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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Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson
The Challis Pond Trail is an easy, 1.2 mile loop to Challis Pond through a hemlock and cedar forest. The trailhead is on Ensign Pond Road (county Route 4), 2.6 miles from Route 9 or 6.5 miles west of Windy Hills Road.
Clear Pond is a beautiful pond in a wilderness setting.
763 Putts Pond Road, North Hudson
Paddling How to get there: From the intersection of Route 9 and 74 near Schroon Lake, follow Route 74 toward Ticonderoga. Continue to Putts Pond Road on the right -- this is also the entrance road for Putnam Pond State Campground. Drive this to the...
Putnam Pond and North Pond are popular spots for ice fishing.
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
Several trails can be accessed from the shore of the ponds including Treadway Mountain, which is a wonderful hike with outstanding views. Ice fishing Popular with ice anglers. The northern section is at its best for fishing in the winter and early spring.
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...
Cheney Pond is a scenic pond that feels remote, but is an easy hike.
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...
Putts Pond Rd, Schroon Lake
You will need to paddle through Putnam Pond and into North Pond to access the carry trail for Rock Pond. The trail is located in the northern bay and is well marked. Follow this trail past another intersection and launch on the northwestern bay of the...
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...
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...