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Best Places for Kayaking and Canoeing in Washington County

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Kayaking and Canoeing in Washington County, NY

Fun Day Trips in the Counties Many Rivers and Lakes

Feeder Canal A trip into Washington County should include your kayak, canoe or raft as there are miles upon miles of brooks, streams, ponds and lakes to explore. Washington County’s prominent waterways and lakes include the Hudson River, Lake George, Lake Champlain, the Champlain Canal, Cossayuna Lake, Summit Lake, Lake Lauderdale, Pine Lake, Lake Nebo, as well as Hadlock and Copeland Ponds. Fishing enthusiasts will want to include a cast into the Batten Kill, Poultney and Mettawee Rivers, which are renowned for trout fishing.

The Feeder Canal is a seven-mile linear park bringing water from the Hudson River to the Champlain Canal and is accessible by water, foot or bike. You can paddle the five miles from the beginning of the Canal at Feeder Dam to the takeout at Boat Basin Park on Martindale Avenue in Hudson Falls. Overall, the water is no more than 4 feet deep.

The Champlain Canal in Washington County has many opportunities for docking boats while traveling along the canal. Fort Edward’s, docking facility is just north of Lock C-7 with adjacent picnic facilities. The Fort Edward Yacht Basin is west of Lock C-7 and has free water and electrical hook-ups for boaters and picnic facilities. Further north, Lock 9 in Smith’s Basin, provides access for kayaks and canoes. Continuing north to Fort Ann is a floating dock and access point to Buttermilk Falls.

In Whitehall, you can pull in or put out at the public boat launch site at Skenesborough Harbor Park. The park has a waterside gazebo with a barbecue facility and direct access to Main Street dining and shopping and don’t miss the free summer concerts on Friday evenings.

Boat Launches

There are three NYS Boat Launches in Washington County located in and around the Argyle and Salem town borders at Carters Pond’s, Cossayuna Lake and the Moses Kill. In addition, the town of Dresden has a public boat launch and a 300-foot long wooden fishing pier on the South Bay (Lake Champlain), providing access to Lake Champlain and the Champlain Canal, located near the South Bay Bridge on NYS Route 22.

Lake Lauderdale. Courtesy Lake Lauderdale Improvement AssociationWashington County owns and operates two parks: Huletts Landing and Lake Lauderdale. Huletts Landing is located on Lake George, and has a canoe & small boat launch, as well as tennis courts. Huletts is on Route 6B, Sunset Bay Road in the Town of Dresden. Lake Lauderdale, located on Route 22 in the Town of Jackson, is a 100-acre park with fishing and nature trails (no boat launch). Both parks include a playground, basketball, volleyball & horseshoes and are carry in and carry out. The parks also have pavilions equipped with picnic tables, a BBQ pit, grills, electricity and a walk-in cooler. The Greenwich Town Beach is on State Route 29 on the banks of the Batten Kill. The beach facilities include a pavilion, BBQ grills, volleyball net, half-court basketball, playground and of course swimming.

Christine Hoffer is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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