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This paddle, beginning at the NYS DEC boat launch on Glendale Road and ending at the Starbuckville Dam, is one of three paddles required to complete the Schroon Paddle Challenge.

How to get there

The put in for this paddle is at the Horicon boat launch, located on County Route 62 (Glendale Road), 
between Route 9 and County Route 15 (Adirondack Road) in Pottersville, NY.

By the numbers

  • 4.25 miles / 6.8 km one way (only one way is required to complete the Schroon Paddle Challenge)

  • Slow and winding river paddle on the Schroon River

Slow and winding river paddling

Begin this paddle at the NYS DEC-operated Horicon boat launch on Glendale Road. Paddle under the bridge and into the river. Enjoy a slow and winding trip downstream as you pass a number of waterfront homes, a large cattle ranch, and a wooded area. Note that the cattle will sometimes stand in the river but pose no threat to paddlers. Do not attempt to paddle past the bridge marked with warning signs. 

If you are completing this paddle for the Schroon Paddle Challenge, only one way of the trip is required. Consider spotting a car at the Starbuckville Dam, or plan to take the return paddle to the Horicon boat launch. 

The owner of the private Riverside Pines campground, near Starbuckville Dam, has graciously offered one-way trip paddlers to take out at the beach, and has offered round-trip paddlers to rest briefly at the campground beach before making the return trip. We extend a hearty thank you to the new owners of Riverside Pines for allowing paddlers to rest and take out here . . . please treat this spot with respect!


This section of river is frequented by many species of birds, including ravens, bald eagles, and both green and great blue herons.


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Photo by Emily VanDerVeeken

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