Kayak the Kunjamuk River

Kunjamuk River

Kayak along this beautiful river to a mysterious cave!

This paddle begins in Speculator, there is a very large area for parking across from the public beach. Feel free to take a dip in the beautiful Lake Pleasant while there! There is a public bathroom and a park here.

There is a small launch area you cannot miss on the outlet of Lake Pleasant, the Sacandaga River for a 1.6-mile paddle to Kunjamuk Bay. Once you reach the bay the Sacandaga river continues east. You will cross the bay and see the narrow entrance into the Kunjamuk River. There are a few beaver dams along the way you can easily get through them.

The channel is fairly narrow. You will see many beautiful wildflowers, ducks and turtles. During the right times keep a watchful eye for a Moose! Continuing on 1.7 you will pass under a logging-road bridge. It is here that you can pull ashore on the left for a 0.4-mile walk east to the Kunjamuk Cave.

This cave was dug maybe thirty feet straight into exposed bedrock. A skylight lets in sunlight. No one knows who dug the cave, speculation says mineral prospectors.

Once you return to you kayak you can choose to return for a shorter trip or you can continue along the river. You will soon reach another logging bridge to pass under. A few more mile of paddling and the river will spread out and widen into Elm Lake. This is 6.5 mile from your put in. You venture further if you like otherwise return for a 13 mile roundtrip!

Pack List

  • Kayak
  • Life Jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Cold Beverages
  • Snacks
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Activities Kayaking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Awesome.

Awesome kayak and short hike. Easy enough with a lot to see. Had to go around one good size beaver dam. We didn't have time to go past the bridge to Elm lake but from what we seen going up to the bridge, I'm sure it was spectacular.


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