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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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...
The view of Pharaoh Mountain from Spectacle Pond.
East Shore Road, Schroon Lake
How to get there Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and follow Route 9 south toward Schroon Lake. Continue for 0.6 mile and turn onto Alder Meadow Road, follow that to East Shore Road and continue for 2.75 miles to the trailhead on the left. Trail...
Find out more Read about this paddle in the blog, Return to Schroon River.
This is a great destination for hiking, paddling, fishing, and its also a winter trail.
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...
Main St, Schroon Lake
Lovely and tranquil, the waters of Schroon Lake have been attracting canoeists and kayakers for many years. Explore the shoreline with its abundant wild life.
Paradox Lake is a good place to ice fish for trout.
897 NYS Route 74, Paradox
This imposing lake is tucked away among hardwood hills in the heart of the wilderness. The campground is on the shore of Dark Bay. Ice Fishing Paradox Lake has a natural population of lake trout. The long and narrow shape offers plenty of shoreline...
Newcomb Lake Road, Newcomb
Now this is the wilderness! Option of a horse drawn wagon for you and your canoe (fee) down a 4.5 mile dirt access road. Closed to vehicles. Explore the lake and the Great Camp Santanoni. Great views of Henderson Mountain. Size: 446 Acres. Photo...
You'll need to bring a lightweight watercraft and carry it in on a hiking path.
897 NYS Route 74, Schroon Lake
Paddling Loons, whitetail deer, common mergansers, beavers, snapping turtles, and water snakes have all been spotted. Experience this very peaceful, but close enough to civilization, part of the Adirondacks. Size: 441 Acres. Lean-to available at lake....