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Old 10-09-2021, 09:33 AM   #1
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1 week, little portage trip suggestions

I was on a thru hike of the Vermont Long Trail when I sprained my knee 12 days in. I managed 27 miles on it and could not take another step. I gave it a few days and then headed to Long Lake with a friend. We took a week and paddled to Tupper Lake, and then did a side trip into Bridge Brook Pond. Now I am home and feeling quite anxious to be wasting the time off I saved up for two years to do my hike.

My wife can drop me off in the ADKS this Tuesday and pick me up the following Tuesday. Any suggestions for a trip, preferably a scenic river with little portaging, and little interruption from "civilization"? I can't do any major portaging, say not more than .5 miles.
My fall back will be a paddle around Low's Lake. I did a Low's trip last year. While I do love the area, I found it to be too crowded for my taste. There was one weekend that every single campsite was full! Granted that was in July.
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Old 10-09-2021, 06:37 PM   #2
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Lows is usually not busy this time of year.

The other options I'd suggest are Stillwater or Cranberry. Either will be quiet although you'll likely encounter the occasional motorboat.
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Old 10-09-2021, 09:59 PM   #3
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What about Little Tupper? Spend a couple of nights at different campsites and maybe head up for a couple on Rock Pond (only a short carry). I did that last May and had a great time.

Also, I believe that after this weekend, the Saranac Islands campsites revert to backcountry camping (first-come, first-served).
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Old 10-10-2021, 12:22 PM   #4
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These are all good suggestions. I was hoping for a river, but I can't find any long trips without much portaging. I have spent a lot of time in the LTL area, but not so much Saranac or Cranberry due to the high level of activity, motor boats, camping fees...
Think I will probably do a Saranc lakes trip and lolligag around for a week.
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These are all good suggestions. I was hoping for a river, but I can't find any long trips without much portaging. I have spent a lot of time in the LTL area, but not so much Saranac or Cranberry due to the high level of activity, motor boats, camping fees...
Think I will probably do a Saranc lakes trip and lolligag around for a week.
Cranberry is very quiet now as far as motor boats, and water access sites are free, always.
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Old 10-11-2021, 04:08 PM   #6
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The Oswegatchie from Inlet up river offers probably the most solitude while river paddling in the ADKs. There is one portage, a short, maybe one-tenth of a mile portage around High Falls if you make it that far up the river.

However, it's also worth mentioning that the Oswegatchie is well know for it's many, many beaver dams along the river. You'll be hauling your canoe up and over multiple dams per mile- not sure if that's something that will cause your injury to act up or not. But you can also just take your time going up the river; there's campsites all along it so you don't need to go any further up river than you want.
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I had the same thoughts about the Oz. Also if the water is low, there are some kind of sketchy spots where you have to get out of the boat in some jagged rocks with lots of deep holes. It's a difficult proposition with two good legs and it would be darn easy to hurt another. Besides dams there are sometimes trees across the river which can be very difficult to maneuver.

I know people perhaps don't much consider it, but many people have died on that stretch of river.
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Old 10-11-2021, 05:19 PM   #8
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I know people perhaps don't much consider it, but many people have died on that stretch of river.
I don't know about "many" who have died but I do know one case in particular a week or so just after I had made the trip down river. I distinctly remember a narrow deep water section with significant current where a double log had spanned bank to bank with a gap between them about 2 feet wide. Exiting on either left or right high river bank was not inviting. Traversing both logs by stepping on each while pushing my canoe across, I thought it would be awful to slip and fall between the logs into the deep current. Sure enough a week or so later I heard the report that a paddler had drowned by falling between two logs in current.
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I spent a few days at the campsite furthest downriver on the Upper Osgood and had a great time. I put-in at Osgood Pond, paddled past White Pine Camp to the river. It was a great paddle up the river to the site. The campsite is in a great location and is spacious. There is a fire ring but no other "improvements."
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