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Old 10-05-2018, 02:05 PM   #1
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Western Adirondacks overnight paddle trip

Coming up to our cabin just outside Croghan next weekend. We have been talking about doing an overnight paddle trip while there. We were thinking of something very simple like the Beaver River from Moshier Reservoir to High Falls (or possibly all the way to Croghan).
But part of me wants to get more from the trip. An area that's more remote, with possibly a hike that could be done during the day. I know there's great options around the park but don't want to drive very far to get to it.
Another possibility is Stillwater. I would love to paddle to Beaver River sometime. And hike to the firetower.
Does anyone have experience at Stillwater? Or have other suggestions for that side of the park?
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Old 10-05-2018, 02:31 PM   #2
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For what it's worth, if you head over to Stillwater right now the fire tower is currently closed. I believe it's for hunting season but nonetheless, I've now received a couple of reports and e-mails stating the trail to the tower is closed until sometime in December.
Just thought you should know.

That's all for now. Take care and until next well.

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Old 10-05-2018, 07:15 PM   #3
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Stillwater options

Stillwater Res has many places to go, however weather (wind in particular) can severely limit travel there if bad. Check other threads on this forum for more specifics.

Some years ago I hired a shuttle boat to take me & kayak up to Trout Pond where I then traveled up North to Salmon & Witchopple. The nice trail continues further. You will be unlikely to see anyone. There is a leanto (shady & fair) at the Trout Pond trailhead, but no longer one at Salmon (in spite of showing on a few maps).

I paddled back to the launch and sure did encounter some wind. Earlier in the day is typically least wind. This is big water. You could shuttle both ways.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:39 PM   #4
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Check out the Watson East triangle, north of Belfort.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:57 PM   #5
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Lots to do around Stillwater, provided you can handle the wind when it comes up on the big lake. People have died there. The Red Horse trail to Clear lake is a good one, with a reward at the unusual sight of the clarity of Clear Lake. Heading up the logging road to Raven and beyond to Lyon, then all the way to Bear Pond and the headwater of the Oswegatchie is rewarding too. It offers side trips to Muskrat, Sunshine an Mosier Ponds, all interesting to visit along with other interior ponds of Hawk, Dismal, Evergreen and Willys as good for bushwhacking. Some offer excellent fishing. Remote Pepperbox Pond is not far away if you have good navigation skills and a light canoe.
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