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LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK

Paddling Historic Water Routes of the Adirondacks

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Highest elevation reached will be approx. 2,200 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Outerwear should be synthetic or wool for your comfort (nylon, polypro, fleece, etc). Avoid cotton, if possible. REQUIRED ITEMS: __ Paddling shoes (closed-toe shoes that will get wet) __ Rain gear (jacket & pants) __ Day pack w/ shoulder straps (or a small dry bag) __ Water bottle(s) __ Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen) SUGGESTED ITEMS: __ Socks (spare pair) __ Nylon shorts __ Lightweight long pants __ T-Shirt (short or long sleeve) __ Sweater (insulating layer) __ Head net (for bug protection) __ Bug repellent __ Lip balm __ Bandana __ Swimsuit __ Towel __ Camera/batteries __ Binoculars __ Field journal (for sketching in the field) __ Pencil & notepad __ Field guides Select clothing items based on expected weather conditions but be prepared to spend time outdoors in any weather. ADK has day packs available for loan. If you have your own boat, paddle(s) or life-jacket, you may bring them.

Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 23, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 18 - Welcome and Orientation. Tour Adirondack Mountai...
Welcome and Orientation. Tour Adirondack Mountain Club's Adirondak Loj and the Heart Lake Program Center property, and get an overview of the week's activities.

Arrive To: Check-in between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Welcome and Orientation. Tour Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondak Loj and the Heart Lake Program Center property, and get an overview of the week's activities.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondak Loj.

Lodging: Adirondak Loj

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 19 - We'll begin our week with a visit to the St. Regi...
We'll begin our week with a visit to the St. Regis Canoe Area, the only designated canoe area in New York State. We'll pond-hop through several small bodies of water interconnected by short carries and meandering streams.

Breakfast: Breakfast served from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Morning: We'll begin our week with a visit to the St. Regis Canoe Area, the only designated canoe area in New York State. Managed as a wilderness with a focus on non-motorized water recreation and the protection of water quality and fisheries resources, these 18,000-acres and 58 clear, spring fed ponds are noted for their tranquil beauty and wild character. We'll put-in at about 9:30am at Follensby Clear Pond and begin our 8-mile paddle. Our pace throughout the day will be moderate with plenty of time for stops and picture taking.

Lunch: Pack-out bag lunch along our route.

Afternoon: We'll continue to pond-hop through several small bodies of water interconnected by short carries and meandering streams. We'll finish our trip at about 4:00 pm. On the way home, we'll stop at Donnelly's for some delicious homemade ice cream and enjoy some of the best roadside views in the Adirondacks.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. at Adirondak Loj

Evening: 8:00 p.m. "The History of Heart Lake" slideshow presentation.

Lodging: Adirondak Loj

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 20 - Beginning at South Creek, we'll paddle through Mi...
Beginning at South Creek, we'll paddle through Middle Saranac Lake and Weller Pond, with a stop at a beautiful beach for lunch. We'll pass through an old set of hand-operated locks on the Saranac River which leads to island studded Lower Saranac Lake.

Breakfast: Breakfast served from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Morning: Depart at 9:00 am. Today, we'll tour through a portion of the Saranac Lake river system, which is part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail - a resurrected 740-mile ancient route running from Old Forge, NY to Port Kent, Maine. Today's itinerary offers a variety of water bodies - creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes. On our way to the put-in, we'll visit the workshop of Chris Woodard, a local guide boat builder to learn about the history and construction of these unique, traditional craft. We'll begin at South Creek, and paddle through Middle Saranac Lake and Weller Pond. Again, the pace will be moderate with about 6-7 hours on the water, including breaks and lunch.

Lunch: As we pass back through Middle Saranac Lake, we'll stop for a pack-out bag lunch at a beautiful natural beach accessible only by boat or on foot.

Afternoon: Continuing on, we'll pass through a section of river and an old set of hand-operated locks, which then leads us to island studded Lower Saranac Lake. Today's distance will amount to about 10 miles.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. at Adirondak Loj.

Evening: 8:00 p.m. "The Northern Forest Canoe Trail" slideshow presentation.

Lodging: Adirondak Loj

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 21 - Starting from an old logging camp known as Axton ...
Starting from an old logging camp known as Axton Landing, we'll travel up the winding, slow moving river. We'll reach the Falls in time for lunch, where we'll eat and explore the trails around the falls before we "float" back on the gentle current.

Breakfast: Breakfast served from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Morning: Depart at 9:00 a.m. The paddle to Raquette Falls is a classic day trip. Also part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, this area is rich in Adirondack cultural history, which we'll discuss throughout the day. Starting at 9:30 am from an old logging camp known as Axton Landing, we'll travel up the winding, slow moving Raquette River through a floodplain dominated by silver maple forests and sandy shorelines.

Lunch: After about 2 hours of moderate intensity paddling, we'll reach the Falls in time for a pack-out bag lunch.

Afternoon: After we finish eating and exploring the trails around the Upper & Lower Falls we'll paddle back downriver with the gentle current. We will finish the day by about 3:00 pm and cover about 8 miles total.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m.

Evening: 8:00pm "History of the Adirondack Park" slideshow presentation.

Lodging: Adirondak Loj

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 22 - At Osgood Pond, we'll take a tour of the White Pi...
At Osgood Pond, we'll take a tour of the White Pine Camp, Calvin Coolidge's Summer White House. Afterward, we'll paddle at a leisurely pace across the pond and travel down the Osgood River, a pristine stillwater outlet hemmed by thick, boreal forests.

Breakfast: Breakfast served from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Morning: Depart at 9:00 a.m. We'll begin our day with a short visit to Placid Boatworks, a local builder of high-quality lightweight canoes to learn about design and modern building methods. At Osgood Pond, we'll take a tour of the White Pine Camp, an Adirondack Great Camp that served as Calvin Coolidge's Summer White House in 1926. Afterward, we'll paddle at a leisurely pace across the pond and travel down the Osgood River, a pristine stillwater outlet hemmed by thick, boreal forests.

Lunch: Pack-out bag lunch along the Osgood River.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, we'll return via the same route. Today includes about 4-5 hours and 7 miles of paddling.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m.

Evening: 8:00pm "Adirondack Flora & Fauna" slideshow.

Lodging: Adirondak Loj

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 23 - We'll conclude our week together with a question ...
We'll conclude our week together with a question and answer review session, a short walk around the Heart Lake Program Center property trails, and a luncheon before departure.

Breakfast: Breakfast served from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Morning: After a question and answer review session, we'll take a short walk around the Heart Lake Program Center property trails.

Lunch: A sit-down luncheon is included at the Adirondack Loj. Program ends after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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