Adirondack Forum  
Rules Membership Donations and Online Store Adkhighpeaks Foundation ADKhighpeaks Forums ADKhighpeaks Wiki Disclaimer

Go Back   Adirondack Forum > The Adirondack Forum > Paddling in the Adirondacks
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-11-2020, 03:52 PM   #1
EastOfMidnight
Member
 
EastOfMidnight's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chesapeake Bay country
Posts: 66
Row or paddle for a week?

I like to do a week or so solo trip each October or early Nov. But I have a dilemma. I'm 74 and can choose between paddling my PBW Spitfire and light gear and portage and traverse beaver dams, or row my beloved wood guide boat with plenty of space for gear (sleeping pad, larger tent, bottle of Scotch, better food, coffee pot, etc.) and avoid any overland stuff. I'm leaning toward the latter because, let's face it, I ain't getting any younger. I've done Cranberry, most of the Whitney, etc.
Cedar River looks interesting, as does Stillwater. Would CRF be a more isolated trip in mid October? Open to other secluded options as well. Thx.
EastOfMidnight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2020, 04:14 PM   #2
Wldrns
Member
 
Wldrns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Western Adirondacks
Posts: 4,332
Can you carry or wheel your Spitfire and gear for a mile? You might try Stillwater, but not necessarily the reservoir itself. Take the old logging road across the bridge below the dam. Get into Raven Lake, Lyon Lake and Bear Pond, plus excursions to several other small lakes in the area that have herd path trails. Wheels would help a great deal, at least initially. You could even wheel your guideboat into the first couple of lakes. For a shorter portage, you can paddle/row north to Site #1 in the "kettlehole" arm and pick up a shortcut trail there to join the main logging road. This will easily occupy and isolate you for a week.
__________________
"Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." -Walt Whitman
Wldrns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2020, 06:46 PM   #3
EastOfMidnight
Member
 
EastOfMidnight's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chesapeake Bay country
Posts: 66
I can easily portage the canoe. My dilemma is to find an isolated place for the guide boat which is just too heavy for me now. The trade off is take my light weight minimalist gear in the canoe and be able to portage, or take my bulky and more “luxurious” gear in the more spacious and asthetically pleasing guide boat on a single lake.
EastOfMidnight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2020, 07:02 PM   #4
Wldrns
Member
 
Wldrns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Western Adirondacks
Posts: 4,332
Stillwater itself does offer a number opportunities, especially if you are inclined to dayhike to remote sites. although it tends to get a bit windy, particularly even in good clear weather conditions. The isolated town of Beaver River is an interesting destination, with a tavern, inn, and store accesssible only by boat or modified rail car. Summertime motorboats can be annoying, but probably not so much in October. They tend to stick to the centerline "safe channels" anyway, away from shallows and ancient stumps nearer the shoreline. Your guideboat would do well there.
__________________
"Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." -Walt Whitman
Wldrns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2020, 08:18 PM   #5
montcalm
Mobster
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,476
I think you'll like either with the guideboat. CRF is really, really nice in fall. There are large mountains surrounding so you can see foliage. I'd try to hit it early to mid-October though.

My personal favorite in fall is Cranberry. Motor boat traffic is WAY down, and the foliage around the lake is spectacular. Lots of different places to camp as well, and every part of the lake is a bit different. I generally prefer the outer flows that are more remote...
montcalm is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.

DISCLAIMER: Use of these forums, and information found herein, is at your own risk. Use of this site by members and non-members alike is only granted by the adkhighpeak.com administration provided the terms and conditions found in the FULL DISCLAIMER have been read. Continued use of this site implies that you have read, understood and agree to the terms and conditions of this site. Any questions can be directed to the Administrator of this site.