From the Remote Wilderness, to Family-Friendly Waterways, Kayak or Canoe NY's Adirondack Region



Adirondack Region, N.Y. - The Adirondacks of Northern New York are home to 3,000 lakes, streams and rivers - offering endless opportunity to paddle, kayak and stand-up paddle board on pristine waterways all summer long.

From popular waterways in the Lake George Region, the remotest corners of the Adirondack Seaway, to the variety of paddling options found along Lake Champlain, discover a new adventure with these off-the-beaten path paddling routes:

For Families: Glen Lake or the Upper Schroon River
This small residential lake makes for ideal beginner and family-friendly paddling. Explore marshlands on the southwest side and look for nesting waterfowl, including Osprey, on the northern shore. Bring a rod and fishing license to fish for Large and Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Chain Pickerel and Walleye among others. Travel tip: Stop for lunch at The Docksider on Glen Lake for a satisfying family-friendly meal and spectacular views.

For a family-friendly jaunt, consider a quiet paddle on the Schroon River from North Hudson to Schroon Falls. Perfect for a day trip, the slow current and abundant opportunity for wildlife viewing makes this five-mile trek ideal for families and beginner paddlers. Travel tip: You may encounter some short rapids at Schroon Falls near the take out. To continue your paddle, portage around the falls and continue for 4.5 miles to the Schroon Lake Boat Launch.

For Intermediate Paddlers: Lower Saranac Lake
Located in the Adirondack Lakes Region, the Saranac Lake Chain includes the Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes, offers incredible kayaking, canoeing, swimming and fishing. Easy to navigate and access, Lower Saranac Lake offers miles of recreation, numerous day-use areas and campsites for boat-access only camping. Access is available at the State Bridge Boat Launch on Route 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. Canoe and kayak friendly. Travel tip: Stay to the outside of the buoys as those lanes are for motorized boat navigation.

For the Wild-at-Heart: Oswegatchie River or The Black River Trail
The Oswegatchie River in the Northern Adirondacks offers remote paddling on its three branches, East, West and Middle, the source of which is the Adirondacks' Five Ponds Wilderness Area. One of the few waterways in the Adirondacks where motorized boats are prohibited, the Oswegatchie is a paddler's paradise. For a meandering paddle on gentle water, start on the Lower section of the river near Gouverneur and paddle past rock ledges, marshes, scenic cliffs and pastures. Travel tip: Paddle with a light load as there will be carries at dams along the route.

In the Adirondacks Tug Hill Region, the Black River Trail winds 40 miles through remote farmland and rolling countryside toward the western corner of the Adirondacks. A combination of gentle flatwater and fast-moving currents make this an ideal paddling route all abilities. Grab a fishing pole and keep your eyes open for a variety of wildlife and waterfowl. Travel tip: Visit during the Black River Challenge June 29 and watch hundreds of paddler's race for more than 20 miles between Glenfield and Castorland.

For Rapid Shooters: The Upper Hudson River Gorge or The Saranac River
The Upper Hudson River Gorge offers the pinnacle of East Coast whitewater rafting, and is consistently rated as one of the top 10 trips in the U.S. During the spring big water season, and throughout the summer and fall, experience thrilling whitewater kayaking and rafting with an Adirondack outfitter or guide. This 17-mile trip drops 650 vertical feet. Travel tip: Adirondack whitewater is nothing to mess around with for amateur kayakers and rafters. You're better off going with a local guide or guide service.

Or, ride the Saranac River from Clayburg, where the gentle flatwater becomes Class II rapids. At Redford, difficult Class II-IV rapids and ledges are not uncommon during the spring big water season. For nine miles from Moffitsville to Cadyville, the river begins shallow and rocky, but it quickly becomes deep and fast moving. Travel tip: Take out at the beach in Cadyville.

On-the-Water-Options in the Adirondacks
Even if you don't have time to plan a paddling trip to the Adirondacks, you can enjoy the region's many waterways aboard a scenic boat tour, with many of the Adirondacks' biggest lakes boasting guided tours, dinner cruises and more. Kayak, canoe and boat rentals can be found at marinas and on main streets throughout the region. For more information about paddling routes, marinas, guides and rentals in the Adirondacks, go to

About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is home to the six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks online at or, and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at


Rebecca Steffan
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