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  • Paddling in the Tupper/Saranac Area

    We'll be up in the area next week and I'm looking for a few paddle possibilities. We've already done many paddles in the area so I came up with a few that we have not done. For the trip I am planning, there would be four of us in a 16-foot Royalex canoe. We would like to do paddles with an emphasis on short/easy, prettiness of the waterway, views and a place to stop for lunch and/or swim.

    1) Launch at Axton, through Stony Creek Outlet, then up Ampersand Brook as far as we can go before turning around. Can we go very far?

    2) Chubb River near Lake Placid. Are there places to swim?

    3) Launch at Saranac Lake Islands Campground and paddle downriver, through the locks, then find a trailhead to Owl and/or Pine Pond where we'd go for a swim. Is there a decent trailhead/trail from Oseetah Lake?

    I would like to know if anyone has any comments on any of these.

  • #2
    I just did the Ampersand Brook.
    I made it about a mile upstream from the bank to bank deadfall, you can’t miss it!
    Too bad for me, I was caught in some nasty storms, lest I could have gone farther.
    I launched from Axton Landing, but should have put in at the Corey Rd bridge over Stony Creek, I much prefer intimate waters. Be sure to bring something to keep the deer flies off of you, they’re relentless.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by stripperguy View Post
      Be sure to bring something to keep the deer flies off of you, they’re relentless.
      I'll just be sure that my wife is sitting up real high...

      Thanks for the info!

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      • #4
        I’ve also paddled way upstream on the Chubb, plan on lots of beaver dams and ever improving views. I parked and launched behind the firehouse.

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        • #5
          A little north of Saranac Lake is Moose Pond, drive to the pit in, bunches of paddle to primitive campsites, great views.

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          • #6
            I stayed near the Chubb River off of Averyville Rd. and found some nice swimming holes north of Averyville (downstream from the dam). I walked the stream quite a ways, almost to Old Military Rd. and there were several pools for a nice dip.

            We were hoping to be able to paddle but that didn't pan out, no place upstream of Averyville Rd. and the reservoir north of the road was just not big enough to warrant putting in. Since it would have involved a drive, we didn't try paddling northeast of Old Military Rd. and went places we figured had more to offer.
            Last edited by Banjoe; 07-08-2021, 12:21 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by stripperguy View Post
              A little north of Saranac Lake is Moose Pond, drive to the pit in, bunches of paddle to primitive campsites, great views.
              Looks like a nice location. What is the access road like? Is there a carry to the put-in? Thanks.
              "Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing."
              - Henry David Thoreau

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              • #8
                Drive to the put in on secondary roads and maintained dirt road
                There’s an actual boat launch, so there might be a small fishing boat there from time to time.

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                • #9
                  Thanks! I did some research too. It looks like a good destination.
                  "Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing."
                  - Henry David Thoreau

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                  • #10
                    At the south end of Moose Pond, on the northwest shore, there is this nice picnic spot on a rock ledge with very good deep swimming. You can also reach this from Route 3 by trail. No camping allowed here.
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                    The view from this rock ledge is fantastic!
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                    There are 6 campsites on the lake, although DEC maps show 7.

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