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Old 07-25-2017, 09:27 AM   #1
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What's your "Must Do" ADK canoe trip

Question--What canoe trip in the Adirondacks would you recommend to others as a "Must Do"?

The back story to the question...
I finally did it! After years of reading the guidebooks and pouring over the maps, I finally scraped up the determination to do the 9 Carries route in the St. Regis Canoe Area. We had done many day trips and overnights without portages. I longed to do one of the big "classic" Adirondack trips. But the guide books always say to "know your limitations"...good advice I suppose, but sometimes those limitations just need to be overcome or you'll never really know what's possible. As it turned out, we made some good gear decisions, dealt with some crazy weather, held up physically and accomplished more than we thought our bodies could bear. The 4 day trip was better than I even imagined. I would highly recommend the 9 carries as a must do...for the adventure, for the pond hopping scenery, for the plant and animal wild life.
So what trip would you recommend as a must do?
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:23 PM   #2
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Seven carries, Whitney traverse over to Low's Lake.
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:05 PM   #3
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I can't think of one I wouldn't recommend.

Anywhere in the Whitney or 5 ponds if you haven't been.
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:56 PM   #4
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Little Tupper to the Oswegatchie at Inlet, via Lila & Lows.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:23 PM   #5
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My dream trip would be something as follows: Little Tupper > Rock > Hardigan > Salmon Lake Outlet > Little Salmon Lake > Lillypad > Mud > Shingle Shanty > Lake Lila > Harrington > Clear > Bog > Lows > Big Deer > Oswegatchie River and downstream to inlet. It'd take the better part of a week (at least, a lightweight canoe would certainly be essential) and would traverse some of the most remote terrain the Adirondacks has to offer.

EDIT: Basically the same trip outline by Nehasane above.
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:15 PM   #6
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I'll 2'nd, OK 3'rd the Little Tupper to Inlet trip. Did this route in 2013. As I recall it was 68 miles and about 8 miles of portages. Beautiful, wild country. Saw a man and his grandson at the LT put in, a couple canoes way off on Lowes , a couple (he had just finished the NFCT) at High Falls, and passed a forum member and his son at a lean-to on the Oswegatchie, that was it for human encounters, did see though a moose, a bear, deer, beaver, porcupines, eagles, osprey loons etc. etc. I did the trip in 5 days, but was moving along, did get some fishing in most days though.

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Old 07-31-2017, 08:21 AM   #7
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Hmmm. I was planning a canoe trip to Canada this weekend but their wilderness seems to be booked up. May try this one. Or at least part of it - out and back. That way we can decide how far to go.

Any thoughts on which end to start at? Otherwise I will see how far you can get in each before you hit a portage more than 1 mile and start with that.
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:56 AM   #8
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I've been staying away from this thread since my paddling preferences don't line up with most others...

But if I were to recommend a "must do" for the average ADK paddler, I would have to go with the Lila-Bog River Flow route. Carries are manageable, most of the paddling is thoroughly enjoyable, and campsites are plentiful.

For myself, I'm still trying to work out a Rock Lake-Rock River-Cedar River-Hudson River loop. Or maybe an Essex Chain-Rock-Cedar through trip, maybe with the Hudson too (depending on water levels).
And a Terror Lake in and out via Andy's Creek and Big Moose.
Lastly, a Browns Tract-Shallow Lake-Sucker Brook-Raquette Lake loop.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:52 AM   #9
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Stripperguy I would be interested in the Terror lake trip , I;ve done it years ago
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Old 07-31-2017, 03:28 PM   #10
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Mine was the trip from Newcomb to Indian lake. Make sure that you do it in early summer before low water.
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:23 AM   #11
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Yeah...talk about not lining up...I want to do the entire Raquette to the St. Lawrence. I've done most of in sections but the idea is to do it all in one shot. It will clearly be a PITA due to the sections that are dammed and other sections that have reduced flow due to the pipeline. There are no or really long carries in many places and some sections are simply impossible due to the crazy nature of the river. The section right below the dam in Hannawa comes to mind.
Then I want to finish the St. Lawrence out to the Gaspe.....
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:51 AM   #12
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While I have paddled the Oswegatchie River to High Falls at least 3 times, I would love to paddle it with my wife. We have been hoping to do so this Labor Day weekend, but other matters may take precedence.
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:04 PM   #13
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I did my "Must Do" trip this year, which seems to be on most people's list here... Little Tupper to the Oz. We spent 7 days 6 nights, and were able to take our time doing it. Spent 2 nights on Lila and 2 on Lows, giving us time to hike up Mt Fedrica and Grass Pond Mt. Did this with my wife and dog and we loved it. We did have some rainy days, but that only made us appreciate the days where we had full sun.

I meant to get a trip report out here, but been so darn busy. I hope to get one up for this in the next month.

PS: I heard so much complaining about the Portage from Lows to the Oz. I'd rather do that portage any day over the portage from Rock to Harrdigan. Maybe its different in lower water, but man those beaver dams were a pain. Thankfully my wife and i purchase some Keen water shoes before the trip, which let us keep our boots semi dry.
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