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Simon1 04-21-2021 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by DSettahr (Post 285492)
So this one:

https://i.imgur.com/GvpEefk.png

Has it been paddled with a Hornbeck? One would assume so- you can't name a boat for a certain specific pond and then not paddle that pond with the boat.

Looks like the approach would be tricky in any case. Private property around the base of the mountain to the south and west. Steep ascent from the east. Probably the easiest way would be to cut south from Hoffman Road to the north.

I have paddled it. And fished it. Access is difficult.

Little Canoe 05-03-2021 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by DSettahr (Post 285471)
Maybe Bog River/Hitchens Pond? A short trip won't get you anywhere near Lows but it's still a nice enough area to spend a few hours. Plus it's a motor-free body of water.

Little Tupper Lake also isn't too far from Low's but IMO if you only have an hour or two available it's probably not the best spot since it's a larger body of water (and the interesting parts are all down on the west end).

There's some easier loops that can be done (with short portages) in the Fish Creek Campground/Saranac Inn vicinity- lots of kettle ponds and lakes here to poke around in an explore. Motors are allowed on some bodies of water but not all (and even many that do allow them have HP restrictions).

There's also the Raquette River- you could put in at the Crusher, at Axton Landing, or at Stony Creek. Explore upstream slowly against the current, then take a quick trip back to the put in with the current. Motorboats are allowed on the river but from my experience it tends not to be too crazy with motorized traffic.

Note that Bog River/Hitchens Pond/Lows Lake are extremely busy and crowded. The parking lot is often full with cars parked for many feet down the road.

MTVhike 05-05-2021 04:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DSettahr (Post 285492)
So this one:

https://i.imgur.com/GvpEefk.png

Has it been paddled with a Hornbeck? One would assume so- you can't name a boat for a certain specific pond and then not paddle that pond with the boat.

Looks like the approach would be tricky in any case. Private property around the base of the mountain to the south and west. Steep ascent from the east. Probably the easiest way would be to cut south from Hoffman Road to the north.

That Lost Pond is on State land and Peter's land touches it at the south corner. Difficult access that way, however. That little lake due south is his paddle pond!

DSettahr 05-13-2021 05:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Little Canoe (Post 285706)
Note that Bog River/Hitchens Pond/Lows Lake are extremely busy and crowded. The parking lot is often full with cars parked for many feet down the road.

Yeah, good to mention. I went through there on my longer trip (Little Tupper to Inlet on the Oswegatchie) last summer, and the main body of Low's was visibly packed with nearly every site occupied. Lila was similarly packed, and even Little Tupper was busier than I expected mid-week. But Grass Pond was devoid of people (which I also found surprising).

I can imagine that the sections downstream (and that much closer to the put in) were even busier still.

2505 07-25-2021 05:48 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions! Quick question: Is it possible to park near the Eagle Lake end of the Marion River Carry and then paddle east from there? I know you can go the other direction from BML beach, but not looking to go that far.

TrailBlaser 07-28-2021 07:59 AM

I just did the Essex Chain Lakes last week. The Hornbeck was perfect for it, especially with the yoke the guys at Hornbeck set me up with. It is a great place, lots of loons, solitude and the campsite I had on Sixth Lake was beautiful (except for the all night frog chorus).

2505 08-07-2021 06:08 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions- I will be taking a whack at some of them for sure.

We ended up putting in on Rt. 28 at the Marion River pullout. Put in at the west end of Utowana and headed to the Carry. Nice dock there! Walked the carry to check it out, then paddled up Utowana and through to Eagle Lake. Then retraced our route into a pretty serious headwind but fared fine. Great trip and a fitting tribute to Peter Hornbeck. Headed to his art exhibit in Tupper tomorrow.


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