Canoe from Long Lake to Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks

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Canoe ~40 miles from Long Lake to Tupper Lake via the Raquette River and camp along the way. Includes 1.3 mile portage and a short walk to scenic waterfalls.

This is a 3-4 day adventure that begins with part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  

Rent a canoe at a local outfitter and make arrangements for your vehicle shuttle. They will drive your car to the end point of the adventure. A couple of options include St. Regis Canoe Outfitters and Raquette River Outfitters. Be sure to pick up a Paddler's Map of the area, which will show all of the numbered primitive campsites in the area.

Then head to the boat launch at Long Lake, which is at end of Dock Road. The paddle on Long Lake is about 10 miles, and then it will lead you to the Raquette River. Your pace will determine where you decide to camp along the way, and it will be easy to see the numbered campsites from the canoe. 

At some point down the river you will come across the 1.3 mile canoe carry on the right to circumvent the Raquette waterfalls. It is very clearly marked with big signs and is easy to debark in time. There isn't much elevation gain along the carry, and there is a lean-to along the way which is a good spot to take a break and walk to the waterfalls. 

After the portage, take a dip in the water and hang out on the big boulders. Then hop back in the boat and continue on the Raquette River to your next campsite. 

On the last day, continue along the Raquette, which will spill out into Simon Pond. From there head toward the bridge and pass under it toward Tupper Lake. If it's windy, the paddle through Simon Pond to Tupper Lake will be more grueling than floating down the river so take that into consideration when setting your pace for the day.  

End the adventure at the Moody boat launch in Tupper Lake to pick up your car and revel in your paddling accomplishment!

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