Miles of Atlantic shoreline, hundreds of lakes and five major river systems are why New York is a great place for a canoeist. From Long Island, to the Finger Lakes, to the Adirondack Park paddlers can enjoy the many public access points mostly fee of charge. Canoe carries link lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks making great extended trips. Multi-day trips are also possible on the larger rivers like the Raquette, Hudson, Susquehanna, and Delaware. Don’t forget NY’s fantastic whitewater. Find a New York canoe outfitter or livery to get you started on your NY paddling adventure.
New York Paddling History
The American Canoeing Association was founded in 1880. At that time paddle powered craft were an essential part of any trip to the Adirondacks. Paddlers today can enjoy many of the same places thanks to preservation.
- Quiet Water New York, 2nd: Canoe & Kayak Guide (AMC Quiet Water Series)
- New York Exposed, The Whitewater State, Vol 1 & 2
- Adirondack Canoe Waters: North Flow
- Adirondack Canoe Waters: South and West Flow
- Take a Paddle: Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks
- Take a Paddle: Western New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks
- 25 Flatwater Kayak/Canoe Trips in the Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway Region of New York State (Common Man’s Exploration Series)
- 25 Flatwater Kayak & Canoe Trips in the Lake George, NY Region (Common Man’s Exploration Series)
New York Canoe Outfitters and Liveries
Reagan’s Canoe & Kayak Livery
440 Hall Rd
Himrod, New York 14842
Description: Largest canoe and kayak outfitter in the Finger Lakes area. Our rentals include jackets, paddles and other accessories. We have lake access on Seneca Lake for day rentals and we also deliver anywhere within the Finger Lakes region.
We also carry Old Town, Necky and Ocean Kayak brands at our retail shop.
Area Served: Finger Lakes
Other Areas Served: The outlying Finger Lakes
Learn more about Reagan’s Canoe & Kayak Livery.
St. Regis Canoe Outfitters
73 Dorsey Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Floodwood Rd at Long Pond Portage
Lake Clear, New York
518-891-1838 or 888-SR KAYAK (888-775-2925)
Description: Two locations providing direct access to New York’s best canoe camping area.
Area Served: Saranac River, Adirondacks, Fish Creek, Upper Saranac Lake, St. Regis Canoe Wilderness
Area Description: Numerous multi-day canoe camping trips are available in New York’s Adirondacks. A perfect one runs between the two locations
4845 Route 474
Ashville, NY 14710
Description: A complete paddle sport and outdoor adventure store in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Area Served: Chautauqua Lake Region
Area Description: In the Warren area, the Allegheny National Forest, the Allegheny River, and Kinzua Dam offer canoeing and canoe camping.
Adirondack Lake and Trails Outfitters
541 Lake Flower Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Description: Full service outfitting with canoe and equipment rentals.
Area Served: Adirondacks
Area Description: New York’s canoe country destination for wilderness tripping and canoe camping features pristine lakes and adventure.
Mountain Man Ourdoor Center
2855 St. Rd. 28
Old Forge, NY 13420
Description: Offers canoe outfitting, rentals and guides.
Area Served: Adirondack Park, Moose River, Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Area Description: The Adirondack Park offers over 3,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams; it’s a paddling paradise.
Mac’s Canoe Livery
5859 State Rt 30
Lake Clear, NY 12945
Description: Offers canoe rentals and guides.
Area Served: Adirondacks, St. Regis Canoe Wilderness
Area Description: The St. Regis Canoe Wilderness is a wilderness area in the heart of the Adirondacks offering unspoiled canoe camping for paddlers willing to leave it all behind.
Barryville, NY. 12719
Description: Three-generation canoe livery offering adventures on the Delaware River.
Area Served: Delaware River
Area Description: Diverse river trips through two National Recreation areas, both offer untouched camping sites and gorgeous views.