Adirondack Paddling Symposium set for June 16-19

Registration is open for the 2023 Adirondack Paddling Symposium, June 16-19 in Saranac Lake.

Presented by NRS and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Symposium is a comprehensive weekend of paddling instruction for beginners and intermediates, and includes course tracks for kayaks, pack boats, stand-up paddleboards and canoes. This year’s headquarters will be located at the Harrietstown Town Hall in downtown Saranac Lake.

“The Symposium aims to help paddlers build confidence and hone their skills so they can get the most out of their time on the water,” said Danny Mongno, field marketing manager at NRS and Lake Placid-based paddlesports enthusiast. “We offer a fun, safe environment for paddlers to practice their techniques and learn from some world-class instructors.”

The Adirondack Paddling Symposium begins on Friday, June 16, with introductions, meet and greet, gear outfitting, dinner and evening programming. Additional instruction takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, with optional tours on Monday, June 19.

“In addition to showcasing the incredible paddling accessible from Saranac Lake, the Symposium creates an environment where folks can connect on a social level and expand their paddling community while improving their confidence on the water,” said NFCT Executive Director Karrie Thomas.

This year’s Symposium includes a “90-Miler Crash Course,” which will cover paddling skills, course management, training, nutrition and team communication. The goal of the course is to help paddlers understand what they don’t know prior to the race. The course will be taught by 90-Miler veterans Andrew Jillings and Brian McDonnell, who will also host an evening presentation about the Adirondack Canoe Classic.

Saranac Lake and the surrounding region offers a number of excellent outfitters and paddling resources; the Symposium will draw on their support and expertise. Event partners include St. Regis Canoe & Kayak, Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters, Raquette River Outfitters, Mac’s Canoe Livery and High Peaks Cyclery. For more information, including registration, details on lodging, courses, gear rentals and more, visit or contact Danny Mongno at (518) 524-4117 or [email protected].

The Adirondack Paddling Symposium takes place during Celebrate Paddling ADK, a month-long festival featuring presentations and discussions at local establishments, river cleanups, and paddling activities on nearby waters. To learn more and for a full schedule of activities, visit