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Old 05-14-2019, 02:49 PM   #1
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Hi all, looking for a little advice. Going to be up in the northern end of the ADK's on Thursday & Friday, thinking about staying at Deer Valley Trails cabin, anyone have any experience there? Backup will be hotel in Malone, but I'd rather support the local places. I've never been in the St Regis area but here its wonderful for paddling. Weather cooperating, I may get a quick couple hour paddle one day and maybe a half day or so the next day to paddle. I know the water will be cold, but I assume all the ice is out? I don't have neoprene but I'll wear the best I have, perhaps the spray skirt and pack additional clothes in drybag. That said I've never capsized and I'm looking for calm waters, I'll likely be using the Boreal Designs Alvik (17') don't want anything tricky or too rocky. Any suggestion for something in that area that would give me some easy paddling and where to put in? Are the black flies out in force yet?
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:32 PM   #2
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If you only have a few hours, I would head to Long Pond. It's only a 0.3 mile carry along and old road. Long Pond is probably the nicest, easy access wilderness pond in the area.
Plenty of protected bays, nice views, quiet. The put in is as easy as it gets, a sandy beach.
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:00 PM   #3
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If you are up at Deer Valley, look into paddling the Santa Clara Flow on the St Regis River which is only 10-15 minutes from Deer Valley. Great DEC put in/ parking and virtually no rocks. Paddle up and back but do not paddle down stream below the rt 458 bridge..... rapids/ dam below. If you fish, come prepared for some toothy critters. There is a nice waterfall across and down from the put in. Pick up the Saranac Lakes/ Paul Smiths Nat geo map.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:18 AM   #4
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Thanks fellas! Looks like today will be a beautiful day. I went looking for that nat geo map... I knew I had it since I originally bought the whole pack but I've not really used that one yet. Had to turn the whole house upside down but I found it. Did a little paddling with the Watertown kayak club yesterday when I arrived in the north country, and heading over to the ADKs this morning.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:02 PM   #5
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The map you really want for that area is the Paddler's Map North, which is published by the St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. It better shows paddling routes and portage trails than the Nat Geo map, and also shows the locations of most designated tent sites (although with good but not perfect accuracy- check for the "Camp Here" disc before setting up camp!). It's an all around far better map for paddling especially than the Nat Geo maps. They also have a smaller version now that covers the St. Regis Canoe Area alone, as well as a smaller one that covers the Saranac Lakes area. I'm not sure if you can purchase it at the Canoe Outfitter's outpost on Floodwood Road (or even if said outpost is open for the season yet), but you can definitely purchase it at the SRCO store in Saranac Lake.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:44 PM   #6
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Thanks fellas! Looks like today will be a beautiful day. I went looking for that nat geo map... I knew I had it since I originally bought the whole pack but I've not really used that one yet. Had to turn the whole house upside down but I found it. Did a little paddling with the Watertown kayak club yesterday when I arrived in the north country, and heading over to the ADKs this morning.
I think I was behind you heading south on rt 30 at the construction zone this afternoon. We both headed north on 458 but I turned off at the Madawaska gate. Did you paddle the Santa Clara Flow?
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:00 PM   #7
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madawaska road

Is the road access to Madawaska pond now open?
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:32 PM   #8
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Is the road access to Madawaska pond now open?
Still closed. A sign at the gate (by the landowner) said that the road needed maintenance due to the weather. I have been by there a few times over the past couple of weeks and never saw the gate open.

I will post something when I find it open.
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Is the road access to Madawaska pond now open?
I read that the Madawaska Rd is now open.
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