Are you looking to spend more time kayaking in New York state? New York is an excellent place for outdoor adventures that are family-friendly and memorable. One such adventure is kayaking trips. You can plan kayak trips that are three days or longer depending on your schedule and enjoy the best of New York state.
You can also attend kayaking events organized annually and meet new people who love kayaking and water sports as much as you do. Before you plan your kayaking trip, you will need thorough research to know which places you can visit and which ones are open at the moment. This process can be time-consuming, and it might discourage you from planning your kayaking trip. Please don’t give up; we’ve done the hard work for you so that you won’t have to. Read on to find the best suggestions on where to kayak in New York.
Top 6 Amazing Places To Kayak In New York
New York state has over 70,000 miles of streams and rivers, not forgetting the reservoirs, ponds, and lakes all around. You will have lots of fun as you explore the waters in New York state regardless of whether you are an experienced or beginner kayaker. We are going to explore the best locations for 3-day kayaking trips. These locations will give different experiences and sceneries throughout the three days.
|Kayaking spot||Location||length||Where to start/launch|
|St. Regis canoe area||Towns of Brighton, Santa Clara, and Harriet town||121 pond acres||Little green pond campground, fish hatchery road, Paul smiths NY 12970|
|Hudson river||Sleepy hollo NY||315 miles||Waterford|
|Niagara river||Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, NY||36 miles||Lake Erie|
|Fulton chain lakes||Old Forge||3481 acres||Eight lake campground boat launch|
|Genesee river||Rochester||4 miles||Genesee boat launch|
|Raquette river||Adirondack mountains||146 miles||Axton landing / Tupper Lake|
1. St. Regis Canoe Area To Tupper Lake
The Saint Regis canoe area is the only designated canoe area in New York, and it’s open year-round for recreational paddling. The area is about 18,400-acre has lots of waterways, ponds, and streams, making it ideal for longer paddling trips.
You can access the water at upper St. Regis Lake, a little clear pond, Hoel pond, and a long pond. One of the most popular kayaks and canoe trips that will take you three days or less is the seven carries. It travels from Little clear pond through St. Regis Pond, green pond, long little pond, the bear pond to lower St. Regis Lake.
Paddlers are advised to be aware of blocked and muddy trails along the way that cannot accommodate wheeled canoe carriers. You will have one or two portages on this trip, but the sceneries and adventure make the portages bearable and worth it. The best part about this location is that you can also enjoy fishing on some waters, hunting, camping, and horse-riding to give you an all-around experience.
2. Hudson River Greenway Water Trail
The Hudson River is a great place to explore slow-moving water that allows you to paddle in any direction. You can embark on this trip for multiple days and start at the boat ramp in Waterford and explore the mohawk river, the shores of Peebles Island state, and some parts of the Erie canal. This river has some small waterfalls that are scenic but can cause rapids on the island’s southern side. However, it is easy to paddle through them since they are class I/II rapids.
3. Niagara River
The Niagara River is well-known thanks to the Niagara Falls that split the United States and Canada border. Kayaking down this river is an excellent opportunity to enjoy beautiful sites and sceneries. The river offers different experiences to paddlers of all skill levels. For beginners and intermediate paddlers, the lower section is the best place to enjoy your trip. This section is calm and has great sites, including the old Fort Niagara.
For experienced kayakers looking for some thrill, the upper river before the railroad bridge is the place to go. It has strong currents and lots of water making it ideal for white water kayaking. You will need to be cautious as you paddle on this section of the river.
4. Fulton Chain Lakes
The Fulton chain lakes are eight lakes in the Adirondack Park that extends across 3481 acres. These lakes are an excellent place for paddlers who want a relaxing trip and those trying out long-distance paddling for the first time. The only downside of kayaking on these lakes is that you need to watch out for motorboats all the time.
5. Genesee River
Multi-day kayak adventures are more enjoyable when you have different sites to enjoy. The Genesee River stretches 4 miles and gives you scenic views of waterfalls and deep gorges. It is fast flowing with a rapid rating of class I and II. You need to have some white-water experience before you start your kayak trip on this river. You can start your trip inside the state park at adventure calls outfitters, 7051 lower falls road, Castile, NY 14427. If you are looking for a kayak trip that will incorporate a night-life experience, this is the perfect destination. Genesee River is a popular kayaking destination, and you need to plan your trip and book your kayak rentals in advance to avoid last-minute disappointments.
6. Raquette River
For paddlers looking to see wildlife on their kayaking trip, we recommend the Raquette river any day. This river stretches 146 miles, and you can launch at Tupper Lake or Axton, landing for longer trips. This location offers a relaxing and unbeatable paddling experience on calm water that is ideal for beginners.
What Are Some Kayak Events In NY?
Kayak events haven’t regained popularity since the lockdown and organizers have gone slow to create such events. However, there are a few events you can look out for and call-in advance to be sure of the regulations in place. Some of these events include:
1. The Sunrise Kayak Tour On Carman’s River
This event is organized by JMC getaways and is ideal for both kayaking and canoeing. It is held in Brookhaven, and charges start at $30. this year’s event is scheduled for Saturday 6th November starting from 6:45 AM.
2. Branch And Sunsets Event At Watermark Pier 15 NYC
This event is held every Saturday at watermark; it involves all watersport enthusiasts coming together to enjoy the outdoors while indulging in their favorite foods. With this event, you can expect to spend anything between $100- $400, depending on your meal and drink choices.
How To Prepare For A Kayaking Trip To NY And Kayak Laws For NY State
Before you can decide to embark on a kayaking trip, you need to understand your destination and prepare adequately. It is essential to know what the law requires of you and what you need to guarantee your safety.
Kayak Laws In NY State
1. You must wear a PFD at all times while canoeing and kayaking between 1st November and 1st May. During the rest of the year, you can kayak without wearing a PFD, but you need to make sure you have enough PFDs that are within reach for everyone onboard.
2. It is illegal to kayak under the influence of alcohol in NY.
3. If your kayak has a trolling motor, you need to ensure it is registered
4. Children below age 12 need to wear a PFD at all times.
What You Need When Kayaking In NY
For most kayakers, myself included, packing for you’re a multi-day kayaking trip is as exciting as the trip itself. It is perfectly fine to get excited, but this excitement often leads to us forgetting some essentials for the trip. Below is a checklist for what you need to carry to your trip to NY
1. A swimsuit to keep you from getting wet and cold
2. A hat and sunglasses to keep you cool and protected from sun rays
3. Bug spray and sunscreen
4. A water bottles
6. Enough money for kayak rentals and food
7. Your phone and maps
New York state has a lot to offer regarding waterways and sceneries; paddlers enjoy a great time in these locations and head on to discover others. Plan your trip and enjoy the great waterways of this state; let us know where you choose and share this with your kayaking friends so that they can also enjoy venturing to new destinations.
Briggs is from Chandler, Arizona, USA. Besides riding on his dirt bike on Grand Canyon – he loves fishing and often go kayaking in Colorado River with his best friends Mike. A cute dog named Ketty gives the company while Briggs kayaks alone.