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Explore Great Places for Canoeing and Kayaking In & Near Glens Falls

Love paddling? There are a variety of great places for both canoeing and kayaking in and near Glens Falls, NY, including canals, rivers, and lakes. And, if you're willing to take a one- or two-hour day trip north, you'll find even paddling spots in the Adirondacks.

Below, we've highlighted where to paddle in the region along with where to rent what you need or get lessons.

Jump to: Glens Falls Area Paddling Spots | Adirondack Paddling Spots | Rentals & Lessons

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Paddler on Glen Lake

Discover Popular Paddling Spots in the Local Area

Feeder Canal (Glens Falls, Hudson Falls & Fort Edward)

a sign for the Feeder Canal

You may have walked or biked along the corresponding Feeder Canal Trail, but did you know you can paddle in the canal?

Canoeing and kayaking is permitted along the five-mile stretch between the Feeder Dam in Queensbury and the Martindale Boat Basin in Hudson Falls. You can launch your kayak or canoe from either of those spots, or at the dock at Shermantown Road in Glens Falls. The water is shallow, about four feet deep.

The nonprofit Feeder Canal Alliance maintains, protects, and promotes the Feeder Canal. You can find more information about the canal, launch sites, and upcoming events at their website.

Glen Lake (Queensbury)

Glen Lake canoe and kayak launch sign

There is a free public launch site for easy canoe and kayak access from dawn to dusk at Glen Lake. Open seasonally, the dock is located on Glen Lake Road, and it has picnic tables and a small parking area.

Veteran's Memorial Park & Beach (Bolton Landing)

Veteran's Memorial Park & Beach in Bolton Landing is car top launch only and costs $5 to park. You can launch from the metal docks on the north side of the park.

The park also has a shallow swimming area, a sandy beach, picnic tables, grills, a playground, and a pavilion.

Northwest Bay Brook (Bolton Landing)

Northwest Bay Brook is another Bolton Landing spot where you can launch a kayak or canoe. It's a top-launch site and parking is free, but you will have to walk a bit to the launch site.

It's located close to the Fresh Water Institute. If you're a paddler who loves birding, this is known as a birdwatching site for American bittern and various waterfowl.

Batten Kill (Washington County Area)

The Batten Kill is a tributary of the Hudson River that starts in Manchester, Vermont and flows into New York near Greenwich, just about a half an hour southeast of Glens Falls. There are several access points along the river, such as:

  • The Batten Kill State Forest
  • The Battenkill Conservancy’s Battenkill Corridor Connection in Middle Falls
  • The Georgi’s Community Park
  • Riverfront Park in Greenwich

Take a Trip to the Adirondacks for More Paddling Adventures

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Schroon River

The Schroon River runs 65 miles from Underwood to the Hudson River in Warrensburg, with about 20 miles of the waterbody in Warren County.

The river has several access points:

  • Starbuckville Dam on County Route 53
  • South Horicon Bridge on Country Route 30
  • Middletown Bridge on East Schroon River Road
  • County Home Bridge on East Schroon River Road
  • River Street in Warrensburg

They're all roughly the same distance from Glens Falls, about 25 to 35 minutes.

Blue Mountain Lake

blue mountain lake

Blue Mountain Lake, located just outside the Village of Blue Mountain Lake about an hour and 15 minutes from Glens Falls, is known for its crystal-clear waters.

There are two private boat launches along Route 28 which may charge a fee, or you can rent kayaks from Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery.

Bog River

The Bog River, also known as the Bog River Flow, is an 18-mile river that flows into Hitchens Pond. There is a launch site off Route 421 south of the Village of Tupper Lake, a little under two hours from Glens Falls.

No motorboats are allowed on this river, making it perfect for paddlers.

Fulton Chain of Lakes

The Fulton Chain of Lakes can be found in Old Forge, about two hours from Glens Falls. This paddling destination offers the quintessential Adirondack experience with Adirondack great camps and cottages lining the water

It's also close to Adirondack attractions like the Enchanted Forest Water Safari and McCauley Mountain Ski Center.

Lake Lila

lake lila

Lake Lila in the northwestern region of the Adirondack Park gives paddlers that feeling of getting away from it all. It's located in the remote Whitney Wilderness area, and can only be accessed by a dirt road from County Route 10.

This motor-less lake is a popular place for paddlers and campers. Lake Lila is a little under two-and-a-half hours from Glens Falls.

Check Out Where to Get Rentals & Lessons

colorful kayaks in the water lined up
Photo: Lake George Kayak Company

Here's where to go for paddling rentals and/or lessons in the local area:

  • Kayak Lake George in the Village offers single, double, standup paddleboard, and paddleboat rentals.
  • Lake George Kayak Company allows you to rent or buy kayaks, canoes, or standup paddleboards, and they're located in Bolton Landing.
  • F.R. Smith & Sons Marina, also in Bolton Landing, offers canoe and kayak rentals in addition to larger watercrafts.

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