Well-trained guides provide instruction.
In New York City, join the Downtown Boathouse in Manhattan’s Riverside Park for 20-minute instructional paddles, then paddle away on the Hudson. Kayaks and life vests are provided—you create the romance.
Discover the Genesee and Salmon Rivers or Cattaraugus Creek with Adventure Calls Outfitters and board a raft to sample waters from serene to extreme depending on the season. Book a theme adventure like their Taste of the Finger Lakes canoe trip, and combine relaxed paddling in Hemlock Lake with New York’s finest wines and cheeses. In historic Watkins Glen at the south end of Seneca Lake, family-operated Summit to Stream Adventures can outfit you for boating, kayaking and great Finger Lakes fly fishing.
New York’s southern tier has some magnificent waters perfect for a kayak or canoe trip. You can Paddle the Palisades or Sample the Susquehanna with Southern Tier Kayak Tours; kayaking lessons and abundant wildlife included.