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Adirondack Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing and Kayaking

Garnet Hill is a fantastic location for Adirondack canoeing and kayaking. Nearby Thirteenth Lake is a beautiful, tranquil lake, with gorgeous mountain views that measures two miles long and  1/2 mile wide, perfect for paddling!  It is fed by numerous brooks and streams from the surrounding hills and mountains. The lake’s outlet is Thirteenth Lake Brook which meanders a steep and winding path down to the Hudson River in North River. For those who are interested in fishing, every spring the DEC stocks the lake with a variety of fish: freshwater salmon, lake trout, and brown trout.

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Reserve a Canoe or Kayak and Explore Thirteenth Lake

Garnet Hill Lodge maintains a fleet of canoes and kayaks for the exclusive use of our guests from 9 am to 4 pm daily, along with paddles and life jackets.  Our beach and access to Thirteenth Lake is approximately 1.2 miles from our main Lodge – about a 4-minute drive.

We highly recommend that Lodge guests reserve boats ahead of time during peak season.  Boats may be limited to two-hour blocks during peak season and can be reserved by calling our Outdoor Center.  Our beach attendant or someone from our Outdoor Center can help you launch and remove your boat safely.

Go canoeing or kayaking with one of the boats in our fleet and explore the many quiet and interesting spots along Thirteenth Lake’s pristine and totally uninhabited shores.  You can choose from our fleet of canoes and kayaks. Loons and beavers are regular inhabitants of the lake as are osprey, eagles, and hawks.

Guided Trips

Don’t want to explore on your own? Enjoy a guided canoe trip in the heart of the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks offer an endless number of excellent canoe trips on unspoiled rivers and lakes. Your guided canoe trip in the heart of the Adirondacks can last a few hours or a few days, it’s your choice. The guides we work with are licensed by the state and are also people who love the outdoors! While on your trip our guides will make sure you enjoy your experience to the fullest.  Contact us to book your guided trip.

Garnet Hill also offers the unique opportunity to paddle across the lake to hiking trails that lead up to Peaked Mountain, or Hour Pond and Bull Head Mountain.  These treks make excellent day-long adventures and you can purchase a packed lunch from the lodge to take along with you.

Discover canoeing and kayaking in the Adirondacks. Make plans to visit us today!

Click here for our resort map for directions to Thirteenth Lake. 


Enjoy Our Private Beach on Beautiful 13th Lake

Fall in love with Adirondack lake swimming during your stay at Garnet Hill Lodge.  Nearby Thirteenth Lake, located 1.2 miles from our Main Lodge, offers access for both supervised and open water swimming on a completely unspoiled Adirondack lake. Swim into the middle of the lake, lay on your back, and contemplate the majesty of the mountains above you as you listen to the sounds of nature and the call of the loons.

Adirondack LakeThirteenth Lake is a wild and beautiful clear wilderness lake. Except for our beach, there is no other evidence of human activity.  With no power boats permitted on the lake, this is an idyllic spot to relax and play.

The beach is sandy with a gradual decline into deeper water. There is a roped-off shallow area for small children and deeper water a short distance offshore. Comfortable Adirondack chairs are available for your use as well as barbecues and picnic tables.  In the summer months, a beach attendant is available to assist with putting boats in and out of the water.

Thirteenth Lake is a beautiful, scenic, and peaceful place to relax and rejuvenate. Make plans to stay with us today!

Click here for our resort map and directions to Thirteenth Lake – about a 4 minute drive from our main Lodge. 

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