Recreational opportunities in the Racquette River corridor are virtually unlimited. The highest source of the river flows out of the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park, where there are hiking trails to 5,000+ foot mountains as well as shorter, less rugged trails to many scenic locations. The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club schedules outings throughout the area that are free and open to the public. There are trails suitable for Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking and All-Terrain Vehicles . The region’s extensive annual snowfall provides outstanding Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowmobiling on miles of groomed trails.
You can contact our support team to find out how to obtain the new “Adirondack Paddler’s Map”, the best one available if you are interested in paddling in the Raquette River area.
The river itself offers every kind of water sport: from the Norwood Regatta, high powered hydroplane races on Norwood Pond (part of the Raquette River), to the “No-Octane Regatta” held at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. There are a lot of places for recreational, flatwater water Canoeing and Kayaking, and the more daring can find many sections of rapids to run, with some of the best being during scheduled water releases in the Stone Valley section of Colton.
Hunting and fishing have been popular along the river since the early Adirondack “Guides” brought their customers into the wilderness in the mid 1800’s. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation operates an extensive fish stocking program to supplement native species. Terrain ranges from vast tracts of timber in the mountainous areas to the mixed woods and farmland in the northern St. Lawrence River valley. Waterfowl can be found all along the river and nearby lakes, ponds, and marshes.Birding, Botany, and Wildlife Photography are other options widely available in the region.
Whatever your recreational interests are, no matter what season of the year – you can be sure to find an opportunity for them on or near the Raquette River!