Re: May section 1 trip
I did Map 1 last June with my 10 year old daughter and it took us 2.5 days. We spent the first night on Seventh Lake, the second night at the end of the Forked Lake to Raquette River Carry in a lean-to, and ended at the town of Long Lake pretty early the next morning. The days were about 13.5, 19 and 6.5 miles. I would recommend shortening day 2 probably by lengthening day one.
If I were to plan the trip I would try to make it to the lean-to at the end of Eight Lake and the beginning of the Brown’s Tract Carry (17miles). There are lots of options if you don’t want to go this far. On day two you could plan on getting to one of the campsites on the Raquette River (15 to 18 miles).There’s a lean-to at the end of the carry from Forked Lake and several others on your way downstream to Long Lake. This would leave you a short last day. I would plan on having at least some wind issues especially on Raquette Lake which is notorious for weather problems, especially getting to Outlet Bay.
I’m from the northeast and the weather in May can be variable. Mid May is a great time to go, with any luck you might miss the bugs and see some great birds and wildflowers. This is right around the time the trees start to leaf out. Look at the forecast and bring appropriate clothing for the weather. You could have anything from frost to the 80’s.
Be ready to change plans if the original itnerary doesn’t work out. I highly recommend Raquette River Outfitters if you need a shuttle or anything else.