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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Route 8, Schroon Lake
The only access for canoe or kayak is the concrete state boat launch off Route 8. There is ample parking here, but during busy weekends it can get a bit cramped. Aside from the launch area the entire shore of Brant Lake is private property so please...
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. Balfour Mountain rises high above on...
Northwoods Club Rd, Minerva
The launch is small and a slight carry down but not steep by any means. The eastern shore is private property so please respect. This would be an excellent pond for SUP's or learning to paddle due to its usually calm features. On really bad weather...
4511 State Rte 28 PO Box 49, North Creek
From Rich Lake there are many outlets that joins it to the Hudson, seen here at the AIC.
28N, Newcomb
Paddling Loons, mink, pine marten, otter, moose, beaver, deer, and red fox are just some of the wildlife that you may encounter at the lake. A biking trail follows the shoreline. Size: 342 Acres.
The lakes are made for paddling.
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...
Parts of Fishing Brook can be accessed from County Line Flow.
Route 28N, Long Lake
Fishing Directions to Access Point(s): From Newcomb follow Route 28N west toward Long Lake. Continue for around 9.5 miles to the access site on the right. Look for a DEC sign. Follow this short gravel road down to the parking lot. Shoreline Fishing...