a Couple nice places, for beginners with no reservations, in the Adirondacks:
Follensbee Clear Pond; there are two road accesses into this pond right off the main highway between Fish Creek State Campgrounds and Lake Clear. There are over 20 campsites on this pond that are first come first served, no fee required. From this pond you can canoe for miles thru calm ponds and quiet streams. You can also paddle out into Upper Saranac Lake. With short portages you can connect to the St. Regis Canoe Area and all its ponds looping back to your start point. You will never be more than a half days travel from your car. And its less than half an hour from Tupper Lake or Saranac Lake Village and its stores to resupply. There is a nice general store on the main road just outside Fish Creek Campgrounds for ice, food, supplies and ice cream.
Lows Lake: You access off the road to Horseshoe Pond, which is off the main road just south of the south end of Tupper Lake. It is a nice pleasant paddle in from Lows Lower Dam thru Hitchins Pond to Lows Upper Dam and a short portage to Lows Lake. There are free sites along the route from the put-in at Lows Lower Dam to the carry at the Upper Dam and many sites from the Upper Dam along the route from there to the open parts of Lows Lake. The only restricted areas are at Sabattis Scout Camp and a private camp farther west along the north shore. You can spend a week exploring Lows Lake and come back out the same route. A fast paddling team can make it from the far campsites on Lows Lake to the put-in at the lower dam in 3 hours or less. Lows can be windy on its open parts, but sticking to the islands and using the back channels you can still travel on windy days. Its a beautiful spot, but not so easy to resupply once you are in. And there are Bears, very seasoned and smart Bears.
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