Canoe&Kayak, Oswegatchie River Basecamp, NW Adirondacks, QW

Date and Time

Monday, July 26, 2021 - Friday, July 30, 2021


near Cranberry Lake, NY,
New York, Adirondacks,


Registration is required for this activity.

Registration is closed


This remote river leads paddlers into real wilderness - no roads. The Five Ponds Wilderness has a large stand of old growth forest and dozens of pristine lakes. The Oswegatchie twists & turns through a boreal marsh and into a conifer forest. It's a paddler's and hiker's nirvana. You can only get in by paddling or walking. Arrive Monday afternoon (7/26) to Inlet, near Wanakena, NY. Then paddle a few miles to a campsite near High Rock. On Tuesday, we'll continue up the Oswegatchie to a basecamp near High Falls. On Wednesday & Thursday, we'll explore by (1) hiking up Cat Mtn. for the exceptional view or to the 5 ponds that give this area its name and (2) paddling to the headwaters of the Oswegatchie. If we decide not to do the headwaters paddle due to the many, many beaver dams, we'll do the 2 hikes mentioned. On Friday, we'll return to our cars. Expect to get out of your boat to pull over beaver dams on your way to High Falls. (There are not as many dams below High Falls.) You may have to line your boat through riffles or shallows, so be sure your boat has a bow line. There are no portages, except a short one around High Falls , with an empty boat. Canoes & kayaks are acceptable. But since the river is narrow with many tight turns, you'll need a boat that turns easily and quickly. Sea touring kayaks will likely give you problems. This trip is designed for intermediate paddlers, although novices should be able to do it. Group size is limited to comply with DEC regulations. This trip is jointly listed with ADK, so register early.

AMC Trip Policy



Click map for driving directions
Oswegatchie River campsite



Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey




Adults (18+)


(best time to call: NCA 9 p.m.)

Russ has been leading paddling trips for the Sierra Club, Adirondack Mtn. Club & Appalachian Mtn. Club since the late 1970s. He currently leads for ADK & AMC. He prefers overnight outings.