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 - 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
La Chute River

Paddling

This is the lower part of the river, downstream from the falls in Bicentennial Park. After the dramatic drop at the falls, the river slows down to make its way to Lake Champlain...

Location: 
Montcalm St, Ticonderoga, 12883
Crane Pond

Fishing

Directions to Access Points: Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half a mile, take a left onto Alder Meadow Road, follow...

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

Paddling

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...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
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
Port Henry's Champ Beach Park

Swimming

It's a small town beach with a big presence. By being here, you increase your odds of seeing Champ! With a sandy beach, playground, and nearby amenities, along with a...

Location: 
Beach Road, Port Henry, 12974
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
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
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
Eagle Lake

Fishing

Directions to Access Points:

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...

Location: 
Route 74, 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
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.

This section is 16.6 miles long...

Location: 
Route 22, Essex, 12936
Tanaher Pond

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
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
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
Putnam Pond State Campground

Camping

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

Choose from interior site camping, which...

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

Paddling

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...

Location: 
Putts Pond Road, 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