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Old 01-25-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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Oseetah to Kiwassa

was wondering if it is possible to paddle into Kiwassa from Oseetah. My paper map shows a waterway, but the StateLandsInteractiveMapper shows land in that spot.

Perhaps water level is too low at times?
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:13 AM   #2
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was wondering if it is possible to paddle into Kiwassa from Oseetah. My paper map shows a waterway, but the StateLandsInteractiveMapper shows land in that spot.

Perhaps water level is too low at times?
There are numerous barely underwater tree stumps and some shallows on the SW side of Oseetah that you may have to watch for, but it is certainly easily paddleable into Kiwassa. After paddling shorter canoe races ending at Saranac Lake village, my crew and I often head for the more quiet waters of Kiwassa (few motorboats) to add additional miles to further train for longer races.
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I lived on Kiwassa for a year. As Wldrns stated, you do have to watch out for some stumps, but it is otherwise passable.

There is a lean-to on Kiwassa on the south shore, and a designated tent site on the island.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:49 PM   #4
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great, thanks for the info. I was thinking of bushwhacking in to the lean to from Rt 3, but I think i will save it for a paddling trip now.
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There is also a lean-to on the Saranac River, a short distance downstream from the boat launch on Route 3. Both can be reached by bushwacking in from the road. Not an overly hard bushwhack.

The advantage to bushwhacking in the winter is that it is a lot easier to find solitude. The area gets a lot of use in the summer, and both lean-tos can be popular in the warmer months when boat access is possible (particularly the Saranac River one).

Here's photos from an overnight I did at Kiwassa Lake a few years ago: https://picasaweb.google.com/dsettah...aLakeOvernight

And some from another overnight I once did on the Saranac River: https://picasaweb.google.com/dsettah...RiverOvernight

And some more from a day trip I did to both lean-tos in the winter: https://picasaweb.google.com/dsettah...heSaranacRiver
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:53 AM   #6
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great, thanks for the info. I was thinking of bushwhacking in to the lean to from Rt 3, but I think i will save it for a paddling trip now.
That's a nice trip, I haven't done it for a couple of years but didn't have any problems, it was shallow but plenty of water to paddle through; and that lean-to is a nice place to spend an afternoon. Nasty black flies as I remember when paddling between the two lakes.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:48 AM   #7
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Is the saranac lean to part of the campground in the summer? If so, It would be nice to visit that one soon while it is free of charge and less used.
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Is the saranac lean to part of the campground in the summer? If so, It would be nice to visit that one soon while it is free of charge and less used.
There is a sign on the lock above Oseetah Lake that says that you are entering the Saranac Islands Campground, which would seem to imply that it is. However, the DEC Map for the campground doesn't show it, nor does the map on reserve america.

I would call the DEC to check with them (someone at the Ray Brook office should be able to answer this question). If it isn't a part of the campground, I would bet that it is still a popular campsite in the summer.
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