September can be cool and breezy. If you are
going to paddle Indian Lake, you must feel
comfortable on open water with 1-2 feet swells
and paddling 10-12 miles. Other easier
paddles may be available. Be
sure that you are properly dressed for the
paddle and have all appropriate equipment.
A spray skirt
would be helpful.
From the Quiet
Water Canoe Guide: Indian Lake offers
wonderful paddling opportunities with many bays,
inlets, protected coves and islands to explore.
Paddle the lake’s southern half – more protected
than north end of lake; southern half is where
most of the campsites are. Paddling out from the
boat access at end of the western arm, note
Snowy Mountain to the north (potential to see
peregrine falcons); two picnic areas available –
smaller one approximately 2.0 miles down, on an
island right hand side of shore; 2nd area is at
the very end of the arm – has picnic tables,
grate, outhouse, wide boat-landing area; boasts
beautiful series of cascading waterfalls w/
brook; paddle to Jessup River and return.
From New York State Thruway (I-90), Exit 27 at
Amsterdam; north on Route 30 through the
villages of Wells, and Speculator. Campground is
12 miles north on Route 30 from Speculator on
the left side of the road.
Directions for each trip are provided to help
people unfamiliar with the area to find the
location of the trip. They are not meant to
necessarily be the most direct route from your