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2017

September 7   #1675   Pyramid Lake Paddle and Picnic   Margie Litwin   H. 518-384-0412  C. 928-0600   WX
Pyramid Lake is located 6.2 miles east of Northway Exit 28 heading east on Route 74. The dirt entry road is on the Right with a small Pyramid Life Center sign just after Letsonville Road on the Left. If you get to Eagle Lake you are too far. Address: 1 Pyramid Road, Paradox, NY 12858. The entry road leads in a bit over a mile to the only settlement on the lake. You may pull up past the first building on the right (dining hall) to unload at the beach area beyond, use restroom inside and return your car to the parking lot below. About 45 minutes from CTL.
OVERNIGHT OPTION: An overnight stay at Pyramid Life Center is offered for Wednesday Sept. 6 to Thursday Sept. 7. We are organizing a day's activities at the camp to be determined with the group, an evening slide presentation of Peter's wonderful “Adventures In and Around the Adirondacks” and viewing the full moon rise as weather allows. Peaceful awakening to loons, breezes on the porch, early morning swim? We will stay in a building and have access to the dining hall to heat, refrigerate, and serve meals. The cost is $30 payable to Pyramid Life Center when you arrive and we will furnish our own linens and food (to be planned with those involved along with arrival and outing times). For more information, food planning, accommodations, packing suggestions, questions, etc. and to reserve your space please contact Margie directly by August 25th.

August 24  
#1673   Mohawk Towpath Byway Bike  Shelly Nevard   461-8656   WX
The access to the Towpath that we will use is easily reached from the Northway and has adequate parking; therefore no additional meeting places are planned. If you have the capacity to carry additional bikes and would like to carpool with someone please feel free to send an email to arrange an additional meeting place. The Terminal Rd access point can be reached from the Northway from the south by using exit 7 to Rt 9. Continue north on Rt 9 for ~4.7 miles and turn R on terminal Rd immediately after crossing the Crescent Bridge. Those traveling from the north can use either exit 8a or 8. From exit 8a turn L off the ramp and continue on CR 91(Grooms Rd) for ~1.4 miles to Rt 9. Turn R on Rt 9 and continue south for ~1 mile and turn L on to Terminal Rd. From exit 8 turn L off the ramp and continue on Vischer Ferry Rd for ~1.75 miles to Rt 9 – cross to Terminal Rd.

May 11   #1658  
Plotter Kill Preserve Hike   Margie Litwin   928-0600   WX
The A-Team hike, being led by Jim Bornheim, would be about 3 miles, mostly easy with a couple of gradual slopes (can be extended if desired). The rest of the group will continue another few miles (TBD by the group with our guidance). If the water allows we will rock hop the creek and go upstream to the base of the falls, then back and on to another couple of falls. We will only be hiking the western portion of the preserve. Plan to bring extra socks, boots that can get muddy and a hiking pole or 2 for water crossings as well as precautions for black flies if they visit. Elevation change about 200’ for the A-Team and 500’ max. for the rest - under 5 miles total. Be sure to check the schedule for meeting times and locations. Cell 928-0600 Margie or 281-4425 Peter.  Please note – meeting locations/times for A-team participants are the same as for the regular outing. However, A-Team attendees must provide their own transportation for the return trip since Jim will not be departing directly after the hike. If you plan on meeting Margie at the Glenville Target Store she will be located near the main entrance off of Rt 50, driving a reddish Subaru Forester with yellow canoe rack bumpers. For those with a GPS navigator the address is either 8 Glenridge Rd. or 204 Saratoga Rd., Glenville. If entering the Plaza from Glenridge Rd proceed across the parking lot to the main entrance off of Rt 50.  Directions to Fire Road Park & Ride, Exit 9 of the Northway, Clifton Park, NY:  From the South take Exit 9 to Rt 146 – remain straight, cross Rt 146 – lot is on the Left; From the North take Exit 9E to Rt 146, go under the Northway and turn Left on to Fire Rd – lot is on the Left; For people with a GPS Navigator the address is 21 Fire Rd., Clifton Park, NY 12065.

2016

December 29   #1639   Hennig Preserve Hike/  Snowshoe
There are a number of ways to reach the Hennig Preserve but from the Amtrak Station here is the shortest [for those using a GPS navigator try using 200 Centerline Rd., Middle Grove, NY (or Galway if Middle Grove doesn’t work)] - that will get you close.  Turn right on to West Ave from Station Lane; continue ~.25 miles to NY 29 and turn right; continue on NY 29 for ~9.7 miles and turn right on to Antioch Rd (just after the East Galway sign – the road makes a sharp bend back); continue on Antioch Rd to the end, ~3.5 miles and turn right on to Wileytown Rd; continue on Wileytown for ~1 mi and turn left on to Centerline Rd; continue on Centerline Rd for ~1.25 miles to the sign on the left.


August 4   #1619   Black Mountain Hike & Boat Ride
It will be necessary to drop off cars at the TH and at the WCB – the logistics for this will be decided upon once we know how many people will be attending. There will be a $5 contribution requested for each boat rider to defray the costs for fuel to those providing boats - in addition to any contribution for carpooling. Ed has requested that you contact him by email (with a cc to Peter) if you plan on attending this outing and which hike you will participate in or if you have any questions. This is not a commitment but will be used to get an idea of how many people he will need to arrange boat transport. Boat transport has been arranged by Ed for the trip to the Huletts Landing Marina. Capacity, however, is limited and it may be necessary to wait up to 40 minutes for the next shuttle before returning to Huletts Landing depending on how many people choose each hike. It is anticipated, despite both groups starting at the same time from the PBR TH, that the A-Team group will arrive at BMP ahead of the group going to the summit in sufficient amount of time that this will not be a problem. The boats used for transport will be power boats typically used on Lake George waters by their owners who are familiar with the lake and the route back to the marina. You can expect a safe ride with all safety concerns considered. Life jackets will be provided.

Over the Mountain Route – Starting at the PBR trailhead we will hike ~1 mile gaining ~200’, before turning right onto the trail to the summit. The trail remains relatively flat for the next ½ mile before bumping the steepness up a bit, gaining nearly 1000’ in the next ¾ mile to the summit and lunch. From the summit there are outstanding views of Lake George to the north and west – the Narrows, mountains of the Tongue Mt. Range, Anthony’s Nose and the slide on Rogers Rock. After our stay on top we will descend the switchbacking trail southwesterly towards the lake. We lose ~900’ in the first ¾ mile to an intersection with the trail coming in from Lapland and Black Mountain Ponds. Here we will continue our descent west for an additional 1.5 miles and another 1,350’ loss to the lakeshore at BMP – a total distance of ~4.7 miles. Peter has agreed to lead this group.

Lapland and Black Mountain Ponds Route (A-Team) – For those that would like a less vigorous route to BMP but still look forward to a boat ride we will begin our hike at the PBR trailhead, and follow the same trail as in the above description for the first mile. However, we will bear left at the intersection with the trail to the summit and continue, with little gain over the next mile, past Lapland Pond, to an intersection with the trail coming in from Millman Pond. We continue west for the next mile, nearly flat, past Black Mountain Ponds, where we will stop for lunch at the lean-to at the larger pond, to the intersection of the switchbacking trail coming from the summit. From this intersection we follow the route noted above to the lakeshore at BMP – a total distance of ~4.5 miles. We are looking for someone to volunteer as the leader for this group.

Non-hikers – For those of you who would like to enjoy a day out but not hike, the Washington County Beach (WCB) may be just what you are looking for. It is located within walking distance to the Huletts Landing Marina - parking is free (and where we will park all our cars), restrooms, picnic tables and fireplaces and a free launch area for canoes/kayaks are available. If all you do is read books then come and enjoy reading under the shade trees at the beach, just bring a comfortable chair. The store at the marina has refreshments and the WCB property has a pavilion in case of rain after the boat ride. Bring your own food and drinks if you plan on spending the day at the beach. Swim or just lounge – spend time with Ed while he awaits the signal to pick up the hikers. You can either carpool with one of the hikers or make the trip on your own (directions available upon request).


#1617   La Chute River / Lake Champlain Paddle
Our early departure from WCMC DOES NOT mean we'll be back at WCMC early! With two + hours of drive time and an 8 mile paddle, figure our return to WCMC will be 5.00-ish, maybe a little later. The put in is on the opposite side of the river from Bicentennial Park at coordinates 43.849745 73.419400. A map showing the put in and Bicentennial Park is HERE. A map showing the route to the put in from the intersection of Rt. 74 & 22 (the corner where McDonalds is) is HERE. Pit Stops: After leaving WCMC (meeting time 8.45, departure by 9.00), we will make a pit stop at the Ticonderoga McDonalds before proceeding to the put in. Alternatively, restrooms are available at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum & Visitor Center at 137 Montcalm Street which opens at 10.00 am. It’s right on the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park. Routes and Trip Length: Two options are available. Take your pick: (1) The scheduled trip is about 8 miles round trip from the put in to the park at the ferry landing on the lake and back to the put in; (2) A-TEAM OPTION: Some paddlers may wish to run the La Chute down to the lake then head back to the put in which can involve paddling a minimum 2 miles. At their option, several more miles and lots of scenery are easily possible in the marsh and bay area before the main part of the lake. It is likely that a sub-group leader will be appointed for the short paddle to keep track of that group as the group going to the ferry landing will have no way to keep track of the A-TEAM! folks; (3) When deciding who to car pool with, try to do it with someone going on the same trip you are, either long or A-TEAM!. Certainly, if you do not mind a little idle time in Ti or on the water waiting for your ride, don’t worry about that. Boats: Any of the boats routinely used on flat water CC paddles are fine for the La Chute portion of the trip and on Lake Champlain. If you plan to do the longer trip and if you have a choice of boats, whichever one you have that is better suited for a little wind and some waves would be the better choice. In any case, Swifts, Hornbecks, Placids, Wenonas and others of that ilk are just fine for anything on this trip.


#1605   Pole Hill Pond and Walnut Ridge Hike
Check out the  Pole Hill Trail Guide And Map and another description and information at Trimble Outdoors where you can double click on Media Gallery for photos

#1604   Indian Kill Preserve Hike
Indian Kill Brochure with map and directions to trailhead. The location of the Indian Kill Preserve is located centrally to many of the Canes affording a number of different approaches – the directions below are only a couple of suggestions:
1.) For those meeting at the Exit 12 Park and Ride – please use the parking lot to the right as you enter the perimeter road to Malta Commons.  2.) Via Rt 50 from the north and for those coming from exit 12 of the Northway: Proceed south on Rt 50, turn left on Hetcheltown Rd (Foggs used car dealer on corner). Continue 1.9 miles to Preserve parking and TH on right. 3.) Via the Northway from the south: Exit 9W at Clifton Park to Rt 146 W. Continue on Rt 146 for 6 miles. Where Rt 146 turns left, continue straight into Glenridge Rd. Continue on Glenridge Rd for .8 miles to a roundabout – taking first exit on to Maple Ave Ext. Continue .3 miles to parking and trailhead on left. 4.) For those using a GPS: use 24 Hetcheltown Rd, Schenectady as the address – Indian Kill Preserve is across the street.


#1601   Mount Van Hoevenburg Snowshoe/Hike
Olympic Sports Complex:   Info   Bobsled Run History

2015

#1581   Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob
Check out: LGLC Pilot Knob Preserve  and Off On Adventure  

#1580  Tirrell Pond Through Hike
Refer to these two separate links in order to get an idea of the complete route:  CNY Hiking  and Off On Adventure

#1579   Rock & Clear Pond Hike
Continued from the Schedule page.........into the rock. If you are interested in history, try Googling "Rock Pond Iron Mine". I suspect we'll also have time to visit the open pit graphite mine located a few hundred feet uphill from the iron mine. Kurt and I recently explored all 100+ feet of the horizontal shaft, balancing ourselves on logs that had been strategically placed. A headlamp and 2 trekking poles helped to keep us from slipping into ~6" of orange ooze, consisting mostly of non-corrosive, non-toxic Iron Hydroxide. The frogs seemed quite at home in it. From here we will continue on to Clear Pond and Mud Pond, eventually reaching Putnam Pond and our cars. The total distance is about 7 miles with many ups and downs on trails that consist of rocks, roots and occasionally down right pleasant duff. There may only be a 200' change in elevation, but some of the hills will provide you with a good workout. Note: It may be close to 5:30 before we return to WCMC. Meet at WCMC at 8:45, depart at 9:00. MORE YET!

#1577   New York / Sandgate Vt. Bike
This is a beautiful ride through some rural valleys of Washington County, NY and Vermont, quite remote with approximately 1/2 of the route on hard packed dirt roads. While the route can be pedaled with a touring/ narrow-wheeled bike, a hybrid or even a mountain bike might be more appropriate. There are some hills, with a gradual elevation gain of approx. 700'....then a long well-earned downhill to Sandgate.

#1576   Rock River Trail Hike
The current trail is used by snowmobiles in the winter and the first 2 miles of the trail were once the stage coach road from North Creek to Blue Mt Lake. Please see CNY Hiking and Adirondack Experience for additional information.

#1575   Bird Mountain
!!!Warning!!! This hike is 6.5 miles RT, 1714' rise (527 vertical ft / mile is a pretty good climb), 2,100' +/- total ascent. See Birdseye Mountain Ski Area History; Castleton Connection; Bird Mountain WMA (PDF); Vermont PBS  Directions to the Bird Mountain trail head: Travel time is almost exactly one hour including a 10 minute pit stop at the Vermont Welcome Center. The distance is 40.1 miles. From WCMC, right on 9, right on 149  to Fort Anne, left on 4 to Whitehall, right on 4 to Vermont Exit 5, right at end of ramp on East Hubbardton Road, 0.1 mile to left on 4A, 2.8 miles to trail head on right. There is no trail sign, only a small parking lot and some chain link fence, a “private property no dumping” sign and another sign that says “Welcome To Castleton” if viewed from the direction opposite your travel direction. N43.61017 W73.11507

#1572   Friends Lake Paddle & Picnic
Directions from the South (Most common, starting at Exit 23, Warrensburg exit of the Northway): From exit 23 turn left on Diamond Point Rd - ~.25 mile to NY9. Turn right on NY9 and continue north through Warrensburg for ~ 4 miles to NY 28.Turn left on NY 28 and continue for ~5 miles to CR8/Friends Lake Road. Turn right and follow CR8/Friends Lake Rd for ~4.5 miles to Murphy Rd on the right (just past Friends Lake Inn). Turn right and follow Murphy Rd to the parking area at the lake shore. For directions from the North – please contact Tom- total distance from Exit 25 is less than 5 miles.

#1571   Cascade Pond Loop Hike
For those that would like to go directly to the trailhead we should arrive there by 10:30. From the Hamlet of Indian Lake, continue west on NY 30/28 towards Blue Mountain Lake for ~10.5 miles. Turn left on Durant Rd/CR19 and in ~1/4 mile turn left on a dirt road to the trailhead. Also, Karen will go directly to Stewart’s in Indian Lake but Peter has offered to meet the group at the WCMC and Wevertown. Additional info at CNY Hiking

#1570   Hudson River Bike
This route has nice views of mountains both east and west while traveling thru rural farmland with mostly level terrain with a total biking distance of ~27 miles. For those that wish to shorten their route there would be an option to spot a car either at the HCP, for a total of 15 miles, or Fort Miller, for a total of 19 miles. Meet at the Rogers Island Visitor Center at 10:00. Please feel free to contact me to discuss spotting a car at either of the two locations noted. Directions to the Rogers Island Visitor Center: From Exit 17N proceed on US 9 north for ~1.8 miles to NY 197. Turn right on NY 197 and continue for ~4.6 miles – entrance to the Rogers Visitor Center will be on your right. Please visit Hudson Crossing Park for detailed info and make sure you click on the Virtual Tour option under the Explore The Park icon.

#1569   Cedar River Flow Paddle
The Cedar River and associated Flow (lake) is located in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Area near Indian Lake. We will launch at Wakely Dam and paddle the length of the Flow until we reach the junction of the lean-to and the Northville-Lake Placid Trail near the Cedar River. This will serve as our lunch spot and turn around point. The round trip distance is about 9 - 10 miles, but folks are welcome to come along and just paddle the Flow on their own, hopefully with a friend or two. The pace will be leisurely, so we’ll have plenty of time to explore the shoreline and watch the wildlife. Wind, when it does blow, tends to follow the length of the Flow so it can be an issue, especially if you are paddling a tandem canoe with high sides. Solo canoes and kayaks should fare well. In the past I have seen loons, Canada geese, osprey and ducks so bring your binoculars and your camera. Because of the long drive and the length of the paddle I would like to meet the main group at WCMC at 8:15 with a departure time of 8:30. This will be followed by a brief stop at the Town of Johnsburg Court House at 9:00 and a pit stop at the Stewart’s Shop in Indian Lake around 10:00. Please note that the last 10 miles or so of the trip is on a dirt road with occasional pot holes and protruding rocks. I’ve driven it many times in my Honda Civic but then I find that dodging the latest frost heaves is kind of fun. And More....

#1567   La Chute River / Lake Champlain Paddle
Our early departure from WCMC DOES NOT mean we'll be back at WCMC early! With two + hours of drive time and an 8 mile paddle, figure our return to WCMC will be 5.00-ish, maybe a little later. The put in is on the opposite side of the river from Bicentennial Park at coordinates 43.849745 73.419400. A map showing the put in and Bicentennial Park is HERE. A map showing the route to the put in from the intersection of Rt. 74 & 22 (the corner where McDonalds is) is HERE. Pit Stops: After leaving WCMC (meeting time 8.45, departure by 9.00), we will make a pit stop at the Ticonderoga McDonalds before proceeding to the put in. Alternatively, restrooms are available at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum & Visitor Center at 137 Montcalm Street which opens at 10.00 am. It’s right on the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park. Routes and Trip Length: Two options are available. Take your pick: (1) The scheduled trip is about 8 miles round trip from the put in to the park at the ferry landing on the lake and back to the put in; (2) Some paddlers may wish to run the La Chute down to the lake then head back to the put in which can involve paddling a minimum 2 miles. At their option, several more miles and lots of scenery are easily possible in the marsh and bay area before the main part of the lake. It is likely that a sub-group leader will be appointed for the short paddle to keep track of that group as the group going to the ferry landing will have no way to keep track of the short trip folks; (3) When deciding who to car pool with, try to do it with someone going on the same trip you are, either long or short. Certainly, if you do not mind a little idle time in Ti or on the water waiting for your ride, don’t worry about that. Boats: Any of the boats routinely used on flat water CC paddles are fine for the La Chute portion of the trip and on Lake Champlain. If you plan to do the longer trip and if you have a choice of boats, whichever one you have that is better suited for a little wind and some waves would be the better choice. In any case, Swifts, Hornbecks, Placids, Wenonas and others of that ilk are just fine for anything on this trip.

#1566   Blue Ledge Hike
 An article by Mike Miller about the Blue Ledge hike is at: Off On Adventure. Thanks to sharp eyed Jack Reber, we're privy to a bit of history on the Northwoods Club and one of its notable members, Winslow Homer at: Northwoods Club and Winslow Homer.

#1565 Hudson River - Feeder Canal Paddle
The Hudson River Park is located off of Big Boom Road in the Town of Queensbury. From Exit 18 of the Northway head east on Broad St only a short distance and turn right on to Big Boom Rd. (adjacent to Carl R’s Restaurant). Continue on Big Boom Rd. south to the shore of the Hudson River and the boat launch. Also check out this Feeder Canal link.

#1564   Lake Abenakee Paddle
Byron Park is located ~.75 miles towards the hamlet of Indian Lake from the Rt 28 Bridge over Lake Abanakee on the south shore of Adirondack Lake. The launch site is located adjacent to the parking lot on the south side of Rt 28 just before you go over the bridge crossing Lake Abanakee.

#1563   Northville - Lake Placid Trail Hike
This is a new section of the Northville - Placid Trail, with the trailhead located south of the Village of Northville on the Collins Gifford Valley Rd. Work is ongoing on this section, estimated to be completed in 2016. Currently, the southern end of this section ends at the banks of West Stony Creek where a bridge is planned that will allow the visitor to continue north and connect to the NPT at Woods Lake on the Benson Rd. For those that would like to meet at the trailhead here are the directions beginning at the Vail Mills visitor center at the junction of NY 29 and NY 30: Take NY 30 N for ~5 miles to the intersection of NY 30A (blinking light) where you bear right and continue on NY 30; continue on NY 30 N for ~9.2 miles to CR123; turn left on CR 123 and continue for ~.9 miles to Collins Gifford Valley Rd; turn right onto CGV Rd. and continue for ~.7 miles to the parking lot access road on your left.

#1562   Lens Lake Paddle
Meeting at the parking lot across from the Hadley-Luzerne High School is recommended for all except those coming from Warrensburg and points north (in which case we would make arrangements to meet at the Town of Stony Creek offices) – if you are from Warrensburg or points north you already know the back way to Stony Creek.  However, for the adventurous you could also go directly to the launch area – if you are so inclined, email and we will send you directions.

#1561   Bird Mountain Hike
See Birdseye Mountain Ski Area History; Castleton Connection; Bird Mountain WMA (PDF); Vermont PBS.  Directions to the Bird Mountain trail head: Travel time is almost exactly one hour including a 10 minute pit stop at the Vermont Welcome Center. The distance is 40.1 miles. From WCMC, right on 9, right on 149  to Fort Anne, left on 4 to Whitehall, right on 4 to Vermont Exit 5, right at end of ramp on East Hubbardton Road, 0.1 mile to left on 4A, 2.8 miles to trail head on right. There is no trail sign, only a small parking lot and some chain link fence, a “private property no dumping” sign and another sign that says “Welcome To Castleton” if viewed from the direction opposite your travel direction. N43.61017 W73.11507

#1544   Brookhaven Golf Course Ski
Plan on bringing lunch.. However, if conditions are good, with lots of snow, The Haven Tee Room may be open for lunch and would allow for the option to have lunch there and support a local business. Details will be made available as the date approaches. More yet... 

#1543   Casey Mountain Garnet Mine Snowshoe
Our access to the garnet mines will be over the private land of a local outfitter and we will each make a donation of $5.00. This is a trip the outfitter offers commercially to the public, so it is more than fair to pay this small amount for the privilege of spotting cars and the trail access afforded by this location.  The BIG plus of accessing the garnet mines from this location is that it saves 5.6 miles of trekking, half of that distance an unbroken bushwhack! This trip will not be longer than 3.2 miles with a total ascent of not more than 1200 feet. WCMC 9.15 or Wevertown at 10.00 +/- or Ross Pond trail head at 10.20 +/-.

#1540  Santanoni Ski And More
The outing is scheduled as a ski. However, for those who do not ski there may be an option offered to snowshoe the nearly 4 miles of trails of the Adirondack Interpretive Center located nearby on Rich and Harris Lakes. Details will be made available as the date approaches. See SUNY ESF  and DEC for additional information and for current trail conditions.

2014

#1515   Treadway Mt. Hike/Paddle Combo
The Treadway Mt trail and boat launch are in the Putnam Pond State Campground. People 62 and older are free to enter Putnam Pond.  For people under 62 there is a $6 per car day use fee (if there is at least one senior in the car the whole carload is free so we can rearrange seating before going thru the booth). Also, in the past we had always been waved in as a group, however, on our last visit they required each vehicle to register – thus the reason for an earlier start. The boat launch is safe for all types of boats however; after we cross Putts Pond we will be leaving our boats unattended while we hike. This is a rather remote take-out and we have never had any problems leaving boats unattended. However, for those of you who would like a peace of mind please feel free to bring a cable lock to attach your boat to a tree or someone else’s boat. It is a good practice to hide your paddle. It will be a long day so bring plenty of snacks/water.

#1513   Lens Lake Paddle
Meeting at the parking lot across from the Hadley-Luzerne High School is recommended for all except those coming from Warrensburg and points north (in which case we would make arrangements to meet at the Town of Stony Creek offices) – if you are from Warrensburg or points north you already know the back way to Stony Creek. However, for the adventurous you could also go directly to the launch area – if you are so inclined, email and we will send you directions.

#1525   New York / Sandgate Bike
This is a beautiful ride through some rural valleys of Washington County, NY and Vermont, quite remote with approximately 1/2 of the route on hardpacked dirt roads. While the route can be pedaled with a touring/ narrow-wheeled bike, a hybrid or even a mountain bike might be more appropriate. There are some hills, with a gradual elevation gain of approx. 700'....then a long well-earned downhill to Sandgate.

#1523   Lake Abenakee Paddle
As you approach the hamlet of Indian Lake on Route 28 heading north you'll cross over Lake Abanakee. Immediately after the lake, turn right onto Chain Lakes Rd. Go about 3/4 mile. There is a dirt parking area on the left and a small put-in on the right. This is after the town beach. If you pass the dam you've gone too far.

#1521   Friends Lake Paddle And Picnic
Friends Lake currently does not have any invasive plant species and they would like to keep it that way. As a preventative measure a boat wash for all to use prior to entering a boat into the water will be provided.Directions from the South (Most common, starting at Exit 23, Warrensburg exit of the Northway): From exit 23 turn left on Diamond Point Rd - ~.25 mile to NY9. Turn right on NY9 and continue north through Warrensburg for ~ 4 miles to NY 28. Turn left on NY 28 and continue for ~5 miles to CR8/Friends Lake Road. Turn right and follow CR8/Friends Lake Rd for ~4.5 miles to Murphy Rd on the right (just past Friends Lake Inn). Turn right and follow Murphy Rd to the parking area at the lake shore.Directions from the North – please contact Eric or Tom for directions - total distance from Exit 25 is less than 5 miles.