Your Adirondack Basecamp

What better way to see the beauty of the hub of the Adirondacks than a day of paddling? Whether you prefer to kayak or canoe, grab your oars, and explore hundreds of miles of rivers, lakes, and ponds.

The Essex Chain Lakes Complex is made of 18 bodies of water through three towns and two counties and includes the Hudson River. The Essex Chain Lakes provide ample opportunities for enjoying paddling, from a peaceful afternoon to a multi-day trip. Scenic campsites throughout the complex make a great way to extend your adventure.

Near the towns of Newcomb and North Hudson, the Boreas Ponds Tract is a protected wilderness with excellent views of the high peaks and some seriously pretty paddling. Boreas Ponds is easily accessible by car, while portages to other parts of the tract allow for paddling in more remote locations.

While out on the water, keep an eye out for the local wildlife — loons, deer, otters, and ducks are just a few of the animals you might spot on your journey.

Want to tag along with an expert? Click here and choose a local guide for your next water adventure.

1106 Elk Lake Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7616
Elk Lake Lodge is at the heart of a 12,000-acre private forest preserve ringed by the Adirondack High Peaks. It offers a true Adirondack wilderness experience that is rare in modern life. The Elk...
6440 NY 30, Indian Lake, New York
(518) 523-1635, (800) 510-7238
Adirondac Rafting Company invites you to run the wild and scenic Hudson River Gorge. The gorge run is a 16 mile, 4-5 hour adventure trip with plenty of whitewater fun. Adirondac Rafting...
62 Hardscrabble Road, Olmstedville, New York
(518) 251-3762
Come canoeing in the Adirondacks with Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide Service! We have been leading guided canoe and kayak trips  for over 25 years. Our guides are licensed by the state and...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
To reach the shore you will need to carry downhill on a gentle grade. The gravel grade is sloped for handicap access with two rest stops along the way. The launch is well-graded and flat for easy...
Northwoods Club Rd, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
The launch is small and a slight carry down but not steep by any means. The eastern shore is private property so please respect. This would be an excellent pond for SUP’s or learning to paddle...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 523-2445
Info: The hardest part of this paddle destination is reaching it, and that isn’t all that difficult with a lightweight boat. The portage to the pond is slightly uphill but the  ...
28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Paddling Loons, mink, pine marten, otter, moose, beaver, deer, and red fox are just some of the wildlife that you may encounter at the lake. A biking trail follows the shoreline. Size: 342 Acres....
Route 74, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Fishing Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 74 and Route 9N in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 west toward Schroon Lake. Continue to the small Hamlet of Eagle Lake and cross...
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Paddling The Boreas River in the Newcomb Area is excellent for paddling. Whitewater During the spring melt. Start at Cheney Pond. At the beginning there are many sets of rapids with a negotiable...
Route 8, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
The only access for canoe or kayak is the concrete state boat launch off Route 8. There is ample parking here, but during busy weekends it can get a bit cramped. Aside from the launch area the entire...
Blue Ridge Road, North Hudson, New York
Views of the High Peaks dominate the scene from the shore of Boreas Ponds, the 320-acre waterbody for which this region is named. LaBier Flow, Boreas River, LeClaire Brook, Casey Brook, Slide Brook,...
Route 28N, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking How to get there From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue to Route 28N and take a...
897 NYS Route 74, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Fishing This imposing lake is tucked away among hardwood hills in the heart of the wilderness. There is a surface ramp at Paradox Lake Public Campground on Route 74, 2 miles east of the hamlet of...
Route 28N, Long Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Fishing Directions to Access Point(s): From Newcomb follow Route 28N west toward Long Lake. Continue for around 9.5 miles to the access site on the right. Look for a DEC sign. Follow this short...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Fishing Directions to Access Points: Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half a mile, take a left onto Alder Meadow Road, follow it for...
Putts Pond Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
You will need to paddle through Putnam Pond and into North Pond to access the carry trail for Rock Pond. The trail is located in the northern bay and is well marked. Follow this trail past another...
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Paddling These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows. The best launch is located near the beach which is just over a small hill from the main parking area in the campground. This pond in the...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Camping Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start off point for hiking the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. Choose from interior site camping, which requires a boat for...
763 Putts Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Paddling You will need to paddle through Putnam Pond to the narrow that separate it and North Pond. From the narrows you can access the 0.6 mile portage trail that leads to Clear Pond. Clear Pond is...
East Shore Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking How to get there Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and follow Route 9 south toward Schroon Lake. Continue for 0.6 mile and turn onto Alder Meadow Road, follow that to East...
Route 30, Long Lake, New York
(518) 265-2399
Campgrounds John Dillon Park is a fully accessible campground with nature trails, campsites, and lean-to's, making it easier for anyone to enjoy a true Adirondack wilderness camping experience...
Pine Tree Road, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
The 19,600-acre Essex Chain Lakes Complex opened to the public in the summer of 2014 as a prime destination for Adirondack paddling, camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing. The region contains the...
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Follow an old access road turned into an easy trail to a camping, picnic, and launch area at the pond. The hike is quite easy and all downhill to the pond. The wide trail is colorful in...

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