Camp along Section 2 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Camp along Section 2 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Rate this Adventure Long Lake Boat Launch

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking

Skill

Advanced

Season

Summer, Autumn

Added by

Shawn Grenninger

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This 42.4 mile adventure takes you through several beautiful scenic locations of the Adirondacks.  Enjoy lakeside camping with stunning views, fish your way through and take a side adventure hiking Ampersand Mountain.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail with the western terminus located in Old Forge, New York and the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Main.  Section Two is a 42.4 mile journey in the Adirondacks of New York from Long Lake to Saranac Lake.  There are primitive campsites and the trail also passes through Saranac Lakes Islands Campground.  This section includes 2.8 miles of portages.

The launch in Long Lake is at end of Dock Road.  Make arrangements with a local outfitters for your vehicle.  

The adventure begins with a 9.5 mile paddle on Long Lake and then into Raquette River.  As you wind down the river you will eventually come to the 1.3 mile Raquette Falls Carry.   

Once back on Raquette River you will follow until Stony Creek and paddle the snaking creek upstream into Stony Creek Ponds and to Indian Carry.   This 1.1 mile portage takes you to Upper Saranac Lake.  Bartlett Carry will lead you to Middle Saranac Lake.

There stunning campsites along Middle Saranac Lake which are part of the Saranac Lake Islands Campground.  Reserve a spot on Middle Saranac and take a side adventure as the hike to the summit of Ampersand Mountain can be accessed from the south east end of the Lake. 

The next several miles will take you through Saranac River and Lower Saranac Lake and two locks which is a unique experience.  The lower locks will lead you into Oseetah Lake and continue to Lake Flower and into the town of Saranac Lake.

If you utlized St. Regis Canoe Outfitters as your shuttle service, stop by their shop and take advantage of their facilitites, get a hot shower before hitting town for a post-adventure beer.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Activities

Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking

Skill

Advanced

Season

Summer, Autumn

Added by

Shawn Grenninger

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