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Old 12-29-2014, 08:59 PM   #9
ALGonquin Bob
Lake Lila - Low's Lake carry
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There will be cold water until July, so don't plan around that... just go! I always do a north country canoe trip in mid-May. If you'll be in kayaks, skip the various permutations of the Little Tupper-Lake Lila-Lows Lake-Oswegatchie River traverses (I've done them all, but in a lightweight canoe). I've had nice sea kayak trips on Lows Lake/Bog River (plenty of opportunity to paddle, and you can climb the trail up to Lows Ridge). Lake Lila begins with a carry, but is good for kayaks, and you can paddle up & back Shingle Shanty Brook or do the easy climb up Mt. Fredericka for great views. The Oswegatchie River (launch at "inlet", east of Star Lake) and Raquette River (launch at the fishing access ramp near Tupper Lake) offer up & back river paddling with no carries. Middle Saranac Lake is also nice in spring, as is the Fish Creek Ponds "wilderness" area. All of these are great paddling destinations in the Adirondacks, and are mostly tent camping, with a lean-to here and there. I might be up there too - usually the first weekend after ice-out.
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