Upper Cascade Lake, the smaller of the two Cascade lakes in the Adirondacks, offers a nice relaxing paddle on the water. With Route 73 right on the shore, it isn’t often super quiet, but it is soothing. The east shore, near the south end and inlet, offers a lovely small waterfall. In the spring it is much more noticeable, but even in the summer, it can be enjoyed as it comes down off the shoulder of Cascade Mountain. Combine the day with Lower Cascade Lake to lengthen you outing. The outlet between the two cannot be paddled.
Size in length:
Just under 0.5 miles
How to get there:
From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue on Route 73 for 9-miles to the parking/picnic area between Upper and Lower Cascade Lakes.
Type of launch:
Short carry of less than 100 feet
Type of water:
Flat, well-sheltered, and usually calm. Often winds come in from the northwest, but it doesn’t seem to effect this lake as much as Lower Cascade Lake.