Plan for the perfect paddling trip

As with any Adirondack adventure, make sure you're prepared for the trip and hire a guide if you're new to the sport. There are many outdoor gear shops in the area that can provide you with the equipment, guidance, and instruction for that perfect day on the water. Another way to discover the fun and excitement of whitewater paddling in the Adirondacks is by booking a trip with one of Lake Placid’s experienced guide services.

If you're looking for a different kind of challenge, book a trip with one of the Adirondacks' premier whitewater rafting companies. For a more relaxing paddling experience, try some of our flatwater paddles — you can even rent a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard from one of our downtown gear shops and hit Mirror Lake for a casual day that's packed with stunning Adirondack scenery.

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Adirondac Rafting Company - Whitewater Adventures
6440 NY 30, Indian Lake
(518) 523-1635

BOOK NOW Adirondac Rafting Company invites you to run the wild and scenic Hudson River Gorge. The gorge run is a 16 mile, 4-5 hour adventure trip with plenty of whitewater fun. Adirondac Rafting Company provides highly skilled, licensed, and fun river...

Ausable - West - Wilmington to Ausable Forks
Route 86, Au Sable Forks
(518) 523-2445

This is a long, fun, ride through scenery which has inspired artists all over the area. Class I-III+, 11 miles Putin Location @ Latitude: 44.3885 Longitude: -73.8176 Takeout Location @ Latitude: 44.44137 Longitude: -73.67545

Boreas River
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb
(518) 532-7675

Start at Cheney Pond. At the beginning there are many sets of rapids with a negotiable waterfall in season, and it ends with a long stretch of trickier rapids. In between, there are stunning photo opportunities that reminds us why there is a "Hudson...

Boquet River - Northway to Boquet
Route 22, Essex
(518) 523-2445

The Northway to Boquet section of the Boquet River sweeps under quaint bridges and features beautiful farmland views with distant mountains as a backdrop. This section is 16.6 miles long and classified as Class II-IV. Put in location: Latitude: 44.248...

Ausable - East - Hulls Falls to Keene
State Highway 9N, Keene
(518) 523-2445

The famous Hulls Falls bridge offers a "sneak peek" at the ride below. Class II-V+, 6.3 miles Putin Location @ Latitude: 44.2346 Longitude: -73.794 Takeout Location @ Latitude: 44.27899 Longitude: -73.79001

Ausable - West - ADK Loj to Rt 73
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This has stunning High Peaks scenery. If you also want to hike, you are very close to the famous "trailhead central" at Heart Lake, home of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Class III, 6.5 miles Putin Location @ Latitude: 44.19089 Longitude: -73.9563...

Boquet River - Beaver Meadow Brook
Route 9, Elizabethtown
(518) 523-2445

The Beaver Meadow Brook to the Northway is a section of the Boquet River that offers an intriguing mix of easy and slightly challenging sections through some delightful scenery. Remember, this is another one of our north-flowing rivers. This section...

Ausable - East - Keene to Upper Jay
Rt 86, Keene
(518) 523-2445

This stretch of river has become famous not only for its rapids, but also for the covered bridge which spans the river. Class II-III, 6.3 miles Putin Location @ Latitude: 44.27899 Longitude: -73.79001 Takeout Location @ Latitude: 44.33499 Longitude: -73.

Ausable - West - Monument to High Falls
Route 86, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This stretch has many drops... even a near vertical! Class III-IV+, 3.5 miles Putin Location @ Latitude: 44.31128 Longitude: -73.91579 Takeout Location @ Latitude: 44.34791 Longitude: -73.87554 River photo courtesy NE Waterfalls. See their post about it.