Tupper Lake Paddling Triad

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

Stony Creek Pond to Axton Landing

This part of the triad is a beautiful flatwater paddle that is 3.25 miles one way.  The paddle starts at Stony Creek Pond on Coreys Road, crosses Stony Creek Ponds, takes you down the beautifully meandering Stony Creek to the famous Raquette River and ends at Axton Landing, a great scenic spot to explore. Watch for wildlife! 

Raquette River Boat Launch 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. Start at the Raquette River Boat Launch on Route 3 (locally known as "The Crusher") and leave a second car at the Tupper Lake Boat Launch to make it a one way trip of 7.75 miles!

Raquette Pond to Setting Pole Dam

This is a fun paddle from the launch at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park, 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 3.25 miles one way, it's a nice, family-friendly paddle that should take 1-2 hours. Leave a second car at Setting Pole Dam. 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
97. Jonothan Guillen Orchard Park, New York 06/09/2021 06/11/2021
96. Mark McCormack Orchard Park, New York 06/09/2021 06/11/2021
95. Sarah (Sally) Hoy Queensbury, New York 05/28/2021 06/09/2021
94. Kelly Moody Morrisonville, New York 05/28/2021 06/09/2021
93. Barbara Harris Plattsburgh, New York 05/28/2021 06/09/2021
92. Carl Boler Watertown, New York 05/16/2021 06/05/2021
91. Ron Patterson Seabrook, Texas 04/24/2021 04/25/2021
90. Dan Czebiniak Honeoye Falls, New York 05/14/2021 05/17/2021
89. Edward Bauer Honeoye Falls, New York 05/14/2021 05/17/2021
88. Brandan Norris Honeoye Falls, New York 05/14/2021 05/17/2021
87. Aaron Norris Honeoye Falls, New York 05/14/2021 05/17/2021
86. Jason Conklin Honeoye Falls, New York 05/14/2021 05/17/2021
85. Nicole Ameduri New York, New York 07/12/2020 10/10/2020
84. Katrina Dearden Saranac Lake, New York 08/16/2020 09/27/2020
83. Scott L. Traynor North Bangor, New York 09/17/2020 09/17/2020
82. Baxter Miller Brushton, New York 07/25/2020 08/23/2020
81. Ellen Miller Brushton, New York 07/25/2020 08/23/2020
80. Dean Fountain Brushton, New York 07/25/2020 08/23/2020
79. James Holler Jamestown, New York 08/30/2020 09/15/2020
78. Brandon Devito Saranac Lake, New York 09/20/2020 09/20/2020
77. Melanie Johnson Malone, New York 08/08/2020 09/12/2020
76. Tammy Beudin Malone, New York 08/08/2020 09/12/2020
75. Dawn M. Lazovik Rome, New York 09/11/2020 09/12/2020
74. Raymond Philo New Hartford NY, New York 08/04/2020 09/05/2020
73. Daniel McBride Carthage, New York 08/06/2020 08/06/2020