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Saranac River: Silver Lake to Clayburg

Starting under Silver Lake Road bridge and into a very challenging section of the Saranac River. After passing some small houses on river right and left, you will arrive at Teft Pond Falls, a solid class IV waterfall that should…


Saranac River: Trail Rapids

Another section of rapids on the Saranac River, immediately below Union Falls Dam, is paddled by very few people, mainly due to low water levels in the summer and the technical nature of its non-stop features during spring freshet. Though…


Saranac River: Permanent Rapids

Permanent Rapids is the first significant stretch of whitewater on the Saranac River. This 1.2-mile portion of class II-III rapids is located in Bloomingdale, about 10 miles outside the village of Saranac Lake. This stretch has an obvious portage along…


Raquette River Oxbow

Some of the best paddling in the Adirondacks can be found in Tupper Lake, and the oxbow of the Raquette River headlines a long list of beautiful, accessible trips for paddlers of all skill levels. A river’s oxbow is a…


Spencer Lake and Down Spencer Stream

In early spring or after a heavy rain, this overnight trip from the vehicle-access Fish Pond Campground on Spencer Lake outside to the confluence of Spencer Stream and the Dead River is a gem.  The lake itself is nestled between…


Fulton Chain of Lakes

This paddle follows a series of lakes through classic Adirondack scenery: forested mountains rising above lakeside cottages, Adirondack great camps, small towns, and tree-lined shores. Flatwater ponds and small shallow lakes are connected by portages. This trip starts on Old…


Seventh Lake to Blue Mountain Overnight Trip

If you’re itching for an overnight weekend trip in the beautiful Adirondacks, look no further. This one-night trip boasts views of mountains across large lakes as well as calm meandering rivers in forested environments. 7th Lake to Blue Mountain Lake…


Raquette River: Axton Landing to Raquette Falls

This 13-mile (approximately 4-6 hours depending on skill level) out-and-back trip takes paddlers upstream from Axton Landing along the Raquette River to a sandy takeout about a third of a mile northeast of Raquette Falls, a picturesque journey on Section…


The Black River Connection

Back in the beginning, our founders considered the best way to get from Lake Champlain to Lake Memphremagog in a paddle craft. There was considerable debate: the Missisquoi or the Lamoille? Donny Mullen, the first person to ground test the…


Black River: Irasburg to Coventry

This 5.5 mile (2+ hour) reach is a wonderful spring run through the farmland and forests of the Northern Green Mountains. Herons, muskrats, and mink frequent the river here. This section features a ½ mile of Class I-II “boulder gardens”,…


‘Round the Mountain: Lower Saranac Lake to Lake Flower

The ‘Round the Mountain loop is a 10-mile journey that takes paddlers from Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake to Lake Flower in downtown Saranac Lake. This trip is suitable for all skill levels. Start at Ampersand Bay from the…


Black River: Coventry to Lake Memphremagog South Bay

The lower Black River is an excellent quiet water paddle that can be done as a one-way trip, taking about 3 hours, or as an out-and-back day trip. A town park in Coventry and a state launch on Lake Memphremagog’s…

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