Paddling

Lake Champlain, the nation's sixth largest lake, 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 and are a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more and going out on an adventure.

View some great paddling options below.

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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Putnam Pond State Campground

Camping

Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start-off point for hiking in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area.

Choose from interior site camping, which...

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

Hiking

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N, Route 22 and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 toward Schroon Lake. Continue for just under 5 miles to Putts Pond...

Location: 
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Mill and Murray Ponds

Paddling

How to Get There: From the intersection of County Route 6 and 7 in Mineville, follow County Route 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for about 3 miles to a faint dirt access road...

Location: 
County Route 7, Mineville, 12956
  
Crane Pond

Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 

How to get there

Take Route 74 from Ticonderoga to Route 9. Follow Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Boquet River - Beaver Meadow Brook

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

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
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: 
Split Rock 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...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
North Pond

Paddling

This quiet, relaxing, spot is known for wildlife spotting from the peacefulness of your canoe. Look for porcupine.

Size: 30.1 Acres.

Birding

A fine choice...

Location: 
Mountain Springs Rd, Westport, 12993
  
Clear Pond

Clear Pond is as quiet a pond as you will find anywhere, and although many hikers use the trails surrounding the pond, very few access it by boat. Use the area trails to extend your adventure, and...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Putnam Pond and North Pond

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...

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

Paddling

This is the lower part of the river, downstream from the beautiful falls in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park. After the dramatic drop at the falls, the river slows down to make...

Location: 
Montcalm St, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Russett Pond

Paddling

Getting there: From the intersection of County Route 6 and 7 in Mineville, follow County Route 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for about 3.5 miles to a fairly large dirt pull...

Location: 
County Route 7, Mineville, 12956
  
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 and turn right on Lincoln...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Port Henry, 12974
  
Boquet River - Northway to Boquet

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

How to get there

Put in...

Location: 
Route 22, Essex, 12936
  
Port Henry's Champ Beach Park

Enjoy scenic swimming, camping, and picnicking on the shore of expansive Lake Champlain. You can even look for Champy, the lake monster!

Swimming

This is a small town beach with a...

Location: 
Beach Road, Port Henry, 12974
  
Bulwagga Bay Park

Paddling

Maintained by the Town of Moriah, this public beach is located within the Bulwagga Bay RV Park and Campground. Open daily through the summer from 9am until 5pm, no fee. Paddle...

Location: 
Bulwagga Bay Road, Port Henry, 12974
  
Noblewood Park

With its sweeping views of Lake Champlain, Vermont's Green Mountains, the Boquet River, and the Adirondack foothills, Noblewood Park is one of the hidden jewels of the Adirondack-Champlain region...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
Tanaher Pond

Paddling

From the parking area there is a short carry to the south to access the pond. The outlet between Tanaher and Mill ponds is too shallow and small to float a canoe or kayak. The...

Location: 
County Route 7, Mineville, 12956
  
Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake. Visitors can boat, paddle, fish, and even camp at this scenic spot. It is approximately 420-...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Adirondac Rafting Company - Whitewater Adventures

Adirondac Rafting Company invites you to run the wild and scenic Hudson River Gorge. The gorge run is a 16 mile, 4-5 hour adventure trip with plenty of whitewater fun. Adirondac Rafting Company...

Location: 
100 West Main St, Indian Lake, 12842
  
Bulwagga Bay RV Resort & Campground
Location: 
Route 22/9N, Port Henry, 12974
  
Ausable Chasm

The oldest natural attraction in the United States (est. 1870), the sites of the chasm are breathtaking. Formed of sandstone that is 500 million years old from a time geologists...

Location: 
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm, 12911