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.

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...
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...
Newcomb Lake Road, Newcomb, New York
Now this is the wilderness! Option of a horse drawn wagon for you and your canoe (fee) down a 4.5 mile dirt access road. Closed to vehicles. Explore the lake and the Great Camp Santanoni. Great views...
Main St, Schroon Lake, New York
Lovely and tranquil, the waters of Schroon Lake have been attracting canoeists and kayakers for many years. Explore the shoreline with its abundant wild life.
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