To reach the shore you will need to carry downhill on a gentle grade. The gravel grade is sloped for handicap access with two rest stops along the way. The launch is well-graded and flat for easy access as well. Balfour Mountain rises high above on the opposite shore and with its slopes being mostly hardwood this paddle is one fine afternoon's outing in the fall of the year.
Half of the shore is private property so if you want to get out to stretch your legs be sure to remain on state land.
How to get there
From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit, #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue all the way to Newcomb and Route 28N. Take a left onto 28N and continue for around 8.5-miles to the lake access on the right.
It's about a 200 foot carry on a gravel path (handicap accessible) to a canoe/kayak/SUP launch. No motorboats are allowed to launch here. Balfour is a narrow lake that is well-sheltered and under most days is quite calm Shoreline length is approximately 2.75 miles.