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Our Favorite Spots for Adirondack Paddling

With over 3,000 lakes in the Adirondacks, it's not hard to find a favorite place to paddle during your High Peaks vacation.

Published: 04/09/2021
couple kayaking on mirror lake, lake placid, NY

Enjoy a leisurely float on a gorgeous mountain lake or make room for dinner at Dancing Bears Restaurant with a vigorous workout. With so many options, it's easy to go at your pace, and no matter where you choose to paddle, you'll dis-lodge and re-sort surrounded by spectacular scenery in a setting you'll remember for years to come.

What are Lake Placid locals' favorite spots for paddling?

No one knows these waters better than the people lucky enough to call the Adirondacks home, so we asked the team at High Peaks Resort where they like to get out on the water. Here's where they recommend taking your boat or board for just a few hours or a full day!

  • Mirror Lake
    Right in the center of town, Mirror Lake has everything you could want. Beautiful mountain views, interesting shoreline sights, and when you stay at High Peaks Resort, you have access to our complimentary kayaks, pedal boats, and paddleboards. Stay in our Waterfront Collection and your access to Mirror Lake gets even easier!
  • Lake Placid
    You'll need more than one day to explore all of this mystical lake. With a shoreline dotted by over 200 historic homes of the Adirondack Great Camp era, Lake Placid is home to loons and osprey and presents magnificent mountain views - including Whiteface Mountain. There are so many great coves and inlets to explore as well.
  • Lake Flower
    With the launch and dock located right in downtown Saranac Lake, Lake Flower is a great place to get a feel for local culture and history from a completely different perspective. Take in views of the vintage Victorian homes, lakeside summer camps only accessible by boat, and epic mountain range wilderness. Paddle through the lower locks and you'll be connected to Lower Saranac Lake. A fantastic inlet to an all-day adventure!
  • Lake Colby
    With plenty of shoreline to explore for its size, this gem of a lake boasts four distinct bays and a public beach for swimming and sunning after a morning paddle. (And for the ice anglers out there, the annual Colby Classic is definitely a can't miss!)
  • McKenzie Pond
    So close, yet it really feels like you are in the wilderness. The nooks and crannies along its shoreline are a great place to paddle your day away.
  • Moose Pond
    It might be part of the Wild Forest according to the NY State DEC, but Moose Pond is a popular spot among visitors and locals alike. With 3.3 miles of canoe carries, there is plenty of room for everyone to adventure to the max.
  • Lake Everest
    Formed by a dam on the west branch of the Ausable River, you'll discover different habitats from cattail swamp and backwater slough, to open river and floodplains on this lake - and with a variety of habitats comes an incredible variety of wildlife!
  • Lower Cascade Lake
    Boating some of the most impressive vistas in the Adirondacks, enjoy breathtaking views of a cascading waterfall dropping 100 ft down from Cascade Mountain and birch trees everywhere. Be sure to wave to the rock climbers on the surrounding cliffs as you go by!
  • Upper Cascade Lake
    Take a stress-releasing paddle and then enjoy a dip in the cool, crisp refreshing waters of this lake. Follow it up with a scenic picnic and you'll come away renewed and ready for your next High Peaks adventure!

Can I rent outdoor equipment while I'm in the Adirondacks?

Don't have a kayak or canoe? No worries! Adirondack outfitters like High Peaks Cyclery can make sure you have everything you need for adventure. And, don't forget as our guest you get complimentary use of kayaks throughout your stay!

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Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy the breakfast of your choice at the world-famous Dancing Bears Restaurant for each person each day!

Family on paddle boat on Mirror Lake
Dis-lodge and Re-sort

With comfortable rooms and amenities and options to fill an entire season, you can do almost anything... or absolutely nothing.