Kayak the Kunjamuk River

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

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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Hiking, Kayaking

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Spring, Summer, Autumn


Easy Parking
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Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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