A favorite canoe or kayak spot in the Southern Adirondacks. You're almost always guaranteed a sighting of the beautiful Heron.

At the parking area there is a dam. You can launch next to this area; the water is calm. The paddle is enjoyable with very little current. Starting from the dam, a 4 mile paddle will bring you to Lily Lake, There are primitive campsites along the way and great spots to enjoy lunch. After Lilly pond, you can continue to Dolgeville Point. Continue around the pond and head northwest this will bring you into West Lake West Lake.

At this point you can turn back for an approximate 11 mile round trip. If you are able to spot vehicles you could continue to the launch on across West Lake.

Pack List

  • Kayak
  • Life Jacket
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Activities Kayaking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Lake
Scenic

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