A visit to Tupper Lake isn't complete without a visit to the lake itself. This expansive, 9-mile long waterbody contains plenty of open water and impressive islands, including 28 miles of shoreline with a variety of bays, coves, and islands to explore. Around the lake you will also find a dozen primitive DEC campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis, making extended outings possible.
Route 30 State Boat Launch is the hard surface launch. From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 30 south toward Long Lake. Continue for just under 3 miles to the parking area and launch site on the right.
The Simond Pond/Rod and Gun Club Boat has a hand launch. From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 30 south toward Long Lake. After crossing the causeway between Simon Pond and Big Tupper Lake, turn left on Lake Simond Road. After 0.6 mile you will find the launch on your left. From this launch paddlers can access Simon Pond, the Raquette River, and Big Tupper Lake (to your east).
At Tupper Lake's northeastern end there's an expansive wetland that separates the lake from Simon Pond. It's a great spot for birding — and for enjoying the mountain-studded horizon — so be sure to spend some time there. Much of the lake's northern end, including the section that becomes Raquette Pond, is surrounded by private land, while portions of the southern end are bordered by public land.
Early morning and evenings are ideal for paddling this body of water, as the conditions are typically calmer and boat traffic is lighter.
On calm days Tupper Lake is an absolutely amazing place to paddle but, as with any large lake, heavy winds and whitecaps are fairly common, so know your abilities and be sure to check conditions before setting out.
Be aware that motorboats also use this lake.