in the Adirondacks can involve ponds and lakes (i. e. open/flat
water with no current) where Basic Paddling skills are needed. The
St. Regis Canoe Area is just such a place. Some sections of Adirondack
Rivers are above a Class I. These may include, but not limited to,
the Moose, Black, and Hudson Rivers. One should check available
waterway guides to be sure of the class of water for the section
they are interested in paddling is within their skill level. The
ADK has some excellent waterway guides to use for the Adirondacks.
conditions call for wetsuits and Quick Water skills the waters
temperature being colder, river levels higher and the current faster.
The possibility of encountering strainers and sweepers that can
trap a paddler are also more likely in spring.
rivers and streams can only be done early in the season, because
their water levels drop quickly as the paddling season progresses.
See Stream Gauge Readings
for gauge sites and river levels needed to paddle them.
not paddle a waterway if the water level is too high. If one has
not paddled a section of a river before, scouting the section or
paddling with a group that has paddled the section before is advisable.
Reading available paddling guides for the body of water of interest
is a way of ensuring you will not be paddling in waters above your
paddling ability. Again, please read the Paddling
Skill Level Description and Scale of River Difficulty to understand
the paddling ability needed.
Suggested Equipment List and check with the trip leader to be
sure you are equipped correctly (all suggested equipment may not
be required for a particular trip) and you have the necessary paddling
skills for the trip. The trip leader should have used the Waterway
Trip Rating in the trip description to aid paddlers in determining
how strenuous the trip is going to be.