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Paddle Lower and Upper Cascades Lakes (ADK Weekend)

  • 27 Aug 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Lake Placid NY


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This Day Event is part of the Finger Lakes Adirondack Weekend for Women Outdoors members. If you are interested in the overnight camping as well as the day hike, read more about the weekend event here.  

We will leave at 9am from Draper’s Acres-4582 Cascade Rd (aka Rte 73), Lake Placid, NY 12946, and travel 2.5 miles east on Rte 73 to DEC boat launch between Lower and Upper Cascade Lakes

What to Bring: kayak, paddle, PFD, whistle, quick drying clothes, hat, shoes that you can get wet, sun screen, bug spray, dry bag with towel, water, lunch and/or snack, (kayak cart-optional). (Spare dry clothes/shoes in your vehicle)

Note: the boat launch parking/picnic area has room for about 15 vehicles. Route 73 borders the western shores of both lakes. We will paddle the Lower Cascade first about 2 miles round-trip and then portage to stretch legs and then paddle Upper Cascade Lake for an additional 1 mile round-trip. We can break for lunch as desired. Swimming is an option as is fishing (license required.

This free event is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are invited to join us on two events to see what you think. The third time's a charm - we'll ask you to join Women Outdoors at that point. You can join now by clicking on Join Us

More information about the location:

Lower Cascade Lake 

When paddling Lower Cascade Lake you will often have the wind at your back going downstream, but fighting a stiff breeze on the way back to the parking area. Heavy boulders dot the side of the water while the cliffs of Pitchoff Mountain loom to the north.

Be sure to rest at the East end of the lake next to the floating boulder and watch rock climbers climb high on narrow holds. But don’t go too far to the east or you will get snagged in the beaver activity.  Combine the day with Upper Cascade Lake to lengthen you outing. The outlet between the two cannot be paddled.

Size in area: Size: 26.4 Acres-  about 1 mile long

How to get there: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue on Route 73 for 9-miles to the parking/picnic area between Upper and Lower Cascade Lakes.  (Note: It is 2.5 miles from Draper’s Acres Campgrounds- and about 1 mile east past the trailhead for Cascade Mountain)

Type of launch: Short carry of less than 100 Yards- motor-less boats only

Type of water: Flat with strong wind patterns from the west

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