New York

Kayaking the Adirondacks

Enjoy a thrilling kayak adventure across Sagamore Lake and nearby waters, learning from experts as you improve your technique, discover historic sites and explore the Adirondacks.
Rating (5)
Program No. 16454RJ
5 days
Starts at
5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4B 3L 4D
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Video
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Class on the Water, Lecture
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Class Trip on the Water, Free Time
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Field Trip on the Water, Evening Discussion
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Program Concludes
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
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At a Glance

“Feeling at one with the water” is how enthusiasts describe the singular sensation of kayaking. Experience this tranquility for yourself, paddling a pristine lake as dawn’s rising mist reveals reflections of autumnal trees and your own smiling visage. Instruction begins in the calm lee of the boathouse. Once you are familiar with the equipment and how to use it safely, enjoy kayaking excursions to nearby waters led by experts.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Solo kayaking 1-6 miles a day. Course is generally on flat-water, but lakes are large enough to experience choppy conditions. You should be able to swim. Each participant will be provided with their own solo kayak, or you may bring your own.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Kayak Sagamore Lake and larger waters nearby, paddling the same waters the Vanderbilts and other Gilded Age elites did before you.
  • Learn techniques for maneuvering your craft on flat water and tips for paddling in flowing rivers.
  • An evening of traditional Adirondack entertainment or education caps your adventure.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Scott Locorini
Scott Locorini has more than 20 years of experience as a paddlesports instructor. He is an American Canoe Association certified Level 4 Open Water and Whitewater Kayak Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, a certified excursion leader in Maine and New York, and is certified in CPR. Scott is also the current president of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association and a 2005 Inductee to the International Kayak Hall of Fame. Scott regularly leads adventures in the Adirondacks and throughout the U.S., Central and South America.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Paula Wanzer
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Scott Locorini
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Carol Moseman
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Quiet Water Canoe Guide: New York
by John Hayes & Alex Wilson
The Adirondack Mountain Club Canoe and Kayak Guide: East-Central New York State
by Kathie Armstrong
Women on Water: Paddling the Adirondacks and Central New York
by Ruth Dandrea, Kathy Delong, Carol Moseman, & Bonnie Sanderson
Co-author Carol Moseman is a Group Leader at Great Camp Sagamore.
Boats & Boating in the Adirondacks
by Hallie Bond
Hallie Bond was the Education Director and then Curator of Collections & Boats at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake for nearly 30 years.

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