Adirondacks State Park
Lower Grass River
A nice stretch of water for all levels of paddling ability, the entire Lower Grass River from Canton to Massena (36 miles) can be canoed with several short carries along the way.
This lake is an angler's dream. The irregular shoreline, midlake lint shoals, rocky points, expansive weedbeds and many islands contribute to the area's scenery and provide a favorable habitat for thriving populations of bass and panfish. Services are abundant along the shores of Black Lake. The Indian River flows into this lake from the south.
From Newton Falls to Hailesboro the river drops more than 970 feet. There are scenic sections, but some areas are difficult to access. There are numerous Class II-VI rapids and impassable ledges and dams. Water levels may fluctuate due to dam releases.
Lower Oswegatchie River
A gentle section of the Oswegatchie starts near Gouverneur and flows 65 miles to Ogdensburg where it flows into the St. Lawrence River. The river is wide and slow moving here as it passes beside low rolling hills, rock ledges, marshes and pasture land. Scenic cliffs line the short near Oxbow. There are carries at the dams. Most of the rapids can be portaged or run by experienced paddlers. Numerous access points permit trips of varying lengths.
Middle Branch Oswegatchie River
This spectacular branch of the Oswegatchie plunges over waterfalls and through a rocky gorge. A drop of 90 feet in the first two miles gets the adrenaline going with an exciting mix of waterfalls and Class III rapids. Scouting is necessary to determine possible runs or carries around impassable sections, such as the narrow Sluice Falls. The second half of this 12-mile run is a calm Class I flatwater that winds through marsh and woodland.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication