Paddle the coast

Lake Champlain, the nation's sixth largest lake, is easily accessible numerous boat launches and marinas. The legendary lake is a popular paddling destination for canoes, SUPs, flat water, and sea kayaks. Find any kind of experience on the water, from relaxing flat water to adventurous whitewater floats.

  • 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 both by birding and fishing. 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.

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.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

 

Legendary

Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
1862
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Snowshoeing
2716
Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 963-8668
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.
2364
Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 597-4649
The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this scenic, and tranquil, location.
Fishing
2741
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Campgrounds
2716
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: 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 here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
Fishing
1797
Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake.
Fishing
1795
Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 597-4649
The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this scenic, and tranquil, location.
Paddling
2741
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
Berrymill Pond is a scenic destination with hiking, camping, and paddling!
Paddling
1860
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
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 another one of our north-flowing rivers. This section...
Paddling
1864
Port Henry
Beach Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7123
It's a small town beach with a big presence. By being here, you increases your odds of seeing Champ! There's also a sandy beach, playground, nearby amenities, and a lovely riverside stroll through the park which contains one of the many rivers and...
4451
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (866) 843-5253
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 even consider a second carry to Rock Pond to the north.
Paddling
1790
Port Henry
Beach Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7123
It's a small town beach with a big presence. By being here, you increases your odds of seeing Champ! There's also a sandy beach, playground, nearby amenities, and a lovely riverside stroll through the park which contains one of the many rivers and...
Paddling
4451
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Fishing
2716
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (866) 843-5253
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 even consider a second carry to Rock Pond to the north.
Fishing
1790
Port Henry
Bulwagga Bay Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7500
Canoe, kayak, swim, and bird all at Bulwagga Bay! Say "hi" to Champ if you're in the area.
4019
Port Henry
Bulwagga Bay Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7500
Canoe, kayak, swim, and bird all at Bulwagga Bay! Say "hi" to Champ if you're in the area.
Paddling
4019
Ticonderoga
Montcalm St, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
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 near Fort Ticonderoga. Getting There The canoe and kayak launch is across...
Fishing
1866
Essex
Route 22, Essex | (518) 597-4649
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 and classified as Class II-IV. Put in location: Latitude: 44.248...
Paddling
1865
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Hiking
2716
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Fishing
1862
Port Henry
Beach Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7123
It's a small town beach with a big presence. By being here, you increases your odds of seeing Champ! There's also a sandy beach, playground, nearby amenities, and a lovely riverside stroll through the park which contains one of the many rivers and...
Campgrounds
4451
Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake.
Fishing
1795
Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 963-8668
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.
Campgrounds
2364
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Fishing
1862
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Cross Country Skiing
2716
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Paddling
2716
Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake.
Paddling
1795
Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 963-8668
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.
2364
Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 963-8668
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.
2364
Port Henry
Bulwagga Bay Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7500
Canoe, kayak, swim, and bird all at Bulwagga Bay! Say "hi" to Champ if you're in the area.
4019
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Paddling
1862
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: 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 here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
Paddling
1797
Port Henry
Beach Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7123
It's a small town beach with a big presence. By being here, you increases your odds of seeing Champ! There's also a sandy beach, playground, nearby amenities, and a lovely riverside stroll through the park which contains one of the many rivers and...
4451
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: 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 here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
Fishing
1797
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
Berrymill Pond is a scenic destination with hiking, camping, and paddling!
Campgrounds
1860
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Fishing
2716
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
Berrymill Pond is a scenic destination with hiking, camping, and paddling!
Hiking
1860
Port Henry
Beach Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7123
It's a small town beach with a big presence. By being here, you increases your odds of seeing Champ! There's also a sandy beach, playground, nearby amenities, and a lovely riverside stroll through the park which contains one of the many rivers and...
4451
Ticonderoga
Montcalm St, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
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 near Fort Ticonderoga. Getting There The canoe and kayak launch is across...
Paddling
1866
Port Henry
Bulwagga Bay Road, Port Henry | (518) 546-7500
Canoe, kayak, swim, and bird all at Bulwagga Bay! Say "hi" to Champ if you're in the area.
4019
Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 963-8668
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.
Paddling
2364
Au Sable Chasm
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm | (518) 834-7454
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 call the Cambrian period. Hike the 5+ miles of scenic trails, float the...
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Indian Lake
6440 Route 30, Indian Lake | (518) 523-1635
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 provides highly skilled, licensed, and fun river...
Paddling
22
Port Henry
Route 22/9N, Port Henry | (518) 546-7500
Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and paddle boats for rent. Explore the bay or cross it to visit the Crown Point State Historic Site and Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area.
Paddling
558
Indian Lake
6440 Route 30, Indian Lake | (518) 523-1635
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 provides highly skilled, licensed, and fun river...
Guide Services
22
Au Sable Chasm
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm | (518) 834-7454
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 call the Cambrian period. Hike the 5+ miles of scenic trails, float the...
Paddling
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