Northern Forest Canoe Trail Kiosk Added to Plattsburgh Riverfront

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – A new information kiosk for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) was unveiled Tuesday during a dedication ceremony on the Saranac River in Plattsburgh.


"This kiosk will give residents and visitors a taste of the great lake and river paddling on the trail between the Adirondack Mountains and Plattsburgh," said NFCT Executive Director Kate Williams. "This site also acts as a gateway to canoeing and kayaking on Lake Champlain and the eastern half of the NFCT."


The kiosk is located at the Green Street Boat Launch on the south bank of the Saranac overlooking Lake Champlain’s Cumberland Bay. The post and beam structure was built by trail volunteers and employees of the Maintenance and Operations Department at SUNY Plattsburgh. It has a roof protecting an information panel that describes the 147-mile New York section of the trail, and the remainder of the 740-mile canoe and kayak route through Vermont, southern Quebec, Canada; New Hampshire and Maine.


The NFCT travels the entire length of the Saranac River from the village of Saranac Lake to Plattsburgh. It is the longest inland water trail in the northeast, and follows the traditional American Indian travel routes of the region. The dedication took place on the day marking the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival by birch bark canoe on the lake that now bears his name.

Portage trails linking rivers, streams, lakes and ponds; waterside campsites, and public and private campgrounds make it possible for paddlers and fishermen to spend a weekend, week or more exploring the trail and the communities it flows through.


The western terminus of the trail is in Old Forge, New York, on the Fulton Chain of Lakes. Other NFCT New York kiosks are located in Saranac Lake, Long Lake, Inlet and Old Forge.

To learn more about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail visit or call 802-496-2285.


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