Either location is an excellent choice to put in your canoe or kayak, but expect to pay a small day-use fee at the gate if you use the state campground. When the campground isn’t open in the off-season launching in this location is free of charge, but the gate might be closed increasing the length of the portage.
Once on the water be sure to explore the outlet of Rich Lake and maybe even head into Rich Lake for an extended paddle. Explore a bit downstream along the Hudson River, but be very careful there are many rapids that you may or may not want to challenge. Take a mid-day break by accessing either the campground or the town beach.
Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length:
How to get there:
From Exit 29 off I-87 follow Blue Ridge Road to Newcomb and take a right onto Route 28N. Head into Newcomb and locate the access road for the Harris Lake State Campground on the right and follow this to the campground, day use fees will apply. The other access point is a bit further up Route 28N at the town beach area, where there is a public launch.
Type of launch:
Both are less than 100-feet
Type of water:
Harris Lake can be very choppy in windy conditions, for the best time to paddle visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Motorboats are allowed.