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My wife and I will be in NYC in mid May next year for our son's graduation and she has suggested a little escape to the Adirondacks right after the commencement.
This will not be a paddling trip per se, but I do want to get some paddle time in there. I am looking for suggestions for canoe or kayak day trips, whether out and back or point to point with transportation from an outfitter, etc.
It needs to be something easy because my wife is neither athletic nor a paddling enthusiast, but she will go along for an easy and pleasant scenic paddle.
So I guess what I would like to know is:
1. Lakes or rivers that are scenic, easy and accessible.
2. Outfitters to rent boats from and provide transportation.
3. The kind of weather we may encounter in mid to late May and what to wear (we live in Texas and are totally ignorant about what to expect).
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Posted by: richardp on Aug-06-12 12:49 PM (EST)
Hi. From NYC it is about a 3.5 hour drive to the southeren Adirondacks (Lake George area) and about 5.5 hours to the St Regis Canoe Area. If you have the time,I think the SRCA should be someone's first trip. Pick up the book Quiet Water Canoe Guide: New York for excellent descriptions of canoeing in the entire region. The outfitters in Saranac and Tupper lakes do complete outfitting, car tranport, and rent excellent canoes and kayacks. St Regis Canoe Outfitters even does food. The weather is cool at night (can go down to the upper 30's) and you may encouter black flies. There are excellent lodging and shopping options in and around Saranac Lake too.
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Posted by: Canuka on Aug-06-12 3:23 PM (EST)
Why do you think St. Regis is better for a first timer?
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Posted by: richardp on Aug-06-12 5:54 PM (EST)
Outfitters in the Adirondacks|
Posted by: yknpdlr on Aug-06-12 5:34 PM (EST)
Posted by: richardp on Aug-06-12 5:59 PM (EST)
One more (in Saranac Lake), Adirondack Lake and Trails Outfitters
Posted by: Canuka on Aug-07-12 8:40 AM (EST)
I will check all these contacts out.
Posted by: richardp on Aug-07-12 10:20 AM (EST)
I have used them all and they all do a great job. Mountainman is near Old Forge, not the SRCA.
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Posted by: plaidpaddler on Aug-07-12 11:23 AM (EST)
Weather- It can be 80 degrees in the afternoon or it can snow. Rain will be cold. Bugs will be out. Nothing like the mosquitoes in Texas, just very tiny black flies, lots of them.
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Posted by: cooper316 on Aug-29-12 11:07 AM (EST)
There are some nice sections as part of the Adirondacks that are detailed in www.NorthernForestCanoeTrail.org. The Fulton Chain from Old Forge to Lake Four is pretty busy with motor boats in the summer, and there are portages too, which you may not wish to deal with at all. The Saranac Lakes are beautiful (State Campsites on Middle and Upper) that are water access only and the Saranac River contains two locks which are kind of neat to experience. I'd recommend the Long Lake to Saranac Lake via the Raquette River, but there's a pretty big portage along the way (1.3 miles) that could be a relationship-breaker. Nice beach at the end, though. We LOVE paddling in this area. You'll have a great time where ever you end up. And yes, St. Regis is nice too.