Boating is a must on beautiful Long Lake and Raquette Lake. From bays and beaches, to Great Camps and Forest Preserves, our Lakes are filled with great fish, clean waters and the laughter of families from around the world. Bring your boat or rent on from our friendly family owned and operated marinas.
Take a tour on a restored ferry boat on Raquette Lake with Captain Dean Pohl and enjoy a dinner cruise with fascinating insights on the storied history of the Adirondack region. Paddle a kayak up to the mouth of beautiful Buttermilk Falls, the entrance to Long Lake and the connecting point between Raquette and Long Lake.
Raquette River: From Long Lake To Tupper Lake (30 miles) the Raquette meanders between sandy wooded banks with just one carry at Raquette Falls. Traveling with teh current you can easily enjoy some fishing and bird watching. Campsites and leantos are found along the way. Stony Creek Ponds outlet and Indian Carry provides access north to the Saranac Lakes Chain.
Bog River: Lower Bog has 7 miles of technical Class III water which includes unrunnable drops at 6′ Split Rock Falls and the 30′ Pa’s Falls. High water levels and expert level skills required.
Little Tupper Lake & Round Lake: The William C. Whitney Wilderness includes Little Tupper Lake, Round Lake and Rock Pond – which are all connected via channels and have designated campsites. Little Tupper is six miles long and has several islands. Moderate winds can create rough water on these lakes. Anglers will enjoy catch-and-release fishing for native brook trout. A canoe carry route from Rock Pond to Lake Lila links a series of small ponds and carries to Shingle Shanty Brook.
Long Lake: The prevailing winds are usually to your back on this 14-mil “long” lake. Campsites and leantos are found on the state land along the eastern shore, north of Long Lake. First come first served.
Forked Lake: State land borders the southeast shore, and the east and west end of this 7 mile lake; the rest is privately owned and undeveloped. The downstream route to Long Lake is a mix of flat and fast water and carries.
Lake Lila: Lake Lila has 17 campsites, 7 islands, sandy beaches and tall white pines. A .3 mile carry leads from the parking area to the sandy launch site. Climb Frederica Mountain for a panoramic overview of the area.
Raquette LakeThe many bays of this large lake will provide hours of exploration; keep your eye out for some historic Great Camps. Explore the two-mile channel of South Inlet and Browns Tract Inlet where a one-mile carry connects to 8th Lake on the Fulton Chain. To the north an easy half-mile carry leads to Forked Lake.
Lows Lake & Bog River Flow: Staring from the lower dam, this 11 mile paddle with one short carry at the upper dam, traverses a beautiful, narrow waterway. The wide expanse of Lows Lake opens up at journey’s end with marshes to the south and abackdrop of rugged mountains to the north. Islands and bays provide refuge on windy days. 30 designated campsites are found on Lows Lake and along the access channel. For the ambitious, a 3-mil carry at the west end of the lake leads to the Upper Oswegatchie River. Your efforts are rewarded with a good dose of wilderness and an 18 mile downstream cruise to your take-out at Inlet.
Long Lake State Boat Launch:
Long Lake New York State boat launch sites. One is located at the end of Olivet/Dock Rd in Long Lake. Hard service launch available. Parking for 60 and restroom available. Boat Stewards on site to inspect for invasive plant species.
Lake Eaton Boat Launch:
Hamilton County, State Campground. On Route 30, 2 miles west of the Village of Long Lake. Beach launch. Parking for 12 cars and trailers.
Forked Lake, Hamilton County, Campground. Off Route 30, 3 miles west of Hamlet of Deerland. Beach launch. Parking for 40 cars and trailers.:
Golden Beach, Raquette Lake, Campground. Off Route 28, On Route 28, Beach launch, 50 cars and trailers, 3 miles north of Hamlet of Raquette Lake.
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Boating in Long Lake & Raquette Lake:
Open water, rivers, ponds, lakes and streams. Long Lake and Raquette Lake boast fantastic boating adventures.
Motor boating, canoeing and kayaking and abundant navigation are all available in the Long Lake and Raquette Lake area. The Adirondacks remain the premier destination for the small boat vacation. Dare devils enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and tubing on our 14 mile Long Lake and along our 99 miles of shoreline in Raquette Lake.
For those seeking quiet exploration, paddle along our shorelines to see incredible views of the mountains, revel in the sparkling blue water and admire the solitude our lush green forest. Take advantage of our central location on the Raquette River and make Long Lake your point of rest and relaxation on your long journey through the waters Adirondack wilderness. The Long Lake beach is an excellent launch for your next paddling journey.
For those seeking softer adventure hop aboard a sight-seeing vessel and learn about the history of our lakes as our boat tour guides offer tales of days gone past and guide you to the best views of our mountain region.
For more information: NYS Dec Boating Information.com
By 2025 all Boater’s in NYS will be required to have a Boating License. Please check out this website for info on Boating Education Classes
Power Boating, both out-boards and in-boards are generally restricted to Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Lake Eaton. Wise to remember powerboats share the waterways with canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboats and float planes.
Long Lake is serviced by one marina. Rentals of power boats and canoes are available. Call ahead to reserve your boat, but walk in’s are welcome. A town dock at the bottom of the hill of Route 30 marked is available with nine spots to park. Public docking is available for a maximum of six hours. Drive up on the ramp to unload groceries, and gear.
The lake is 14 miles long. Water-skiing and tubing are popular sports. There are great wide-open areas to ski and tube on either the south end of the lake or north of Round Island. Take caution to avoid the narrowest section of the lake, closer to the village, north of the bridge, as it does receive lots of canoe, power-boat and float plane traffic. L
ook for danger buoy’s. Check with a forest ranger or the locals about rocky areas so you return with your propeller in tact. Also note: When traveling north on Long Lake there are no public roads to access the area. Pack extra supplies if you plan on going on an outing with the family. It is a boat access only area, and no coffee shops to be found, but well worth the view of the Sewards and Santanoni’s at the north end of the lake.
Raquette Lake is serviced by two marinas and has a public boat launch near the village. The lake is about five miles long with 99 miles of shoreline. Water-skiing and tubing is allowed. Every year Raquette Lake boasts a most excellent Boat Parade sponsored by the Town of Long Lake. Registrations are available at Burke’s Marina and Bird’s Marina. In 2010 over six boats registered featuring “Peanuts on Vacation, a boat was transformed into a Loon, the Arachnids, featuring a catamaran decorated as a web and many many others, including a ventriloquist.
Runabouts, Pontoons, Kayaks – everyone gets in in the game. Spectators gather at the Raquette Lake Town Dock to enjoy the creations and judges select their favorites for cash prizes!
Raquette River Corridor:
Paddlers arrive to travel the Raquette River, the longest river, flowing North to the St. Lawrence. Over 140 miles of waterways. The Raquette River Corridor project is an effort to promote travel along this unique corridor linking the Adirondacks to the shores of Canada.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
The canoe trail is a 740-mile water trail following Native American travel routes from Old Forge, through Raquette Lake and Long Lake, across Vermont, Quebec and New Hampshire to Fort Kent, Maine. The trail celebrates the history of the Northern Forest.
Visit their website: Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions some services at marina’s are under Phase 4 for boat rentals. Please be patient. Call for more info.
Check out our business listings under “Long Lake Biz Listings” under Marina’s for Boat Listings. Not in the mood to click? Okay, here they are!
Long Lake Marina in Long Lake 518.624.2266
Bird’s Marina in Raquette Lake 315.354.4441
Burke’s Marina Inc in Raquette Lake 315.354.4623
Lou’s Marine in Raquette Lake 315-369-8554