Recreational Opportunities in the Racquette River corridor

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.

Private and state operated Campgrounds are located throughout the region and there are primitive Campsites and Lean-tos along hiking trails and sections of the river and it’s many impoundments. Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, and Cottages to rent are in every community, along with a fine assortment of Restaurants.

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!

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The Corridor

No matter how you spell it, the Raquette River has been a unifying force for human communities in this region for thousands of years. The river has been our road, our well, our power supply, our recreation, our ice tray, our scenery, our income, our sewer.
Anthropology, science of human culture, helps us to understand how, over the years, we have altered the river to serve us, but at the same time adjusted our lives to the river.

Taking the long view is instructive. For ten thousand years humans who came upon the Racquette perceived it as a great resource and a boon to the good life. The pioneers and native Americans depended upon the Racket for food, water, transportation and energy. Today we still depend upon the Racket, though it is a much changed river.

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