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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008

Top 3 Paddling Treks

These weekend float trips have side hikes that rival the paddling for scenery and solitude.

by: Kellie Schmitt

Nancy Lake SRA, AK | Floodwood Pond, NY | Village Creek, TX

Photo by George Wuerthner

Floodwood Pond, NY
Paddle your way to mountain peaks
From the top of 2,530-foot Long Pond Mountain, the St. Regis Canoe Wilderness unfolds in a breathtaking maze of interlocking waterways amid thick green forest. The trail to this rarely hiked peak is accessible only by paddling the Floodwood Pond Loop in the northern part of The Adirondack Park, about three hours from Albany. From Floodwood Pond, paddle five miles through eleven small lakes to Follensby Clear and its two-dozen tent sites. The next day, continue six miles northwest past sunlit sandy banks to the base of Long Pond Mountain. Exchange paddle for boots and summit via a steep, 1.6-mile trail. Paddle two hours to the takeout. Or grab one of the two dozen secluded sites tucked between towering pines along the twisting shoreline.

Canoe Rental
St. Regis Canoe Outfitters in Lake Clear (888-775-2925,

The Way
From Seranac Lake, take CR 18 eight miles west to NY 30. Turn south, and head 2.6 miles to Floodwood Road. Turn right and drive four miles to Floodwood Pond.

Nancy Lake SRA, AK | Floodwood Pond, NY | Village Creek, TX

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Feb 02, 2011

I'm looking at a map, & trying to understand this path. So I paddle from Floodwood Pond into Little Square Pond, thru Fish Creek into Square Pond into Follensby Clear. Then what? Do I travel up to the top of Follensby & portage to either Polliwog or Green Pond, then portage over to Hoel Pond? The rest makes sense.

Aug 09, 2010

This is an incorrect description of how to access Long Pond Mountain. Paddlers can access Long Pond via a short carry from a well-marked parking lot off Floodwood Pond Road.

Oct 22, 2009

I've gone through Floodwood Pond many times and explored the surrounding lakes and ponds. Floodwood Mountain Scout Reservation does some really awesome treks through that area. One of the greatest places to go. God's country

Chris Perkins
Jan 05, 2009

You can stretch this creek out. I have paddled a 50 Miler with my scout troop and over 65 miles with a friend. When the creek is flooded (often) you double your speed and loose camping spots. If you have time to slow down you can catch some Perch, Large Mouth Bass and Catfish.

Aug 05, 2008

Stu Brody
Jul 28, 2008

Just booked a reservation with Evelyn at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. She couldn't have been nicer, or more helpful.


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