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Adirondacks Quiet Water Paddle-Packing on the Cedar River Flow & Northville-Placid Trail.

Date and Time

Friday, August 20, 2021 9:00AM - Monday, August 23, 2021 3:00PM


Wakely Dam Indian Lake NY,
New York, Adirondacks,


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Paddle-Packing in this case means paddling several miles upstream from Wakely Dam on the Cedar River Flow to an area that is close to the the Northville-Placid Trail. From there we will backpack on a one night trip south to Cedar Lakes and return to Wakely Dam. This is a collaboration between the NY/NoJ and Potomac Chapters of the AMC and is an effort at inter activity collaboration with the Paddlng and Backpacking committees represented. The trip consists of a 5 mile upstream paddle on Friday, a 6 mile backpack on Saturday, a return 6 mile backpack on Sunday and final 5 mile downstream paddle on Monday. Total of 22 miles. The links have photos of the water conditions when it is not very windy. Please note that this is a scouting trip for the leaders who have not paddled that portion of the route before. **Richard Batiuk is a leader in training under the supervision of David Mong who is the leader of record.** Leaders will arrive Thursday afternoon for an extra night out due to the early start time on Friday. Life jackets for the paddling required as are bear canisters or Ursacks for the backpacking. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Moderate: Fitness level and/or past experience to sustain the activity at a moderate pace is required. Expect to be active up to 4-6 hours per day. Reasonable breaks in the action. The paddling rating would be considered Easy due to it being flatwater with no portages. This trip is suitable for those with some previous backpacking experience in good physical condition.

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Related Link(s):

Moose River Plains DEC Information
Map of the area
Paddling Portion on All Trails
Backpacking Portion on All Trails
Andy Arthur Trip Report
A previous bike-pack to the area

Click map for driving directions
Cedar River Flow at Wakely Dam.


Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Flatwater
Paddling - Canoeing

Offered By







Adults (18+)


I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills


I have led outings since the late 1970s for a variety of clubs, e.g. Sierra, Catskill 3500, Adirondack Mtn. Club, Mohonk Preserve & Appalachian Mtn. Club. These have included day hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, x-c skiing, cabin trips, day paddles & paddling/camping trips in canoes or kayaks. I particularly enjoy leading overnights. I like sharing my knowledge, as well as, learning from others.


This is my 4th season leading - Co leading backpacking trips for AMC. I am Mountain Leadership and Wilderness First aid trained by AMC. Join me to explore nature and experience self reliance and solitude.