Top U.S. Flatwater: Mid-Atlantic

Bog River: Adirondacks State Park, New York

The Adirondacks are riddled with world-class canoe routes that range from wild and isolated to quaintly sociable. The Bog River is a good first pick. Navigability of this route was established by the two dams built in the early twentieth century. Originally constructed to produce electricity, these structures now provide a stress-free paddling route enhanced by a ban on motorboats. You'll find 14.5 miles of unencumbered waters with only one short carry around Lows Upper Dam. For the more adventurous, a carry of approximately 3.5 miles from the west end of Lows Lake to the Oswegatchie River will be rewarded with a 16-mile trip down that river to Inlet, with only a short carry above High Falls.

The wildlife is terrific. You'll encounter many beaver dams around High Falls, and the area boasts one of the largest nesting loon populations in New York. The weary can rest their bones at the many campsites built by the state.


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