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Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake to Fish Creek

This paddling route begins on Lower Saranac Lake and takes you into a quiet creek where you will have the opportunity to observe wildlife. Read More
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CHASM FALLS SECTION OF THE SALMON RIVER

The Chasm Falls section of the Salmon River is 0.5 mile long and has been rated as a class V+ section. The put-in is at the bend of the road below the falls on Route 27, and the take-out is at the intersection with Brick Church Road.

Putin Location GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 44.75529
Longitude: -74.21731

Takeout Location GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 44.94169
Longitude: -74.39611
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Church Pond

Church Pond is a picturesque, roadside body of water that is equally fun to canoeing or just stop for a photo. Either way, you can't go wrong. Church Pond is on Paul Smith's Conservation Easement lands, and is open for public recreation. Read More
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EAST PINE POND BOAT LAUNCH

Off Route 30, 5 miles east of Floodwood Road. Hand launching. Parking for 5 cars. Read More
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Floodwood Pond to Little Square Pond

Floodwood Pond is a popular launching point for paddling adventures. It's is remote but close enough that it doesn't take an entire day to get there. You'll only find peace and quiet here. Read More
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FOLLENSBY CLEAR POND BOAT LAUNCH

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Follensby Clear Pond to Saginaw Bay

Follensby Clear Pond to Saginaw Bay offers a variety of paddling. The trip begins on Follensby Clear Pond, which is a very clear pond with shallow water. There are great opportunities to observe wildlife along the route, including loons... Read More
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INDIAN CARRY BOAT LAUNCH

Operated by the NYS DEC.
On Route 3, 24 miles south of Paul Smiths, access to Upper Saranac Lake, south end.
Part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Beach launching. Parking for 18 cars.
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Keese Mill Road Put-in to Paul Smith's College

The lowdown Keese Mills is the site of a sawmill built in 1851 by Oliver Keese and Thomas Tomlinson. There is a dam north of the put in. The private entrance to the historic Great Camp of Marjorie Merriweather Post and the Rockefeller estate are...

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Lake Clear to Lake Clear Outlet

Beyond Lake Clear itself, the Outlet is a great place to explore wildlife and plants!

Lake Clear contour map
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Lake Colby

Right in town and totally beautiful: that's Lake Colby. Even though this lake is right in town, there is plenty of wildlife and tons of scenic views. Read More
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Lake Flower

Lake Flower is a great body of water to paddle around with no destination in mind. Best of all, it's accessible right from downtown! Read More
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LITTLE CLEAR POND BOAT LAUNCH

Operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, this is a scenic pond with access to Grass Pond and St Regis Pond via portage. Read More
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Little Clear Pond to Grass Pond

The lowdown Little Clear Pond is a fairly large pond with numerous points to explore. It is a great pond to take your time on to explore the shorelines. A sandy beach can be found on the eastern shore of a prominent rock, a popular place to picnic and...

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Long Pond to Little Pink Pond

The Long Pond to Little Pink Pond canoe route takes you into the St. Regis Canoe area. From Long Pond you have a beautiful view of Long Pond Mountain in the distance. These are popular places for fishing and bird watching, and along the... Read More
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LOWER CHATEAUGAY LAKE TO COOKS MILL

Lower Chateaugay Lake to Cooks Mill is a 12.2 mile section through a deep gorge, ranging from II-V+ during normal flows.

Put-in at the bridge at Cromp Road/Bunker Hill Road, (Latitude: 44.840774, Longitude: -74.041016)

Take-out near the intersection of Hartnett and Healy Roads, (Latitude: 44.896343, Longitude: -74.086490) where the river slows and widens.
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Lower Saranac Lake

The paddling route from State Bridge to Ampersand Bay offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the area. Lower Saranac Lake was referred to by the Native Americans as the "Lake of the Clustered Stars," which may have referred to the...

Lower Saranac Lake contour map
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MACS Canoe Livery

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Middle Saranac Lake

The Middle Saranac Lake to Lower Saranac Lake trip offers spectacular views and the chance to paddle through the manually operated Upper Locks. The route begins on South Creek where you are surrounded by bog plants including sundew... Read More
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Moose Pond

Moose Pond is a popular 140-acre pond located near Bloomingdale. Fishing, paddling, swimming, camping, and hiking are all common activities. Read More
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MOUNTAIN POND

How to Get There From Malone, follow Route 30 south. Continue to Mountain Pond Road on the left. Drive this rough dirt road to the shores..

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Considered the waterway equivalent of the Appalachian Trail, the NFCT is a 740 mile-long paddling route that starts in the Adirondacks. Read More
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OSGOOD POND HAND LAUNCH SITE

Paddling Hand Launch sites on Church Pond, Osgood Pond and Jones Pond allow paddlers to obtain access to all three waters and Jones Pond..

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OSGOOD RIVER

Paddling From Osgood Pond to Meacham Lake the river narrows, develops patches of water lilies and pickerel weed, and the banks get close,..

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PARK STREET BOAT LAUNCH

The Park Street Boat Launch is at a lively point of the Salmon River. Hand launch.

Downstream there is a wheelchair accessible spot.
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Polliwog Pond to Little Polliwog Pond

Polliwog Pond is one of the deeper ponds in the area reaching up to 70 feet in some areas. It is well known for being a great place for trout fishing. Polliwog Pond is also a great place to swim from the shoreline with its sandy white beaches. Read More
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ROUTE 374 TO COOKS MILL

Route 374 to Cooks Mill is class II-V+ along a 3.5 mile long section.
Put-in (Latitude: 44.940296, Longitude: -74.080930) at the intersection of Marble River and State Route 374.
Take-out is at the fork of the river (Latitude: 44.959087, Longitude: -74.130944).
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Saranac River to Moose Pond Footbridge

The Saranac River is a beautiful meandering river. You start right in town and drift downstream into a more wild setting. Read More
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Second Pond to Bluff Island on Lower Saranac Lake

Bluff Island, part of the Saranac Lake Islands Campground, is set aside for day use only and makes a fantastic destination for this trip. The paddling route begins on smaller ponds and gradually opens into Lower Saranac Lake. This trip... Read More
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Second Pond to the Lower Locks

Second Pond to the Lower Locks on the Saranac River is a beautiful trip that ends at a unique lock, and it is an easy paddle with lots of opportunities to observe wildlife. Read More
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South Creek to Hungry Bay via Middle Saranac Lake

The destination on this trip is a high rock face on the eastern shore of Hungry Bay, south of campsite 82. This paddling route begins on a small creek, where you are surrounded with bog plants including tamarack trees, pitcher plants... Read More
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Upper Saranac Lake

Upper Saranac Lake is the longest of the Saranac Lakes and offers supreme paddling opportunities. Read More