Re: Advice on sections 2 and 3

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Section Two can make a nice three day/ two night trip, with the first night on Long Lake or the Raquette River, and the second night on the Saranac Lakes somewhere. I’d think that would be about the same pace as your trip last year. Adding another couple of nights and ending the trip at Union Falls Dam would make a nice and varied extended trip. Paddling Section Three in two nights/ three days would be pretty ambitious. If you plan to paddle the lower Saranac River I would *highly* recommend that you first scout at least the section below Union Falls Dam. You can park at a fishing access area along Silver Lake Rd and walk in to view Stord Brook Rapids. The NFCT map includes the following information – “CAUTION: Class III-IV skills and appropriate equipment are required to paddle from Union Falls Dam to Clayburg”. If you left a vehicle at Union Falls or arranged for a shuttle from a local outfitter you could bypass that stretch of river and continue downstream from Clayburg. Many people have camped at the Baker’s Acres Campground – basically a small RV campground, but a nice one, with hot showers and a good attitude about the odd visitor by canoe. I also recall campable locations at the top of the High Falls Dam carry, and river left before the Treadwell Mills dam. I once saw a Red-necked Phalarope feeding on mayflies on Union Falls Pond near where I was camped at Bear Point, and that campsite has been a favorite memory ever since. – Kalmia