Raquette River Wilderness Paddling Trip


Where:  The Raquette River in the Saranac Lakes Wilderness Forest Area in Adirondack State Park, upstate New York


When:    Thursday, October 4th through Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day)


Who:      Anyone, beginner to expert, who has done at least one self-supported, canoe or kayak overnight primitive camping trip.  This trip will be limited to a maximum of 6-7 individuals. Well-behaved dogs also welcome.


Details:  Itinerary:  We will put in on the Raquette River at the Axton Landing access, camp overnight on the river for 4 nights, and take out at ‘The Crusher” access on Rte 3/30. Camping locations are plentiful and flexible and can be decided on the river as dictated by the weather, campsite availability and group preferences. A tentative schedule is to camp the first two nights at the junction of Stony Creek and Raquette River, with a day trip up to Stony Creek Ponds. Paddle upstream to Raquette Falls on Day 3, camping nearby on the way back downstream. Continue downstream on Day 4, past Axton Landing, and selecting a campsite on the way between there and The Crusher. Day 5, paddle the rest of the way to The Crusher, run shuttle, pack up and go home. Total mileage will be approximately 25 miles over 4 days of paddling (there will likely be only minimal paddling the first day)


               Paddling skill level:  Beginner-intermediate.  Raquette River is a moderately wide flatwater river with no rapids. Stony Creek is flatwater, sharply meandering and narrow, with slow current, flowing out of medium-sized Stony Creek Ponds where wind-generated waves are generally small.


               Camping skill level:  Beginner to intermediate.  We will camp on established campsites, which all have fire pits, and may or may not have picnic tables, privies/outhouses, or lean-to shelters.  All camping and paddling equipment must be self-provided. Some group equipment will be arranged between confirmed participants.  Participants will be expected to be responsible for all of their own food, but if some or all members of the group want to do group breakfasts or dinners for some or all days, that is OK as well.  Bear-proof containers are highly recommended but are not required.  Good dry bags or a foolproof waterproofing system are an absolute must to keep clothes and sleeping bags dry in both rain and in the event of a capsize.  Equipment lists and other packing recommendations will be provided to confirmed participants.


How to sign up:         Contact Trip Leader and RICKA Wilderness Chair Chuck Horbert by e-mail (chorbert13@gmail.com) or phone (401-418-2838) no later than September 21, 2018