Best Paddling in the Adirondacks

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nothing exemplifies an Adirondack adventure like a canoe gliding along the water, but with more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, and more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, where do you go for the best experience?

On the large scale, there’s the Fulton Chain of Lakes, eight lakes creating 16 miles of paddling enjoyment. The Fulton chain begins at Old Forge Pond then travels one mile to first lake through second, third and then a channel to fourth lake lake past eagle bay towards Inlet about 10 miles towards fifth lake. From there you need to portage to sixth and seventh lakes, then portage to Eighth. For the truly adventurous, a one-mile portage takes you to Raquette Lake and the northern routes.

The North Branch of Moose River is the epitome of a relaxing Adirondack Adventure. Small Sandy Beaches dot the banks and are ideal for picnicking and swimming. You can also spot a variety of wild life, including deer, otter and herons. Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company offers daily rentals, as well as a shuttle from their location to the River. Mountainman starts every season with new (and the most comfortable) canoes and kayaks to help insure a pleasant river trip.

Scattered across the majestic landscape of mountains and hills are backcountry ponds that are the perfect place for relaxing flat water paddling along breathtaking scenery. Lighter canoes and kayaks are recommended, however, as you will no doubt want to spend time portaging between the bodies. 

Moss Lake, nestled at the foot of steep mountain, right past Inlet, provides a beautiful and quiet half day paddle, where you may spot nesting osprey and loons. An observation deck with built-in benches located on the lake shore can be reached by the accessible trail providing a spectacular view of the lake. 

Make it a more moving adventure with treks along the Marion River and the Raquette River. Take in the varieties (and smells) of wildflowers along the banks and delight in the birds and other wildlife that are there to greet you. 

Wherever you Adirondack Paddling Adventure takes you, enjoy your evening under the stars at Old Forge Camping Resort or at Old Forge’s Premier Hotel, Water’s Edge Inn.