The Adirondack State Park in northern New York is one of the premiere spots for kayak tripping on the East Coast, with countless lakes and streams of all sizes. We'll be kayaking part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that stretches from Old Forge all the way to Fort Kent, ME. We, however, will only kayak a short part through the Saranac Lakes. Following the route of early loggers and hunters, our trail winds along rivers and across open lakes, where century-old, hand-operated locks still carry paddlers between waterways. While this is not remote wilderness, much of it has a wilderness feel. We're likely to see beavers, martens, and deer, and moose sightings have become increasingly common. For sure we'll hear the wild and haunting call of the loon. We'll be taking our time on this trip, with many options for additional paddling, swimming, or just relaxing into the peace of wilderness. Maximum group size: 8
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This trip is designed for women with some prior kayaking experience who love camping and the feeling of being out in nature for several days at a time. The trip is rated 3. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaging in aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Upper body strength training is also recommended. Rating: 1 2  4 5.
On this trip we will be kayaking and camping from lake to lake. While experience with camping is not essential, you need to have sufficient kayak experience to be comfortable in wind and waves and to spend up to 2 - 3 hours at a time in your kayak.
We will be staying the first and last night at a lake-side hotel in Saranac Lake Village. In between we will be camping in two-person tents in designated state wilderness campgrounds with composting toilet facilities, but without electricity.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
I loved the area! The other people and guides were awesome
This trip made it really easy to enjoy the outdoors - whether paddling in our kayak, walking through the gorgeous Adirondack woods of our campsite, swimming in the pristine lakes, or swinging in a hammock under the pines - our guides made it easy and so enjoyable to enjoy every minute of this beautiful trip. I have been on many trips prior with some questionable guides at times - I never once questioned the integrity or knowledge of our guides in the Adirondacks and am supremely grateful for that. All of our guides were wonderful, caring, knowledgable and passionate about what they do. Kayaking (and camping!) in the beautiful Adirondacks was a trip I will never forget. Thanks for that!!!
kindness and friendliness of guides expertise of guides meal prep, cleanup and food recipes, all done by guides - really wonderful calm, supportive and relaxed attitude of guides no time pressure on any day, especially on day one putting kayaks in and out of water by guides wonderful trip mates, friendly, accepting, supportive The Swedish/Norwegian log fire!! Excellent equipment, in good repair
It was a pure vacation. I felt able to enjoy the outdoors without a care because we were so well cared for.
The guides Jenny and Carrie were brilliant and all of the participants were interesting, easy to get along with, fun, helpful, courteous, and giving. I could have done an extra week out in ADK with these women, easy.
Kayaking the Adirondacks is a smorgasbord for the senses. I loved the sight of mountains, sparkling water on our daily paddles, and such green trees! I smelled the pines, the campfires at night and did I mention the fresh air? I won’t forget hearing the loons, red chipmunks and wind in the trees. And the kayaking left my whole body invigorated after the “work-out on the waves”. Oh, did I mention the food? It tasted so good! Our guides worked together so seamlessly- we marveled at their talents. This trip really left me "balanced" again. It reminded me what’s important….taking time for me, connecting with nature again and being thankful for all I've been blessed with. If that’s what you’re after, this is the way to find it. Thank you AGC for making this experience possible.
Comradeship, beauty of the lake
I had been dreaming about paddling in the Adirondacks for years! What a joy to finally experience that dream come true!
The guides were fantastic--relaxed. and so kind and capable. The group of women were cohesive and enjoyable. We spent so much time chatting! I loved the trip and would do it every year. I did it two years ago when we had a rigorous portage and camped in a new place every night---and I signed up again. This trip was different this year--it s less demanding and it was a wonderful trip.
After not traveling due to COVID, this trip was a welcome escape for a week. Everything was planned so well (packing list, pre-trip information, etc) I didn't have to think very much and could just enjoy the area! Meeting new people is always fun too!
Anne Brewer, our guide, lives in the Adirondacks and she shared with us her passion and love for this wilderness area. It was a trip that empowered us. We carried all our gear for 5 days in our kayaks and camped in different campsites along the Lake Saranacs. The 8 participants and 2 guides were a fun, supportive, cohesive group for the week with campfire nights ending in songs, storytelling and laughter. It was special to meet 9 new friends and spend a week outdoors getting quiet tent time, hours paddling pristine waters and learning about the Adirondack Park.
What made this trip special for me? The itinerary and the dedicated and talented guides.
Highlights for me were the great group, guides and the Adirondacks!
The communication, planning and the attention to detail were excellent.
All of it. It was just great summer fun - kayaking, camping, swimming, bonfires, smores, hammocks, mosquitos, and good company! And the LOONS, the LOONS!!!
The beauty, the guides, paddling all day, the other women on the trip
Peace quiet . Camping . Food . Great companions .
Group fun, experiencing the natural world in a beautiful place, with great weather, and a amazing guides who provided support and excellent planning/organization.
The trip was the best AGC trip I have taken. We were able to unplug and experience the peacefulness and beauty of the Adirondacks. Falling asleep to the loon calls and waking up to the loon calls was amazing. Paddling out to watch the sunsets from the lake was memorable. Floating lunches and spontaneous swimming made the trip fun. The hand operated locks were an engineering marvel. We had a mixture of calm paddling and enough chop and wind to make it challenging. The teamwork and supportive nature of the participants and guides was the best I have seen on a trip.
being in wilderness, great people
The guides, fellow travelers, food, scenery, location
Kayaking the beautiful Adirondacks! I loved the simplicity of the trip, the guides and NO driving around!!!
Time with friends in an awesome location doing what I love to do.
I really loved the food at all of the places we went, the fact the Ann was a local and could tell us so much about everything was very cool and her and Karen were both confident and helpful and kind through the whole trip (and the food they made was good too!) I liked that we had options sometimes to rest if we needed to but I was having too much fun to skip anything!
I gotta admit the carries were a bear. 🐻 It was a treat to be out in nature during the eclipse. Such a nice variety of paddling conditions - out on the larger lakes and then gliding through the narrow passes through the quiet shallows.
Loved the women on the trip, including the guides. Loved the adventure, especially when we got into areas where there were no signs of people - except for us. I love kayaking so obviously that's important to me - and we did just the right amount. Loved the challenging portages - when they were over. Great team building! Loved the flexibility to stay an additional night at our first campsite - it was SO beautiful.
The Fulton Chain and Raquette Lake were so beautiful! Kayaking and camping were, absolutely , the perfect way to travel through them!
It was a beautiful area to kayak and camp in. Loved the sunset kayak, and the days we didn't change coping locations but investigated the area we were staying in.
My goal was to experience the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and to improve my paddling skills. The lakes and waterway was beautiful and Anne was very knowledgeable of the region and the history which enhanced the experience. The highlight was being in the company of other woman who encourage each other and appreciate the outdoor and the challenges of a trip like this.
Camp sites on the lakes, kayaking Browns tract, quiet late afternoon paddle at Tioga point. Great food. Great leaders.