Kayaking & Paddling

The Adirondacks of New York offer a paradise for kayakers and paddlers, with more than 6,000 miles of lakes, rivers and ponds. Whether you’re looking for wide open views, rolling whitewater chutes or glassy ponds, you'll find it here on the Adirondack Coast.

Interactive Waterways Map

Access an interactive waterways map featuring helpful descriptions of kayak and paddle routes.

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Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Get out and start paddling with canoe and kayak rentals from local outfitters near Lake Champlain, NY.

Ausable Marsh State Wildlife Management Area

Offers a complete line of paddlesport rentals

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Macomb Reservation State Park

Offers a complete line of paddlesport rentals

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Plattsburgh City Beach

Offers a complete line of paddlesport rentals

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Plattsburgh City Marina

Offers a complete line of paddlesport rentals

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Places to Kayak & Paddle

Adirondack River Rentals

Adirondack River Rentals offers a variety of paddle sports including kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing. Paddle at their beautiful location on the Ausable River or transport your equipment around the Adirondacks with their car topping equipment and services.

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Champlain Area Trails

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) creates and maintains over 50 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails in New York’s Champlain Valley that link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality. Get your hike started by downloading the CATS map today!

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Crab Island

Originally called the isle of St. Michael, Crab Island was seized in 1814 by the U.S. government for the purpose of building a makeshift hospital during the Battle of Plattsburgh. Soldiers in the hospital, however, were not to sit idle. Anyone who could walk was put to work firing canons at British ships from the shore.

A testament to fallen soldiers

Following the fierce battle in Cumberland Bay, Crab Island was bestowed the task of absorbing the dead. Both British and American, 149 in all, were buried in a mass grave on the island. Left unmarked, the exact location of the fallen soldiers’ grave is not known today.

Crab Island is a state park and maintained by dedicated volunteers. Visitors to the small island can expect to find a 100 foot iron flagstaff (circa 1903), a 50’ granite obelisk honoring the American soldiers killed in the battle (circa 1908), a small monument dedicated to the fallen British soldiers (circa 2012), and a generous amount of poison ivy. No artifacts are to be disturbed or taken from the island.

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Paul Smith's College, VIC

The Paul Smith's College VIC is dedicated to fostering connections with nature for students, local residents, and regional visitors by providing outdoor recreation opportunities, experiential education programs, and year-round art exhibitions.

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Plattsburgh City Beach

Just minutes from downtown Plattsburgh on the shores of Lake Champlain, the Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in America and boasts beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the majestic Green Mountains of Vermont.  The park features access to over a mile and a quarter of sandy beach, a dedicated swimming area, picnic tables and outdoor grills, a concession stand, kayak rentals, restrooms with showers and a nature trail.

Park Features:

  • Beach
  • Kayak rentals
  • Swimming
  • Concession stand
  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms
  • Nature trail
  • Showers

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Plattsburgh City Marina

The Plattsburgh City Marina with its shore side accommodations for seasonal and visiting boaters is centrally located steps away from downtown Plattsburgh. 

The marina facility is within walking distance of many local businesses of interest to boaters such as restaurants, bars, shops, nature trails, parks, golf courses, museums, and nationally recognized historical sites, as well as bike, kayak, and SUP rentals. 

The Plattsburgh City Marina is well located on the lake with good wind protection from a substantial breakwater which was reconstructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2010.  

Plattsburgh City Marina offers 11 bike rentals suitable for the more casual Downtown cyclist.Rental includes bike helmet, lock and optional basket! Use the Marina as your starting point for exploring

Plattsburgh's extensive bike path system and touring the city streets!

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Point Au Roche State Park

With its prime location on the northwestern shore of beautiful Lake Champlain, its protected beach area, as well as its mix of open and forested walking/hiking trails, Point Au Roche State Park is a great family attraction!

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Taylor Pond

Taylor Pond is large in size and often reminds visitors of a lake rather than a pond.  It offers a variety of water recreation opportunities and camping is available.

Physical characteristics

Elevation: 139 feet Area: 856 acres Maximum depth: 95 feet Maximum Width: .7 miles Length: 3.1 miles Thermocline: ~20-30 feet  

Recreational Opportunities

Camping Fishing Paddling Boating Beach access Swimming


Access is located within the DEC maintained Taylor Pond Campground, off Silver Lake Road, 9 miles northwest of the Town of Ausable Forks. The boat launch is a beach launch. There is a day use fee applied during open camping season, but the launch is open year round. Parking for 20 cars and trailers.

> For more information http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/71850.html

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