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.

a man paddles down a windy river.
an aerial shot of Opalescent River.
For an hour or a few days, canoeing in the Hub is full of fun.

 

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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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...
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.
Photo by Emily VanDerVeeken
This slow winding river paddle, beginning at the Launch at the DEC boat launch on Glendale Rd and ending at the Starbuckville Dam, is one of three paddles required to complete the Schroon Watershed Paddle Challenge.
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...
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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 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.
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...
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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.