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.

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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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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....
Schroon Lake
Oliver Pond is a quiet body of water where the fish are plentiful and the wildlife is abundant! How to get there South of Schroon Lake on Route 9, turn right onto Hoffman Road (County Road 24). Follow this for 8-miles to parking on the right. Paddling...
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...
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.
Henderson Lake is located in the High Peaks Wilderness and is wonderfully wild, despite having fairly easy access! How to get there From exit 29 off I-87, turn west onto Blue Ridge Road (CR 84) toward Newcomb. Follow this route for 17.4 miles to an...
Great access and two ponds at Putnam Pond.
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb
This is a whitewater route!
This paddle, beginning on Schroon River and ending on Schroon Lake, is one of three paddles required to complete the Schroon Watershed Paddling Challenge. There are opportunities for swimming and picnicking at the sandy beach opposite the marina.