Paddling

Lake Champlain, the nation's sixth largest, is easily accessible from the Adirondack Coast's prevalent boat launches and marinas, and is a popular paddling destination for canoes, SUPs, flat water, and sea kayaks. The region offers a wide range of paddling experiences, from serene flat water escapes to rushing whitewater. 

  • Backcountry ponds are ideal for exploration via canoe, kayak or SUP (standup paddleboard). 
  • The region's smaller rivers are navigable with small flat water and whitewater kayaks. 
  • Area attractions offer another great way to paddle - rent a canoe at Fort Ticonderoga and experience history from a water perspective or take a raft ride at the Ausable Chasm.

Paddling is a great way to experience Adirondack wildlife, birding, and to fish. Guides and boat rental services are available throughout the region, let area experts help create a trip that’s right for you!

View some great paddling options below.

Boquet River - Northway to Boquet

The Northway to Boquet section of the Boquet River sweeps under quaint bridges and features beautiful farmland views with distance mountains as a backdrop.

16.6 miles long. Classified as a...

Location: 
Route 22, Essex, 12936
Putnam Pond and North Pond

These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows. The best launch is located near the beach which is just over a small hill from the main parking area in the campground. This pond in the summer...

Location: 
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Tanaher Pond

How to Get There

From the intersection of CR 6 and CR 7 in Mineville follow CR 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for around 3-miles to a faint dirt access road on the right...

Location: 
CR 7, Mineville, 12956
Eagle Lake

How to Get There

From the intersection of Route 74 and Route 9N in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 west toward Schroon Lake. Continue to the small Hamlet of Eagle Lake and...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
Berrymill Pond

Wild cranberries, pitcher plants, bears and great Northern water snakes are what may greet you on this paddling adventure. Mountain lions? Really? Maybe? Trails, lean-to's, terrific views of the...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Long Pond

The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this most scenic, and tranquil, location. Size: 400 acres. Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Yellow Perch.

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Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
Boquet River - Beaver Meadow Brook

The Beaver Meadow Brook to Northway section of the Boquet River offers an intriguing mix of easy & slightly challenging sections through some delightful scenery. Remember, this is another one...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
Lincoln Pond

How to Get There

From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Elizabethtown follow Route 9N toward Westport. Continue for just under a mile to Lincoln Pond Road on the right. Follow...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Port Henry, 12974
Clear Pond

You will need to paddle through Putnam Pond to the narrow that separate it and North Pond. From the narrows you can access the 0.6 mile portage trail that leads to Clear Pond. Clear pond is as...

Location: 
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
La Chute River

An easy paddle with lots of scenery!

This is the lower part, after the falls in Bicentennial Park. After the dramatic drop there, the river slows down to make its way to Lake Champlain via...

Location: 
Montcalm St, Ticonderoga, 12883
Jabe Pond

How to Get There

From the Ticonderoga traffic circle, head south on Route 9N. Continue for 1.5 miles past the intersection of Route 9N and Route 3 and locate Split Rock...

Location: 
Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
North Pond

Migratory songbirds, broadwinged hawks and porcupine may be some of the wildlife that you may see from the peacefulness of your canoe. Quiet, relaxing spot. Stay at the great victorian inns and...

Location: 
Mountain Springs Rd, Westport, 12993
Mill and Murrey Ponds

How to Get There

From the intersection of CR 6 and CR 7 in Mineville follow CR 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for around 3-miles to a faint dirt access road on the right. This is a very...

Location: 
CR 7, Mineville, 12956
Bulwagga Bay Park
Location: 
Bulwagga Bay Road, Port Henry, 12974
Champ Beach Park
Location: 
Dock Lane, Port Henry, 12974
Russett Pond

How to Get There

From the intersection of CR 6 and CR 7 in Mineville follow CR 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for around 3.5 miles to a fairly large dirt pull off on the...

Location: 
CR 7, Mineville, 12956
Putnam Pond State Campsite
Location: 
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Bulwagga Bay RV Resort & Campground

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and paddle boats for rent. 

Location: 
Route 22/9N, Port Henry, 12974
Snug Harbor Marina




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Snug Harbor Marina,...

Location: 
92 Black Point Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
Lincoln Pond Campground
Location: 
County Rte 7, Elizabethtown, 12932