What better way to see the beauty of the epic wilderness in the Adirondack Hub than a day of paddling? Whether you prefer to kayak or canoe, grab your paddles, and explore numerous waterways, including the Essex Chain Lakes, the Boreas Ponds Tract, and the Opalescent River. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife — loons, muskrats, and ducks are just a few of the animals you might spot on your journey.

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Dogs love paddling

too!

For an hour or a few days

canoeing in the Hub is full of fun.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

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Clear Pond is a beautiful pond in a wilderness setting.
763 Putts Pond Road, North Hudson
Paddling How to get there: From the intersection of Route 9 and 74 near Schroon Lake, follow Route 74 toward Ticonderoga. Continue to Putts Pond Road on the right -- this is also the entrance road for Putnam Pond State Campground. Drive this to the...
The trees are gorgeous in the fall.
Route 74, Paradox
asdf Find out more See our blog post about a Gorgeous Paddle on Eagle Lake .
Great access and two ponds at Putnam Pond.
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
Paddling These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows. The best launch is located near the beach which is just over a small hill from the main parking area in the campground. This pond in the summer can get very busy but you don't have to worry...
Putnam Pond Campground is a doorway to outdoor adventure.
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
Camping Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start off point for hiking the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. Choose from interior site camping, which requires a boat for access, or the developed area where they can rent a...
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb
Start at Cheney Pond. At the beginning there are many sets of rapids with a negotiable waterfall in season, and it ends with a long stretch of trickier rapids. In between, there are stunning photo opportunities that reminds us why there is a "Hudson...
The lovely hike ends at a tranquil pond with much scenic interest.
Route 28N, Minerva
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 to Route 28N and take a left and head toward Minerva. Continue for just under 10-mile...
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb
Start at Cheney Pond. At the beginning there are many sets of rapids with a negotiable waterfall in season, and it ends with a long stretch of trickier rapids. In between, there are stunning photo opportunities that reminds us why there is a "Hudson...
Putts Pond Rd, Schroon Lake
You will need to paddle through Putnam Pond and into North Pond to access the carry trail for Rock Pond. The trail is located in the northern bay and is well marked. Follow this trail past another intersection and launch on the northwestern bay of the...