Canoeing, Kayaking and SUP

The lakes, rivers and ponds of the North Warren region of the Adirondacks offer unrivaled opportunities for paddling. Warren County offers 14 canoe access sites on the Hudson and Schroon Rivers for your convenience, while the State of New York offers several boat launch facilities in the area. Once you’ve explored the waters of North Warren visit more Adirondack waters nearby.

Canoe Access Sites Near North Warren

Schroon River – Starbuckville Dam, Country Rt. 53, Chestertown.
Schroon River – At the South Horicon Bridge, County Rt. 30 Chestertown.
Schroon River – Below Middletown Bridge, East Schroon River Road, Warrensburg.
Hudson River – At the Raparius Bridge, Rt. 8, Raparius.
Hudson River – At the Glen Bridge, Route 28, Warrensburg.

Boat Launches Near North Warren

Brant Lake – on Route 8. One mile northeast of the Hamlet of Brant Lake. Parking for 11 cars and trailers. Hard surface launch ramp.

Schroon Lake – in Horicon. Off Route 9 just north of the Hamlet of Pottersville on County Road 62. Hard surface launching ramp. Parking for 49 cars and trailers.

Overnight Voyages

There are literally hundreds of great canoe routes to choose from. You’ll want to take advantage of some of the great paddling books to bone up on the particuliars of the route you have in mind. If you’­re traveling with young children, canoe camping is much easier than backpacking for transporting the family into the wilderness. But check the length and frequency of any ‘¬carries’® along your route before heading out with the little ones.


Fun on Flatwater – An Introduction to Adirondack Canoeing
Barbara McMartin, 120 pp.; North Country Books, Utica, NY, 1995. This book covers more than 80 destinations suitable for flatwater canoeing, including lakes, ponds, quiet streams, and rivers. It contains descriptions of places to learn to canoe and covers all of the flatwater stretches on Adirondack rivers and streams – except those that require camping or long carries. This is book two in a three-part series – the other books cover hiking and camping/backpacking. All the guides in the series are intended for the young adventurer to read and learn with your help.

Quiet Water Canoe Guide – New York
John Hayes and Alex Wilson, 395 pp.; Appalachian Mountain Club Books, Boston, MA, 1996. Best paddling lakes and ponds for canoe and kayak. Complete how-to and where-to information for more than 100 scenic destinations, 49 of which are in Northern New York. Eight nature/wildlife essays accompany the descriptive text, photos, and maps.

Canoe and Kayak Guide: East-Central New York State
Adirondack Mountain Club guidebooks are available online at or at ADK headquarters, Route 9N South (Northway Exit 21) in Lake George, NY. To order by mail or phone, call 518-668-4447 or 1-800-395-8080 (M-F, 9-4, within U.S.), or write ADK Publications, RR 3, Box 3055, Lake George, NY 12845.


Adirondack Canoe Map
Published by Plinth, Quoin and Cornice Assoc., Keene Valley, NY, 12943. This large-scale map (1:31,680 scale) covers the route from Old Forge and Blue Mountain Lake to Tupper Lake and the Saranac lakes; St. Regis Canoe Area to Rainbow Lake. Shows launch sites, campsites, lean tos, portages, and adjacent hiking trails. An excellent map! Available in area stores.

Adirondack Map Series
Plinth, Quoin and Cornice Assoc., Keene Valley, NY 12943.
These 35″x 45″ maps cover larger areas than single USGS topo maps. They have contour lines and locate leantos, boat launches, and several types of trails. State land vs. private land is not shown. The scale of 1:62,500 (approx. 1 inch = 1 mile) is less detailed than USGS maps.

The Lake George region map in this series covers North Warren, and includes Lower Hudson River (North Creek south), Schroon River, Lake George, Brant Lake, Paradox Lake, and Southern Lake Champlain.

New York State Atlas & Gazetteer
DeLorme Mapping Company, Freeport, ME. 11×16 format, paper. Detailed road maps with topo contours and symbols locating features described in the Gazetteer section. Great resource for finding put-in sites and remote ponds on the many back roads of the Adirondacks.