Old Forge - Blue Mountain Lake Paddle Traverse

4 Nights/3 Days

 

An incredible self-guided experience. $975 for two people, double occupancy.

Price includes:
4 nights of accommodations at classic and historic Adirondack places of lodging
Car shuttle
3 days of gear transport
Dinner and breakfast at The Hedges

Guides may be hired for $1,300.00 for up to 6 people.

 Photo by John DiGiacomo | Placid Times Photography

Paddle three days from Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake across all eight of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, Raquette Lake and two scenic, meandering waterways!

The 4-night, 3-day Old Forge – Blue Mountain Lake Paddle Traverse provides paddlers the opportunity to experience the first leg of the famous Adirondack Canoe Classic, the “90-Miler,” over the course of a leisurely three days instead of just one. Come a day or two early to have a splashing good time at Enchanted Forest Water Safari and experience the mountain biking trails and chairlift at McCauley Mountain.

You’ll paddle from Old Forge to Inlet, First Lake through Fourth Lake, on Day One, and take in the charming mix of mountain and water scenery along the way. You also can check out the variety of homes and camps that line stretches of the shore as you paddle up the lakes. Once in Inlet, treat yourself to a fancy dinner or savor some of the best pizza in the Adirondacks. Be sure to grab a tasty ice cream or gelato at Northern Lights Creamery and amble over to Arrowhead Park to watch the sun set behind the distant mountain ridge.

On Day Two you’ll paddle into Raquette Lake via Fifth through Eighth lakes and the winding  Brown’s Tract. Three portages along this section ensure that your legs as well as your arms get a little exercise over the course of your eastward journey. Accommodations, good eating, and the local atmosphere  at the Raquette Lake Hotel and Taproom will make you feel at home at this popular Central Adirondack gathering spot.

You’ll cross beautiful Raquette Lake on Day Three and head up the slow-moving Marion River, following the route that yesteryear’s travelers from New York City and places beyond took to reach lavish, long gone resorts on Blue Mountain Lake. The short portage that brings you from the beginning of the Marion River to Utowana Lake runs along the former railbed of the Marion River Railroad, which connected two steamboat landings at this site and facilitated tourists’ passage to their Blue Mountain Lake destinations. Fabulous lodging options await you on Blue Mountain Lake!

Depending on where you lodge on Blue Mountain Lake and how you wish to spend the morning on your Departure Day, you can hike up to the summit of Castle Rock Mountain, with its splendid view overlooking the lake, from either the shoreline trailhead or the traditional trailhead. Spend an extra day in Blue Mountain Lake and enjoy all that the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, has to offer!

Photo by Evan Williams | PureADK.com

Old Forge

Arrive in Old Forge.

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Welcome to Old Forge, the southwest gateway to the Adirondacks!

The 4-night, 3-day Old Forge – Blue Mountain Lake Paddle Traverse provides paddlers the opportunity to experience the first leg of the famous Adirondack Canoe Classic, the “90-Miler,” over the course of a leisurely three days instead of just one. Come a day or two early to have a splashing good time at Enchanted Forest Water Safari and experience the mountain biking trails and chairlift at McCauley Mountain.

Inlet

You’ll paddle from Old Forge to Inlet, First Lake through Fourth Lake, on Day One, and take in the charming mix of mountain and water scenery along the way. You also can check out the variety of homes and camps that line stretches of the shore as you paddle up the lakes. Once in Inlet, treat yourself to a fancy dinner or savor some of the best pizza in the Adirondacks. Be sure to grab a tasty ice cream or gelato at Northern Lights Creamery and amble over to Arrowhead Park to watch the sun set behind the distant mountain ridge.

Raquette Lake

On Day Two you’ll paddle into Raquette Lake via Fifth through Eighth lakes and the winding  Brown’s Tract. Three portages along this section ensure that your legs as well as your arms get a little exercise over the course of your eastward journey. Accommodations, good eating, and the local atmosphere  at the Raquette Lake Hotel and Taproom will make you feel at home at this popular Central Adirondack gathering spot.

Blue Mountain Lake

You’ll cross beautiful Raquette Lake on Day Three and head up the slow-moving Marion River, following the route that yesteryear’s travelers from New York City and places beyond took to reach lavish, long gone resorts on Blue Mountain Lake. The short portage that brings you from the beginning of the Marion River to Utowana Lake runs along the former railbed of the Marion River Railroad, which connected two steamboat landings at this site and facilitated tourists’ passage to their Blue Mountain Lake destinations. Fabulous lodging options await you on Blue Mountain Lake!

Blue Mountain Lake

Depending on where you lodge on Blue Mountain Lake and how you wish to spend the morning on your Departure Day, you can hike up to the summit of Castle Rock Mountain, with its splendid view overlooking the lake, from either the shoreline trailhead or the traditional trailhead. Spend an extra day in Blue Mountain Lake and enjoy all that the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, has to offer!

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Route Highlights:

  • Twelve lakes: First Lake through Eighth Lake of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, Raquette Lake, Utowana Lake, Eagle Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake
  • The variety in architecture of camps and homes along the shore
  • Old growth White Pine trees in the Cathedral Pines grove along Seventh Lake
  • The winding waterways of Brown’s Tract and the Marion River
  • Fine dining at Misters Bistro in Old Forge and The Woods Inn and The Seventh Lake House in Inlet
  • Pizza at the Screamen Eagle, voted the best pizza in the Adirondacks by Adirondack Life readers
  • Optional Dinner Cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake
  • Side hike option up Castle Rock Mountain

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Photo by Johnathan Esper | Wildernesscapes Photography

Did you know that…

 

  • Raquette Lake has 99 miles of shoreline?

 

  • The waters of the Marion River become the Raquette River, flow north, and empty into the St. Lawrence River?

 

  • The 3/4-mile long Marion River Railroad was the shortest standard-gauge railroad in the United States?

 

  • The long-gone Prospect House in Blue Mountain Lake was the first hotel in the world to have incandescent electric lighting in all its guests’ bedrooms?

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