Located in Northern New York, about four hours north of Manhattan, and with over six million acres in 12 combined regions, the Adirondacks area offers more than 3,000 lakes and ponds and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams for paddling lovers.


The mighty Hudson River begins from the New York’s highest peak, Lake Tear of the Clouds at Mt. Marcy, and runs 275 miles to NYC and on to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, Henderson Lake is open to public for paddling and fishing. It’s a deep, clear lake with amazing views. The Upper Hudson River has a generally calm flow and remote beauty, but there are occasional rapids that can go up to Class III.


What’s the favorite paddling area in the Adirondacks? Most paddlers choose the St. Regis Canoe Area, an area designated by the state of New York that offers peaceful waterways and delightful canoeing. The famous “Seven Carries Route” that goes through St. Regis Canoe area is nine miles from Little Clear Pond to Paul Smith’s Hotel, traversing seven ponds and three lakes. Six short portages connect these small Adirondack ponds and channels.


South of the St. Regis Canoe area, you will discover more places that are popular with paddling lovers. The Saranac Lakes Chain is 17 miles of continuous waterway connecting Upper Saranac Lake and Middle Saranac Lake, with only a half-mile carry. The route can be extended to Lower Saranac Lake and to the Village of Saranac Lake where the Saranac River begins. You’ll find campsites along the shores - all sites are boat access only - and a fee is charged for campsites on the Lower and Middle Saranac Lakes. Lower Saranac Lakes is also a popular destination for SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding, which originated in Africa, while the contemporary form originated in Hawaii) with great views and plentiful islands to visit.


Every early September, the colorful Adirondack Canoe Classic attracts paddlers from across the country. It is a 90-mile flat-water race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. The race is open to all abilities, ages, and classes of canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards.



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