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 deer are just a few of the animals you might spot on your journey. Looking for something more mellow and family-friendly? Try Courtney Pond or Lake Harris, or even a quiet corner of Paradox Lake.

Want to tag along with an expert? Visit a local guide to help choose your water adventure.

Dogs love paddling, too!
For an hour or a few days, canoeing in the Hub is full of fun.
Hit the water for a superb sunny day.
Peaceful paddling destinations are easy to find here.

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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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 Rd, Newcomb
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 for 13.5 miles to the trailhead parking on the left at the DEC sign. It is not...
Route 28N, Newcomb
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.
Route 9, North Hudson
This end-to-end hike, only 1.1 miles one way, runs from from Courtney Pond to Shingletree Pond along a clear, well-maintained trail with minor elevation changes. It is full of lovely terrain, with the exception of a tunnel that runs under the Northway.
Pine Tree Road, Newcomb
The Essex Chain Lakes, comprised of twelve lakes and ponds, opened to the public in the summer of 2014. This lovely, remote area of the Adirondacks is a wonderful new addition for paddlers, campers, hikers, hunters, and fisherpersons. How to Get There...
The Lower Schroon from Schroon Lake to the Hudson (27 miles) is a mixture of long flatwater stretches punctuated by whitewater. Adjacent roads provide easy access at points along the way, but go unnoticed while on the tree-lined, secluded river.
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Newcomb
While the Adirondacks are rife with lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, few are as wild as the Opalescent River.