Kayaking & Paddling

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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.

Adirondack Waterways Guide

Your guide to the thousands of lakes, ponds, and rivers ready for your kayak, canoe, SUP, or other non motorized water craft! From multi-day paddling trip to road-side boat launches for a short adventure, there is much to be enjoyed here in the Adirondacks.


Canoe & Kayak Rentals

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

Adirondack River Rentals

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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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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