World-class paddling awaits

Did you know that the flat water paddling in Lake Placid is some of the best in the country? The Adirondacks are dotted with more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, so break out your canoe, your kayak, your SUP (stand up paddle board), your inflatable watercraft, or rent a kayak in Lake Placid, and enjoy what the Adirondack flatwater tour is all about.

Forget the 9 to 5 and the rush hour traffic; take in the fresh mountain air, pristine water, wildlife, and the sound of you paddle moving through the water. They are all things that are simply Adirondack. When you’re here it’s your time — how will you spend it?

  • A couple of hours paddling quietly on the glassy surface of Mirror Lake?
  • An afternoon of fishing or touring one of the area's many lakes, rivers, and ponds?
  • Exploring the shoreline of Lake Placid, a visit to an island lean-to for a picnic, an overnight retreat, or perhaps cliff diving with your friends at Pulpit Rock?

Kids and dogs are a great fit for flatwater

Easily entertain the family with a few hours in kayaks and canoes splashing around in front of your lakeside lodging. Children of all ages can be part of the family paddling adventure, and parents can share and guide this experience through the use of canoes and tandem kayaks. You’ll see dogs on these outings, too — it’s a great way to bring along the furriest of family members. 

When planning your paddle

It’s important to check the weather, know the water you are navigating, and take time to make sure you have the right flatwater paddling essentials for your trip. Many locations are accessed road side, and some require a carry of less than one-tenth of a mile. Other destinations require substantial portages, so take the time to research or ask an experienced guide before you go. Remember that with some flatwater comes motorboats, so a bit of careful planning is needed. Want a guided tour, camping excursion, or a paddling lesson? Check out a local guide service. If you are a thrill seeker or like a bit of speed in your water sports, you might want to look at our whitewater paddling section

What are you waiting for? Find that lake, pond, or river that's right for you and plan that perfect paddle in Lake Placid. And don't forget to visit our lodging page for great ideas on where to stay.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.


Seven Principles of Leave No Trace