CANOEING In The Adirondacks: Day PADDLE TRIPS
Adirondack Connections is available for guided canoe trips in the northern Adirondack region. Whether you are a solo
traveler, couple, family, or small group of friends (up to 6 people), we would be happy to help you plan an experience based on your desires
and ability level at a time that works for you. We are available for trips most weekdays and Saturdays late April, May and early June.
We offer some scheduled day trips July, August and September. For those interested in arranging their own paddle experience with us,
we recommend making advance reservations for trips during the summer and fall seasons. The locations for most of our trips include waters around the
villages of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Paul Smiths, Lake Clear, Lake Placid, Long Lake, Newcomb, Raquette Lake & Blue Mt. Lake.
If you are interested in planning a trip with us, please submit a
Plan A Trip form.
Let us know how long you would like to be out (hours to several days), what your interests are, the number of people in your group, etc. and we'll
provide you with some trip suggestions and options. Trip details, directions to the meeting point, a packing list and other pertinent trip information
will be provided once a trip is decided upon and reservations are made. Please contact us with any questions you may have, for more information, pricing,
trip suggestions and/or to make reservations for an experience of your choice. Last minute inquiries are welcome and subject to availability. Visit us on
Facebook to see what we are up to, any specials we may be running, where we've been, and for trip opportunities that don't get posted
on our website.
We recommend that paddlers come prepared to have the most enjoyable day possible on the water so we have provided a list of clothing and gear that you should
bring with you.
CLICK HERE FOR the DAY PADDLE CLOTHING
& GEAR LIST. We generally meet at the determined meeting point for trips 9:30-9:45 AM.
Trip lunches can be provided with advance notice if desired.
Follensby Clear Pond - Green Pond - Polliwog Pond - Little Polliwog Pond - Horseshoe Pond:
This is a leisurely loop trip offering opportunities to visit a variety of quiet little ponds in the Saranac Lake Wild Forest Area. Each glacial pond has its own
unique character and we expect to see a few loons along the way. There are short portages connecting the ponds. We plan to explore 2 or 3 of these ponds.
Follensby Clear Pond - Polliwog Pond - Middle Pond - Floodwood Pond - Fish Creek - Little Square Pond - Copperas Pond - Fish Creek:
This is an 8 to 12-mile loop paddle trip allowing exploration of 6 quiet ponds and a creek in the Saranac Lake Wild Forest area. Each pond has its own unique character.
There are 4 portages along this route over good terrain between the ponds. The portages are 250 yds; 0.4 mile; 0.5 mile; and 0.25 mile in lengths. A day pack makes
carrying your clothing and gear across the portages easier. It is best to put all of your loose items in the day pack during the portage.
Long, Slang & Turtle Ponds:
These ponds are located in the ST. REGIS CANOE WILDERNESS AREA. This out and back exploratory trip will be 10 to 12 miles depending on the water level/weather
conditions for the day. There are usually 2 or 3 pairs of loons who call Long Pond "home." We will put in at the Long Pond canoe access beyond St. Regis Outfitters
and explore the ponds with the option of an exploratory side trips to Pink Pond if the water levels allow such. There is a 0.3 mile portage from the parking area
to the launch point on Long Pond. The carry to Slang Pond is approx. 900 ft. Long Pond is a glacial pond with a very nice sand beach near the carry trail to
Slang Pond. The beach makes a nice lunch spot and swim area (for those who desire an opportunity for a dip).
Round Lake - Little Tupper Lake:
These bodies of water are part of the WILLIAM C. WHITNEY WILDERNESS AREA. The round-trip distance will be 7-10 miles depending on the wind/weather conditions for
the day. Little Tupper Lake & Round Lake are connected by a marshy 1.5 mile inlet/outlet where various waterfowl are often found. Eagles and loons nest in this
area also. This is planned to be an exploratory paddle trip with opportunities to view marsh and bog vegetation as well as other wildlife encountered throughout
the day. There may also be an opportunity to swim as one of the sandy beaches on Round Lake. Our actual put-in point will be determined upon arriving at the meeting
point and will be based on the anticipated weather and wind conditions for the day.
St. Regis Seven Carries:
These bodies of water are part of the ST. REGIS CANOE WILDERNESS AREA. This point to point trip will be 8 to 10 miles depending on the amount of exploring we do
and the weather conditions for the day. We will meet and shuttle vehicles before putting in at Upper St. Regis Lake. From there we will pond hop through Bog,
Bear, Little Long, Green, St. Regis and Little Clear Ponds. St. Regis Pond is one of the most beautiful ponds in the Adirondacks and has splendid views of
St. Regis Mt. Little Clear Pond is an attractively wild pond which is home to the brood stock for the Land-locked Salmon program. We will portage six times on
this trip with the portages being 150 ft., 150 ft., 0.25 mil., 0.25 mi., 100 ft., and 0.6 mile.
Osgood Pond - Jones Pond Outlet - Osgood River - Little Osgood Pond - Church Pond:
This is an 8 to 12-mile end-to-end leisurely paddle trip allowing exploration of quiet ponds, a creek, small river and hand dug channels in the Paul Smith's area.
The route for the day will be determined by the weather & wind conditions well as the group's desire. Each area we will visit has its own unique character. There
are no portages on this trip but we may have a beaver dam or two to negotiate. We may also need to wade with the boats for a short distance through a shallow area.
Floodwood, Fish Creek, Little Square, Copperas, Whey & Rollins Ponds:
This trip is a round trip circuit that goes through very attractive, wild forest lands. The paddle crosses five small ponds with 2-3 portages covering approximately
8 miles. We generally see loons, mergansers, ducks, heron and possibly an osprey or eagle. We will put in at the Floodwood canoe access before the RR tracks near
St. Regis Outfitters. Since we anticipate that parking may be limited, we are planning to car pool after finding a spot to safely park extra vehicles. There is a
0.3 mile portage between Copperas and Whey Ponds. A short 200 yard carry takes us from Whey to Rollins Pond. The final portage from Rollins back to Floodwood
is 0.2 miles and is only necessary if the outlet of Rollins Pond does not have enough water to allow passage WITHOUT DAMAGING the Hornbeck Boats. The outlet has
many rocks and stones in it.
This is a very scenic paddle offering spectacular mountain views of the surrounding High Peaks on a clear day. There are loons and beaver activity on this lake.
Don't forget your camera and a pair of binoculars! This lake is becoming more popular as people are becoming aware it is now open to the public. There is a 0.3
mile portage on a gravel road from the parking area to the put-in located on the southeast arm of the lake by a dam (outlet of Henderson Lake). On weekends parking
can be an issue as it is also a popular trail access point to the High Peaks area for hikers. We will explore the lake as well as the inlets as the water levels
will permit. The total trip distance will be 5 to 7 miles depending on the weather conditions, water levels and group's desire. There is a lean-to at the northern
end of the lake - a good destination for lunch or a snack.
Bog River - Hitchins Pond - Bog River Flow:
The Bog River is a very popular area with limited parking at the canoe access. This trip offers much variety in a relatively short distance. The paddle takes us
from Lows Lower Dam up the Bog River to Bog River Flow. There is one short portage around Lows Upper Dam. The optional hike to the overlook on Low's Ridge is
easy-moderate 2.0 mile round-trip on a nice woods trail to an open ridgeline offering exceptional views of the Bog River area and surrounding peaks. Many of
the Adirondack High Peaks are visible on a clear day. The river flows along wooded banks, low marshy shores, cliffs, a floating bog and eskers. Wildlife in the
area includes loons, eagles, herons, beaver and a variety of bog flora. The round-trip distance for this trip will be 6 to 8 miles depending on the weather plus
2 miles optional hiking.
Little Clear Pond - St. Regis Pond - Grass Pond:
These bodies of water are part of the ST. REGIS CANOE WILDERNESS AREA. This in & out trip will be 8 to 10 miles depending on the amount of exploring we do and
the weather conditions for the day. We will put in at Little Clear Pond, an attractively wild pond which is home to the brood stock for the Land-locked Salmon
program, then portage 0.6 mile to St. Regis Pond. St. Regis Pond is one of the most beautiful ponds in the Adirondacks and has splendid views of St. Regis Mt.
From St. Regis Pond we will return to Little Clear Pond and if time allows we will take a short hike to Grass Pond, another small pond in this area, before
returning to where we started. We will portage twice on this trip (the 0.6 mile canoe carry between Little Clear and St. Regis Pond.)
Hoel - Turtle - Slang - Long Ponds - Pink Pond:
These bodies of water are part of the ST. REGIS CANOE WILDERNESS AREA. This point-to-point exploratory trip will be 5 to 8 miles depending on the water
level/weather conditions for the day. We will put in at Hoel Pond paddling through Turtle & Slang Ponds on the way to Long Pond. Once on Long Pond we have the
option of a couple of exploratory side trips. There are 3 portages along this route with two approx. 0.2 mile in length. We have sighted loon, osprey, heron,
mallard and black ducks, common mergansers, eagles & deer on this trip in the past.
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