A 4-mile section of Schroon River below Schroon Lake makes for an excellent day trip. A slow current (less than one knot except during the spring melt) and abundant wildlife will interest anyone in the family.
Take I-87 to exit 26. Take Rte 9 north for about 3/4 mile and then a right on Schroon River Road. The lake and put-in are only a 1/4 mile. This put-in is run by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation. There is only a moderate amount of parking available, so arrive early on weekends! You can launch from the boat ramp or just across the highway from an excellent sandy beach.
Perfect for easy-going paddlers. Watch river depth; if it's too shallow the paddle might get a little scratchy.