Canoeing & Kayaking

The Adirondack Lakes Region is famous for offering a year-round destination for Adirondack outdoor activities. Journey to the heart of the Adirondacks and discover more than 600 waterways that beckon with untold adventure. Paddle pristine rivers, swim in deep lakes and fish in placid ponds. In Franklin County, sometimes the best way to travel is by canoe.

Featured Adirondack Paddles

The Adirondack Lakes Region is a Mecca for paddlers. Enjoy a quiet morning paddle around Saranac Lake or trek into the St. Regis Wilderness and experience the primal pleasure of being the only human around for miles. Travel along beautiful stretches of river and look for water birds like Great Blue Herons or Bald Eagles.

In the fall, cheer from the shoreline or race to the finish during Adirondack paddling events. The Great Adirondack Canoe Classic, also known as the "90-Miler," features hundreds of paddlers racing for 90 miles from the town of Webb to Saranac Lake over Labor Day Weekend.

Wherever your route takes you, you'll find secluded coves and spectacular vistas around each corner in the Adirondack Lakes Region.

Adirondack Outfitters & Boat Rentals

Licensed Adirondack guides and outfitters provide expertise and guidance to paddlers - carrying on a tradition that spans centuries. In the Adirondack Lakes Region, our professional, licensed guides provide expert advice on where to go, what to bring and what to expect when paddling in the Adirondacks. From the best places to camp, to the spots to avoid, Adirondack guides are always ready to help you enjoy your next paddling expedition. 

Check out Adirondack Lakes outfitters and canoe/kayak rental services to provide you with all you need for your paddling adventure.

Canoe/Kayak Routes

This is an interesting five-mile circuit which includes the wide meanders of the ...
Enjoy an easy 14-mile paddle through a series of reservoirs and channels which begins ...
A 4.7-mile cruise through a scenic corridor with fast water sections, best done at ...
State land borders the northeastern end of the lake where there are several interesting ...
This lake is an angler's dream. The irregular shoreline, midlake shoals, rocky points, ...
From Lyons Falls to the Carthage dam are 44 miles of uninterrupted flatwater winding ...
10 islands on this mountain-ringed lake recently became state land. Explore the islands ...
The lower Bog River canoe and kayak route has 7 miles of technical Class III water ...
Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far from the main road. Several sites ...
This four mile lake is nestled at the foot of Lyon, Johnson and Ellenburg Mountains. ...
Flows and bays extending out in every direction invite exploration and offer refuge ...
Starting 1.8 miles downstream from the bridge the gradient of the river changes into ...
Paddling Distance: 10 miles. Access to waterway is via .6 mile portage trail from ...
Paddling Distance: 2.7 miles. Access to waterway: Parking and launch site at the ...
This eight-mile section has a gentle drop with some fun Class II water. You will ...
From quiet water to raging rapids, we have something for everyone here in the Adirondacks! ...
Above the waterfall a winding nine-mile flatwater traverses a broad scenic marsh. ...
Paddling Distance: 3 miles. Access to canoe route via launch sites on Follensby Clear ...
The shores are mostly privately owned and undeveloped. State land borders the southeast ...
A beautiful 120-acre lake surrounded with spruce and fir. Easy access off Stillwater ...
The famous 16-mile Fulton Chain is a heavily traveled route. From First Lake to Fifth ...
The last 20 mile section of this 46 mile river is good for paddling. A downstream ...
Yes, there are two Little Long Ponds in the St. Regis Canoe Area! ...
Paddling Distance: 9 miles. Waterway access is from bridge on Pond Road (County ...
Flaming leaves, the perfect time to experience paddling in the Adirondacks. Guided ...
Hoel Pond, strictly speaking, is not part of the St. Regis Canoe Area. However, this ...
From North River to North Creek (five miles) the river flows gently with some Class ...
This 14-mile waterway is just one of the many lakes in the Adirondacks where you ...
A nice side trip while in the Speculator/Lake Pleasant area, this small meandering ...
A round trip of seven miles along this winding river may require more time than you ...
Lake Champlain is a big lake and paddlers should take precautions before planning ...
Situated between high, forested mountains, Lake George has long been a favorite vacation ...
A 12-mile canoe and kayak route from Lake Kushaqua to Osgood Pond traverses an interesting ...
This beautiful lake has 17 primitive campsites, 7 islands, tall white pines and sandy ...
This spectacular stretch of the Grass accommodates a range of paddling skills. The ...
Waterway access to the start of the "Nine Carries" canoe and kayak route ...
Follow waterway access directions for Little Clear Pond, but instead of bearing right ...
This Adirondack canoe and kayak route is well east of the one that is near Fish Pond. ...
This river is a study in contrasts. The lower six miles has technical Class III rapids ...
The William C. Whitney Area includes Little Tupper Lake, Rock Pond and 9 other bodies ...
The prevailing west to east winds are usually to your back on this 14-mile "long" ...
Access to this waterway is gained by parking off of Floodwood Road in pull-off area ...
A nice stretch of water for all levels of paddling ability, the entire Lower Grass ...
The Lower Hudson is broad and more shallow than the previous sections. The current ...
Expert whitewater skills are required for running these 17 miles of demanding Class ...
Paddling Distance: 9 miles. Access to this scenic waterway is via Meacham Lake Outlet. ...
A gentle section of the Oswegatchie starts near Gouverneur and flows 65 miles to ...
Closer to its confluence with the St. Lawrence River are 14.5 miles between Raymondville ...
The Lower Schroon from Schroon Lake to the Hudson (27 miles) is a mixture of long ...
At the right water levels this can be an exciting eight-mile run with up to Class ...
Just getting into Lows Lake is an adventure. From the lower dam, this 11-mile paddle, ...
Paddling Distance: 6 miles. Waterway access is from Blue Mountain Road via Quebec ...
Pond-hop among the many small lakes near Massawepie Lake or paddle 8.5 miles thru ...
As you float down through this beautiful woodland valley the Moose gradually picks ...
This spectacular branch of the Oswegatchie plunges over waterfalls and through a ...
This small lake, nestled at the foot of a steep mountain, has seven designated campsites ...
This 16.5-mile paddle is a nice mix of rapids and flatwater. What starts as a meandering ...
A six-to eight-hour paddle along a slow-moving, meandering stretch of the stunning ...
From Newton Falls to Hailesboro the river drops more than 970 feet. There are scenic ...
Piseco Lake offers some interesting side trips, such as a paddle up Fall Stream to ...
The many bays of this large lake will provide hours of exploration; keep your eye ...
This Adirondack canoe and kayak route will take you from Long Lake to Tupper Lake ...
The 17-mile stretch from Piercefield to Carry Falls Reservoir offers the Raquette's ...
Start on the public beach at either lake for a scenic 7.5-mile roundtrip cruise. ...
These two large headwater lakes are connected by a short navigable channel. From ...
Above and below Lake Algonquin opportunities abound on the Sacandaga River in the ...
Sand Pond was added to the forest preserve in 1999 as part of the Croghan Tract. ...
From the top of Upper Saranac to the east end of Lower Saranac is a 17.5-mile canoe ...
The Saranac River starts out as slow-moving flatwater with one section of up to Class ...
From Union Falls Pond, this Adirondack canoe and kayak route drops rapidly. Class ...
This 7-mile Adirondack waterway of nearly continuous whitewater requires advanced ...
There is no canoe carry between Slang and Turtle Ponds, just a narrow passage of ...
The newly acquired Tooley Pond Tract includes Tooley Pond and a long section of the ...
Paddling Distance: 6.4 miles. Waterway access is via a public picnic area/beach on ...
Portage into this remote 16-mile winding flatwater. This Adirondack canoe and kayak ...
Paddling Distance: 5.1 miles. Waterway access is from Blue Mountain Road in St. Regis ...
This is a pond-hopper's paradise. Many carries are short and most canoe and kayak ...
The reservoir (nine miles long) is surrounded by wilderness areas on state land and ...
These two large lakes, connected by a wide channel, are 10.5 miles long. ...
Lake Champlain's premiere paddlesports company. We offer new and used recreational ...
This 27-mile stretch of the Raquette is the setting of the largest inland hydroelectric ...
A shallow marsh connects this canoe and kayak region in the Adirondacks which consists ...
The 12 miles from Newcomb to the Indian River is a beautiful remote stretch (bordered ...
This Class I flatwater can be paddled in either direction, making a nice round trip. ...