Hamilton County offers a variety of Canoeing opportunities to
suit your level of ability along with maps to see. Please scroll down the list to find
your canoe route.
State-owned lands along the Bog River between Lows Lower and Upper dams
and at Lows Lake
offer canoeists a unique opportunity to enjoy over 14.5 miles of
unencumbered scenic waters
with only one short carry around Lows Upper Dam. For the more
adventuresome, a carry of
approximately 3.5 miles from the west end of Lows Lake to the
Oswegatchie River will be
rewarded with an approximately 16-mile trip down that river to Inlet,
with only a short carry
above High Falls. Numerous beaver dams occur around High Falls. To
add to the serenity of the
area, motorized boats are prohibited between the two dams.Primary
public access to the
area is by a short gravel road off State Rt. 421 to Lows Lower Dam,
where a canoe may be
launched. This road may be gated in the spring to protect it during
frost-out. Alternate canoe
access is available at Horseshoe Lake Outlet.
The 7,215 acre Lake Lila Primitive Area is in the Town of Long Lake.
Lake Lila is the chief
feature of this area. Covering about 1,400 acres, the lake offers
superb opportunities for
canoeing and camping under essentially wilderness conditions. Visitors
will find giant white
pines along the shoreline of Lake Lila, several natural white sand
beaches, and seven islands
in the lake. Camping is permitted on the four larger islands. The
area surrounding Lake Lila is
considered excellent wildlife habitat. Fishing in Lake Lila includes
brook trout, lake trout,
landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass and yellow perch.To reach the
Primitive Area, take
State Route 30 to Hamilton County Route 10, turn west and proceed about
seven miles to an
improved gravel road (Lake Lila Rd.) This intersection is marked with
a DEC sign. Turn left
and proceed about six miles to a 30-car DEC parking area. Overnight
parking is permitted.
Parking of trailers is prohibited.
Please remember if you bring it in, make sure you bring it out!!!
Always leave an area the way it was before you got there - Lets keep the Adirondacks Waterways Clean!!
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