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Old 08-01-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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overnight paddle

looking for suggestions for an overnight paddle in the Adirondacks without any significant portages (2 kayaks).
we've done an overnighter to Bartlett Island in Middle Saranac Lake, which was really nice, but it would be nice to get away from the motor boats.

any recommendations are appreciated!

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Old 08-01-2011, 08:08 PM   #2
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Little Tupper to Rock Pond
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:54 PM   #3
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Lake Lila, with a 10 or 15-minute (3/10 mile) carry to reach the lake. Also, the Bog River, with a short carry only if you want to go beyond Hitchens Pond into Lows Lake. Also, Moss Lake, between Old Forge and Inlet, with a relatively short carry to the small lake.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:13 PM   #4
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Another option is the Raquettte River from Tupper Lake (or the "Crusher")to the falls. You can leave the kayaks and walk the portage - very nice. Camping along the river - we just made the tripmas a daytrip (from axton) and it was beautiful.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:18 PM   #5
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Hoel to Turtle and Slang

Hoel to Turtle and Slang and the relatively easy carry to Long Pond could be a bonus. There is plenty of stuff in the Floodwood area. Get the Cilly Paddlers Map if you don't already have it.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:34 PM   #6
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Do you think it's a good idea to paddle overnight? Maybe if there is a full moon, but it can be tricky to see where you're going at night on the water.

Sorry about that, it's in my DNA...

How about any of the small waters near Rollins and St Regis? There's direct access to Polliwog, Middle and Floodwood ponds from Floodwood Rd. From these ponds, you can just about throw a stone to adjacent ponds nearby...Little Square, Horseshoe, Follensby Clear. All have primitive sites, some are very private, some not.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:00 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by stripperguy View Post
Do you think it's a good idea to paddle overnight? Maybe if there is a full moon, but it can be tricky to see where you're going at night on the water.
Actually that was my first thought when I first read the OP. One of my favorite paddles is to start at midnight from Old Forge to begin the cannonball-90 (90 miler in a single day). Paddling solo in the calm waters in the middle of 4th lake in total darkness is a whole different world. Add the moon another time for yet another incredible new experience. Do it in June and you reach Brown's Tract just as the dragon's breath mist rises in the pre-dawn dusk.
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