An Insiders Guide to 5 Under-the-Radar Waterways on the Adirondack Coast

Paddle clear of Lake Champlain's waves for a chance to discover breathtaking summer scenes off the beaten path. 

1. Chazy Lake


Set in the valley between Lyon and Ellenburg mountains, Chazy Lake runs 4 miles mainly north to south and offers opporuntities for paddling, sailing/boating, fishing and relaxing on the beach. Paddlers can access the lake from the beach and park near the lake's dam on Route 374, boaters can launch on the northwest end. 

2. Lake Alice


Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area encompasses 1,468 acres along the Duprey Road in the Town of Chazy. A series of level, easily accessible foot trails have been constructed for hiking to direct visitors to various scenic vistas throughout the area. Visitors to the lake can also enjoy fishing from the shore or car top boats and bird watching. 

3. Davis Pond


Davis Pond lies within Macomb Reservation State Park, in the town of Schuyler Falls. Activities include boating, swimming, playing fields, and nature and hiking trails. Fishing is popular at Davis Pond in the park, and the nearby Salmon River. Only non-motorized boats are allowed on the pond for fishing and recreational use.

4. Silver Lake & Taylor Pond


These secluded lakes, located within 2 miles of eachother, are a great place to camp, fish, boat, paddle, snorkle or just relax. Dense woods and mountains surround the lakes, take a short hike to the top of nearby Silver Lake Mountain or Catamount for great views. 

5. Upper & Lower Chateaugay Lakes


A wide channel connects these two lakes creating a 10.5 mile waterway. Check out Bluff Point with its adjacent shallow reef or head 3 miles up the south inlet to the state land boundary at the bridge. Below the outlet dam the Chateauguay river drops rapidly with several falls including the spectacular 120 ft. High Falls. The 568-acre Lower Chateaugay Lake averages 12 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 25 feet. The wide, windswept, 2,524-acre Upper Chateaugay Lake averages 33 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 72 feet. Enjoy padding, boating and fishing, with a DEC launch in the Narrows that provides access to both lakes.