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Old 01-15-2014, 01:55 AM   #1
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Loon Lake to Kushaqua?

Hello all,
I can't tell from the satellite maps...is it possible to paddle from Loon Lake (Franklin County) down to Lake Kushaqua without portage? Looking for some kayak fun for a family vacation at Loon lake this summer.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:09 PM   #2
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Hello all,
I can't tell from the satellite maps...is it possible to paddle from Loon Lake (Franklin County) down to Lake Kushaqua without portage? Looking for some kayak fun for a family vacation at Loon lake this summer.
The legendary Paul Jamieson writes in the classic book Adirondack Canoe Waters: North Flow:

"A 19th-century guidebook describes an extension of this route to Loon Lake via the Loon Lake Outlet, which enters Mud Pond at the NE. All but a fifth part of this 1.7m stream was said to be navigable then. But now the proportion of float to carry is nearly reversed. Beavers made a mess of this stream once they were reestablished in the Adirondacks. And the carry is now closed to the public. There is no public access to the waters of Loon Lake; the shores of both lake and outlet are posted by an association of camp owners."
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:56 PM   #3
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Thank you Sir!
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:55 PM   #4
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No. Loon is a separate spring fed lake. The Rainbow/Kushaqua lake system is on the North branch of the Saranac River. There is a road that takes you up stream along the river to Mud pond. You may be able to put a canoe or kayak in at Mud and work your way upstream the the dam at Kushaqua.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:53 PM   #5
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Loon Lake is totally private. It does flow into Mud pond and the North Branch of the Saranac River. Not navigable.
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