Tupper Lake Paddling Triad

Starting Friday, July 3, 2020

Combine the winding creeks and rivers with the expansive lakes of the Tupper Lake area and you've got a delightful recipe for awesome paddling. Throw in a challenge that could earn you eternal glory -- at least in your own home -- and a super cool patch, and you've got the Tupper Lake Paddling Triad! 

Just as the Hiking Triad involves three hikes, the Paddling Triad involves three paddles. Complete them all, over the course of a few days or a year or more, and you've earned your patch. Along the way, you'll marvel at lush foliage on riverbanks, watch for otters, and enjoy fresh air and sparkling water. Expert or beginner, get ready to dip your paddle -- the challenge is open to canoe and kayak -- in these great waters. Need gear? Local shops and guides rent canoes, kayaks, and all the necessary gear. You just have to bring your sense of adventure!

Meet the paddles

Axton Landing to Stony Creek Ponds

This part of the triad is a beautiful flatwater paddle that is eight miles round-trip. The paddle from Axton Landing starts on the famous Raquette River, takes you up the beautifully meandering Ampersand Brook, and ends at Stony Creek Ponds, a great scenic spot that is fun to explore. Watch for wildlife! 

The Crusher to Big Tupper Boat Launch

Enjoy a day paddling downstream on a popular, scenic portion of the Raquette River, where the slow current makes for a gentle trip. The views are excellent as you wind through twists and oxbows. Leave a second car at the Tupper Lake Boat Launch to make it a one way trip of seven miles!

Raquette Pond to Setting Pole Dam

This is a fun paddle from the launch at the Tupper Lake Beach, across Raquette Pond to the Raquette River as far as Setting Pole Dam. This paddle offers great views of Raquette Pond, the village of Tupper Lake, and the low peaks beyond. At three miles each way, it's a nice, family-friendly paddle that should take about a day. Be sure to use caution as you near the dam!

How to register

After you've completed your paddles, register online to have your paddles recorded! You'll then receive your amazingly cool patch and sticker (we love stickers) in the mail! Please be aware there is a one-time $5 registration fee. This covers patches and postage.

To register via mail, simply download, fill in, and mail the form, along with the $5 registration fee, to: TL Triad, 121 Park Street, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Please make checks payable to ROOST (Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism).

Disclaimer: patches could take up to 3 weeks to be received. 

Ready for more?

The Tupper Lake area has many more great opportunities to paddle. Check them out!

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Paddling Triad

# Name City, State Date Started Date Completed
39. Noelle Mc Crum Chestertown, New York 08/03/2020 08/07/2020
38. Susan Sliva Chestertown, New York 08/03/2020 08/07/2020
37. John Tanney West Winfield, New York 07/31/2020 08/01/2020
36. Craig Streit Harrisville, New York 07/24/2020 07/30/2020
35. Laura Lamere Harrisville, New York 07/24/2020 07/30/2020
34. Shirley Denesha Harrisville, New York 07/24/2020 07/30/2020
33. Carolyn M. Kaczka Hannawa Falls, New York 07/15/2020 07/29/2020
32. Jackie Beattie Tupper Lake, New York 07/15/2020 07/29/2020
31. Sharon Kendall Lake George, New York 07/15/2020 07/24/2020
30. Gilbert Rivera Flushing, New York 07/25/2020 07/26/2020
29. Lorraine Brink Flushing, New York 07/25/2020 07/26/2020
28. Linda Burns-Quackenbush Harrisville, New York 07/25/2020 07/26/2020
27. Jamey Hoose Colton, New York 08/01/2020 08/01/2020
26. Cory Rinella Queensbury, New York 07/24/2020 08/03/2020
25. Jenna Friers Tupper Lake, New York 07/24/2020 08/02/2020
24. Kristofer Friers Tupper Lake, New York 07/24/2020 08/02/2020
23. Lorraine D Desabrais Tupper Lake, New York 07/18/2020 07/26/2020
22. Donna M Poirier Piercefield, New York 07/18/2020 07/26/2020
21. Tracy Thomas Massena, New York 07/24/2020 07/25/2020
20. Leah Valerio Tupper Lake, New York 07/24/2020 07/25/2020
19. Mary Nix Newcomb, New York 07/15/2020 07/24/2020
18. Barbara Kearns Newcomb, New York 07/15/2020 07/24/2020
17. Vinnie Rinella North River, New York 07/15/2020 07/24/2020
16. Maria Rinella North River, New York 07/15/2020 07/24/2020
15. Calder Rohr Canton, Ohio 07/13/2020 07/15/2020