Adirondack Directory

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The Adirondack Park contains more than 3,000 lakes and ponds and 6,000 miles of rivers and streams.  The largest being Beautiful Lake Champlain.  Adirondack paddling ranges from whitewater chutes to glassy shiny ponds.   The Adirondacks remain one of the world's great destination of wilderness canoeing & kayaking.  The acquisitions of the Park continue to increase, so we welcome your contribution (or paddling story) of where to visits next. 


Below are many enjoyable sites to start enjoying!   Before you go out on H2O waterways, please be sure to check your Paddling Guidebooks and maps (see resources below) before heading out.   Keep safety in mind at all times.  Check out our Guide Services too E-mail us your water adventure stories and we'll publish  and share your story.  By sharing, we better our world.  Put a smile on a new friend's face!

Quick Find Flatwater, Whitewater, Boating Tours, Scuba Diving, Marinas, Parasailing, Public Beaches, Outback Wilderness, Pack & Paddle Lakes, Resources, Tubing, Water Slides, and Water Sports.


Flatwater Paddling (up to Class D)

Ausable Marsh, - Ausable Point State Campgrounds Ausable River, West Branch (some Class I riffles) - Route 73 bridge, or 1.5 miles down Riverside Dr, Ausable Boquet River, Willsboro - below the fish ladder
Chubb River - good bird watching too, may need to lift over beaver dams Lake Champlain - sea kayak. Westport to Split Rock Point to Essex Newcomb Lake/Camp Santanoni Preserve
Rich Lake & Harris Lake, public beach, Newcomb Saranac Lakes' Chain, Saranac Lake (also Oseetah Lake) Saranac River, Class II water before Franklin Falls Pond.  Franklin Falls Road provides access
Schroon River, North Hudson to Schroon Lake, scenic 15 mile trip Cascade Lakes at the public forest Eagle Lake, Ticonderoga
Lincoln Pond, Elizabethtown Putnam Pond, Putnam The Chateaugay Lakes (2 wide lakes connected by channel, 10.5 miles, summer resort, check out Bluff Point) 
West Branch Ausable River (8 miles of tranquil water w/dense woods, Class I riffles & 1 carry, spring is best) Raquette River (17 miles from Pearcefield to Carry Falls Reservoir, offers exciting whitewater, 2 waterfalls, borders state land, water level is critical)

North Branch Grass River (16.5 miles w/mix of rapids and flatwater,  Class II & IV to moderate size double hydraulics before Harpers Falls,  carry is required)

Sacandaga River (empties into Hudson River @ Hadley Lake.  Dam is 3 miles w/Class II) Hudson River*(N. River to N. Creek, 5 miles for Class II rapids then 18 miles to Schroon River for exciting Class III)

Lower Schroon River (27 miles with mix of long flatwater to some exciting Class III-IV, scout before running)

                                              Hudson River Trivia:  Mt. Marcy's Lake Tear of the Clouds, is the highest pond source for the mighty Hudson River. 

                                                          From humble beginnings, the Hudson flows 275 miles into New York City to the Atlantic Ocean.



Whitewater Paddling (Class II plus)

Ausable River, East Branch - carries at Hull's Falls, fish dam at Upper Jay and waterfalls at Jay Boquet River in the Spring - at Elizabethtown to I-87 overpass becomes Class III drop & rapids.  25 mile stretch thereafter to Lake Champlain (waterfalls at Wadham) Boreas River (experts only,  paddlers in closed boats) remove
Upper Hudson River (Class III-IV rapids) guide service available Hudson River Gorge - no open canoes, Class V rapids w/hydraulics, souse holes and high standing waves at N. River Lower Moose River (Old Forge Region - 17 miles demanding Class V+ Rapids)

Saranac River (starting out as slow moving flatwater up to Class III at Permanent Rapids before Franklin Falls, .4 mile carry)

"Silver Staircase"  (7 mile run of whitewater, advance, Clase IV)

Middle Branch Moose River (Old Forge Region - float down w/gradual picks up to some exciting Class II rapids)

Little River (lower 6 miles technical Class III, upper is quiet Class I, 2 short carries)

Middle Branch Oswegatchie River (spectacular branch plundges over waterfalls thru gorge, drop 90 ' in 1st 2 miles, adrenalin with Class III rapids.  Scouting necessary.  2nd half 12 mile run is calm Class I)

Lampson Falls Area (spectacular stretch requiring different paddling skills, flatwater to falls, to abrupt changes, drops, cascades and up to Class V.  Only experts should try the lower section)

Upper Hudson River & Hudson River Gorge (12 miles from Newcomb to Indian River, beautiful remote w/Class III rapids at Ord Falls, blends into the turbulent Hudson River Gorge w/difficult Class V w/hydraulics, souse holes & high standing water.  Experts only!)

Lower West Branch Sacandaga River (8 miles w/up to Class II rapids, spring is best, steep gradient of 55' per mile)

Sacandaga River (from Rt 30, slalom of almost continuous fast whitewater, up to Class III.  Lake Alqonguin 4 miles to run. Best done at high water)


Outback Country


Adirondack Guides have been helping visitors since Thomas Jefferson once ventured here.  Call upon the services of a guide for your canoe or kayak outing.  Adirondack earliest guides were trappers, loggers and native Americans leading pioneers and explorers.  Today's guides are still strong showing tourist through the woods.  Many guides share tall tales and are truly enjoyable.  (Visit our "Guide" Section.)  Call Adk. Regional Tourism Council for your Visitors Guide (800-487-6867).


Little Tupper Lake & Rock pond (William C. Whitney Area, 9 bodies of water, 30 campsites, moderate wind advisory, anglers catch & release) Santa Clara Tract (along the St. Regis River, above Everton Falls & Deer River Meadows) Croghan Tract (include Mud Pond, Sand Pond & Gregg Lake in the western ADK)

Toley Pond Tract (mixture of flatwater & whitewater on the S. Branch Grass River.  Scenic waterfalls.)

Beaver River Canoe Route (Old Forge Region, 14 mile paddle thru reservoirs & channels  1-877-85-ORION)

Sand Pond-Mud Pond Area (Old Forge Region - part of the Croghan tract, .2 mile carry in, marshy shores, narrow corridor streams)

Cranberry Lake (bays & flows, great hiking too, 46 campsites)  Outlet starts 1.8 miles downstream from bridge, windy flat water to Newton Falls Reservoir Francis Lake (Old Forge Region - 120 acre lake, primitive campsites) Stillwater Reservoir (Old Forge Region, 9 mile long reservoir surrounded by state campsites)
Oswegatchie River (virgin pines, scenic river 40 mile round trip) Moss Lake (Old Forge Region - small lake at foot of steep mtn, 7 campsites) Big Moose Lake (Old Forge Region, borders state land, bays/marsh & trails leading to Pigeon Lk Wilderness w/campsites)
Tupper Lake (shallow marsh connects Tupper, Simon & Raquette ponds, western shore w/campsites, Bog River Falls for 2 miles stillwater) Black River (Old Forge Region - Lyons Falls to Carthage Dam, 44 miles of interrupted flatwater) N. Branch Moose River (Old Forge Region - slow moving stretch of river, 11 miles, isolated)
Raquette River (Long Lake to Tupper Lake - 3- miles) meanders and campsites at intervals, outlet to Stony Creek Pond provides access to Upper Saranac Lake) Forked Lake (Blue Mtn. Lake Region - privately owed, borders state land, 7 mile lake, downstream to Long Lake is mix of flat & fast water) Fulton Chain of Lakes (Old Forge Region - famous 16 mile chain of lakes from 1st to 5th lake)
Lows Lake/Bog River Flow (Cranberry Lake Region - 11 mile paddle w/shore carry at upper dam, marshes w/backdrop of rugged mtns, islands and 39 campsites.  Ambitious 3 mile carry on west end leads to Upper Oswegatchie River) Lake Lilia (Tupper Lake Region - 7 islands, 17 campsites, sandy beaches, climb Frederica Mtn. too) Raquette Lake (many bays, great camps, and 2 mile channel at S. Inlet & Browns, connects to 8th Lake on Fulton
Long Lake (prevailing winds, 14 mile lake, campsites available) Blue Mountain Lake (10 islands, mtn. ringed lake, 1/2 mile carry at west end leads to Marion River) Big Brook (Long Lake Region - 4.7 mile cruise thru scenic corridor w/fast water sections - pest in spring)
Madawaska Flow-Quebec Brook (Santa Clara Tract - accessible Rt 458, remote & scenic, some portaging) St. Regis River (16 mile winding flatwater, up & down stream) Lower Osgood River (sm. river meanders thru forest/marsh, starting at Meacham Lake outlet, huge Eagle's nest)
Lake Kushaqua to Osgood Pond (12 mile trip w/interesting group of lakes, channels & one .75 mile carry) St. Regis Falls Flow/East Branch (quiet flatwater,  6 miles above dam.  Everton Falls is passable at high water levels with challenging white water w/rapids, some scouting) St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area (pond-hopper's paradise, many short carries, traverse 10 kales & ponds)
Chubb River (little river w/surprises, 9 mile round trip, 1 carry, numerous beaver dams) St. Regis River/Santa Clara Flow (just off Blue Mtn Road, some fast water, short carry, windy backwater) Everton Falls Preserve - E. Branch St. Regis River (waterfalls winding 9 miles flatwater, marsh, short portage trail over wetlands)
Hatch Brook (9 mile flatwater cruise thru marsh & scenery) Deer River Flow (2.7 mile backwater, mtn. views, lots of birds) Deer River (above High Falls, 10 mile flatwater, below High Falls drops rapidly w/mix of moving water, access Deer River State Forest)
Lower Oswegatchie River (starts at Gouveneur, 65 miles to Osdenburg which flows into St. Lawrence River, slow moving, marshes & pasture & Rapids that can be portaged or run by experienced paddlers) Black Lake (anglers dream, rocky points, weedbeds) Raquette River Reservoirs (27 mile stretch w/setting of largest inland hydroelectric in Northern NY, picnic areas, ramps, beaches & campgrounds)
Indian Lake (14 mile waterway, island camping, Snowy Mtn. cliffs, fire tower, hike Baldface) South Branch Grass River (part of Tooley Pond Tract, upper section to Rainbow Falls for canoeing, carry trails & around waterfalls.  Rainbow Falls suitable for expert kayakers) Lower Raquette River (14. miles between Raymondville to Raquette River Village, paddle when water levels are adequate, several sets of rapids)
Piseco Lake Area (interesting side trips, Fall Stream to Fall Lake, beaver dams, remote Vly Lake) Sacandaga Lake Area (2 lg. headwater lakes connected by sm. navigable channel, paddle up to Mud Lake or carry to beautiful Fawn Lk., several campsites) Jessup River (while at Indian Lake, meandering stream 4 mile cruise, picnic, trail to waterfall)
Cear River Flow/Moose River Plains (tucked in the mtns., isolated wilderness - brochure at DEC) Upper West Branch Sacandaga River (Class I flatwater, either direction.  Both Chub & Trout Lake have navigable outlets for side trips) Kunjamuk Creek (7 mile round trip windy river, paddle to Elm Lake)
Rich Lake & Harris Lake ( public beach for scenic 7.5 mile round trip) Schroon River (15 mile from N. Hudson to Schroon Lake, easy Class I flat water, with carry at Schroon Falls, wildlife sightings and empties into Schroon Lake) Lower Schroon River (27 miles with mix of long flatwater to some exciting Class III-IV, scout before running)
Great Chazy River (20 miles section of a 40 mile river, downstream float at Mooers and extend into Kings Bay, some motor boat traffic) Chazy Lake (4 mile lake nestled at Lyon, Johnson & Ellenburg Mtn., beach & park, firetower at Lyon Mtn.) Silver Lake & Taylor Pond (secluded lakes, dense woods, short hike to top of Silver Lake Mountain)
Ausable Point Wildlife Mgt. Area (interesting 5 mile circuit w/meanders of Ausable Delta & marshes, many species of waterfowl)    


Boating Lake Tours

Lake George Steamboat Company
Lake George, 800553-BOAT
Lake George Shoreline Cruise
Lake George, 518-668-3882

The Morgan, Bolton Landing



Indian Pipes Charter Cruises

Lake George


Lake Champlain Scenic & Historic Cruises


Lake George Shoreline Cruise, Lake George



Lake George Steamboat Company
Lake George, 800-553-BOAT



Visit our Guides for Water Rafting


Scuba Diving

Diamond Divers

Bolton Landing


Adirondack Divers Morin's Dive Center, Glens Falls, 800-924-3483
Northern Lake George Resort, Silver Bay

Jones' Aqua Sports  Willsboro, 518-963-1150

Submerged Heritage Preserve, Lake George



Lake Champlain's Underwater Historic Preserve





Be a kid again; no skills needed but just a smile.

Rafting Guide, Lake George 800-365-1050 Schroon River - a lazy meandering river w/some falls Check out our Resources for more locations

Tubby Tubes Co., Lake Luzerne, 518-696-5454

AKTO dba Wild Waters, Lake Luzerne, 800-303-9962

Beaver Brook Outfitters


Hudson River Rafting

North Creek

Sacandaga Outdoor Center





Be a ADVENTURESOME kid again; lots of guts needed.

Para-sailing ADventures, Shoreline Cruises Dock, Lake George

National Water Sports, 7 Christie Lane, Lake George, 518-668-4013

Sun Sports Para-sail Rides, Chic's Marina, Route 9N, Bolton Landing, 518-644-3470


Water Sports

Adirondack Water Ski School, Chic's Marina, Route 9N, Bolton Landing, 518-644-3470

Mike's Lake Sports, 3494 Lake Shore Dr., Lake George

Inverted Wakeboard & Waterski School, Loon Lake Marina, Chestertown


Water Slides

Aqua Adventure Waterslides at the Fun Spot Water Slide World, Route 9, Lake George Great Escape & Splash Water Kingdom, 1172 Route 9, Queensbury



                                                    Trivia:  New York State has over 800 public and private commercial marinas along its

                                                               coastal zone and connected waterways.

Chick's Marina, Bolton Landing


Chelka Lodge Diamond Point


Water's Edge Marina

Bolton Landing

Lamb Bros Inc.

Bolton Landing


Dockside Landing Marina


Hulett's Island Marina



Snug Harbor Marina




Boat Public Launches

Dunham's Bay Dock & Launch

Route 9 & Bay Road

East side of Lake George, 518-798-1718

Fischer's Marina, Pilot Knob


Rogers Memorial Park & Beach

Bolton Landing

Gilchrist Marina & Motel, Lake Shore Drive


F.R. Smith & Sons Marina

Bolton Landing


Yankee Boat Center

Diamond Point, 518-668-2862


Boat Rentals - in progress

ML Boat Rentals Beckley's Boats, Diamond Point
Mke's Lakesports Inc., Lake George Yankee Boating Center, Diamond Point


Pack & Paddle It


Public Beaches  - swim safely please

 Queensbury Gurney Lane Pool

Lake George, Ticonderoga


Champ Beach Park


Haviland Cove on the Hudson River

Glens Falls

  Moreau Sandbar Beach

Hudson River, S. Glens Falls

Hudson Grove

Terrace Drive, Lake Luzerne

Lake Luzerne Village Beach

Lake Ave

Luzerne Heights Public Beach

Pierpont Rd

Lake Luzerne

North Creek Town Beach

Echo Lake Beach


Rogers Memorial Park

Main Street

Bolton Landing

Veteran's Memorial Park on Lake George, Main Street

Bolton Landing

Hague Public Beach

Route 9N

Million Dollar Beach

Beach Road

Lake George

Shepard Park

Canada Street, Lake George

Ushers Park

Route 9L

Lake George

Lake George Island

Glens Falls:  City Park, Crandall Park, East Field Pool

Dynamite Hills

Route 8, Chestertown

Loon Lake Beach

Routes 8 & 9


Lake George Battlefield Park

Beach Road

Hovey Pond

Lafayette Street, Queensbury

Usher Park

Route 9N, Lake George

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

 Gurney Lane, Queensbury

Lens Lake

Lens Lake Road, Stony Creek

Hudson River Park

Big Boom Road, Queensbury

Ridge/Jenkinsville Park

(Ridge & Jenkinsville Rd.), Queensbury

Eagle Point State Campground

Route 9, Schroon Lake

Scaroon Manor Day Use Area on Schroon Lake, Rt 9, Schroon Lake

Echo Lake

Hudson Street, Warrensburg

Corinth Village Beach on Hudson River

Ford Edward Town Pool

Bradley St.

Saratoga Spa State Park

Victoria Pool and Peerless Pool




Guide Books & Maps

Adirondack North Country Resources

Rules and Regulations

Canoe Map & Topo Trail Maps

Adirondack North Country Trip Planning

Adirondack North Country Booklist

Adirondack Paddlers Map


Delorme Mapping Co.

Maptech Waterproof Charts

Lake Champlain Nautical Charts 800-638-8975

Fishing Hot Spots Maps (Lk. George & Lk. Champlain)

Empire State Marine Trades

Club Nautico Boat Rentals @ Westport Marina,


State-wide Emergency Search & Rescue/Fire Hot Line 518-891-0235

Adirondack Waterways Guide

Boating Registrations - Adk. Park Commission, Fort George Road, Lake George 518-668-9347




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