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squeak12 06-22-2012 10:25 PM

Adirondack Sailing
 
Hi
I am looking for a lake to sail and camp on (other than Lake George and Champlain)
Has anyone had experience sailing on Forked Lake/ Raquette/ Cranberry Lake
For example?
Any info would be great
Thanks

ScAtTeRbOnE 06-22-2012 10:48 PM

I'm not sure how suitable the lakes are up in the northern ADKS, but my father has a Catalina over on Sacandaga Lake (Reservoir). There's Northampton Beach Campground at Northville for camping as well.

ADKian 06-22-2012 10:53 PM

Never personally done it but I saw quite a few people sailing on Raquette when I was canoeing on it. Sacandaga is also a good one, it's huge.

snav3 06-23-2012 08:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by squeak12 (Post 187762)
Hi
I am looking for a lake to sail and camp on (other than Lake George and Champlain)
Has anyone had experience sailing on Forked Lake/ Raquette/ Cranberry Lake
For example?
Any info would be great
Thanks

I’ve sailed on Forked, Cranberry, Forth, Blue Mt, Stillwater and other some lakes in the ADK. I actually first learned to sail at Boy Scout camps on Massawepie and Salmon Reservoir.

The lakes up there can be a challenge with gusty and shifting winds. Winds can come and go quickly and I’ve seen more than one person run down a lake, only to have the wind die out and have to paddle back with the center board.

Forked Lake, for one is quite shallow with a lot of hidden rocks just below the surface. I wouldn’t bring anything much bigger than a Sunfish on that lake. The larger lakes are less of a problem with this, but being familiar with the body of water beforehand would be very helpful.

stripperguy 06-23-2012 08:29 AM

Squeak,

Welcome to the Forum!! Please stop by here and introduce yourself.

I have sailed and windsurfed on quite a few Adirondack lakes. I also avoid Lake George ( bad wind and too many careless motorboats operators) and Lake Champlain ( just too big!).

Raquette has excellent wind and and plenty of water depth, along with DEC maintained public campsites.
Cranberry seems to be ideal, many, many primitive camping sites, plenty of open water and unobstructed wind, though I have never sailed there.
Indian has reliable wind, but watch for rock outcroppings, submerged and exposed.
Then there's Sacandaga Lake and Reservoir, Lake Pleasant, Tupper Lake, the list is endless.

What size/type of sailboat do you have? That makes a big difference on what water to recommend...

Here's a look at Sacandaga sailing (Lake, not reservoir)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-x...76/SC_0004.JPG

chairrock 06-24-2012 11:16 AM

We have a Lightening on Cranberry. As stated above the winds can be very variable with all of the hills, islands,etc. causing winds shifts . Prevailing wind is westerly but as stated...
Our boats board is 6 feet so we stay away from the shore and marked rocks/shoals.
Sailing can be exciting as you round an island that has funneled the wind into a gale!

What type of boat are you using?

stripperguy 07-01-2012 10:31 PM

A few photos of good wind on Lake Harris...


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2...6/DSC_5665.JPG


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-g...6/DSC_5666.JPG


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-p...0/DSC_5670.JPG

AdkHikerKid 07-12-2012 09:30 PM

I don't sail but a friend of mine does and in Newcomb - Harris Lake - they have a campground and a beach and a beach further down 28nd its the public beach and not to many people go there.


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