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Canoeing in the Glens Falls Region

Come springtime, you might want to dust off the old kayak or canoe that's stored in the garage and get ready to head out on the water! Paddling is an excellent form of exercise, it's a fun activity to enjoy with friends or family, and it offers a different perspective to enjoy the great area that we live in.

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The Glens Falls region is a great destination for canoeing because of its easy access to lakes, rivers, and other waterways. You can find even more paddling opportunities in nearby Lake George and the Adirondacks.

Spots to Canoe In & Near Glens Falls

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

The historic Feeder Canal route offers some scenic sights of the surrounding area. You may have walked or biked along the corresponding nine-mile trail, but did you know you can actually go paddling right in the canal? Canoes and kayaks can be launched from the Feeder Dam in Queensbury and the Martindale Boat Basin in Hudson Falls.

Glen Lake (Queensbury)

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

Northwest Bay (Lake George)

This section of Lake George is perfect for a day on the water in your canoe or kayak! Located close to Bolton Landing, the dock at Northwest Bay is open for cars with top boats.

Battenkill River

The Battenkill River is a tributary of the Hudson River that starts in Vermont and flows into New York near Greenwich, just about a half an hour southeast of Glens Falls. The Battenkill offers top notch paddling opportunities in addition to fishing and other recreating options. If you don't own a kayak or canoe this could be a great choice, as there are places you can rent from.

Take a Trip to the Adirondacks

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If you're looking to escape into the wilderness, go for a paddling trip in the Adirondacks! The Adirondack region is home to a seemingly endless number of lakes, ponds, and rivers just waiting to be explored. Here are some popular canoeing spots you can discover in the Adirondacks:

Blue Mountain Lake

Blue Mountain Lake is known for its incredibly clear waters and beautiful scenery. This top paddling spot is located almost at the heart of Adirondack Park in the town of Indian Lake.

Bog River

The Bog River flows into Hitchens Pond for a long and relaxing paddle in the northwest corner of Adirondack Park.

Lake Lila and Otter Lake

You can find Lake Lila and Otter Lake in the midwest region of the park. Lake Lila is the larger of the two and over a mile wide in all directions. Otter Lake is much smaller and is ideal for a more leisurely paddle.

Fulton Chain of Lakes

The Fulton Chain of Lakes can be found in Old Forge. This is the perfect canoeing destination if you happen to be recreating in the western Adirondacks.

Schroon River

For paddlers in the eastern Adirondacks, nothing can compare to the Schroon River, a narrow bed that flows from Schroon Lake all the way down to Warrensburg.

See more paddling spots in the Adirondacks »

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