New York/Vermont

May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1999
New York/Vermont
Inn-to-Inn Sea Kayaking on Lake Champlain
Outfitter Price Accommodations
Paddle Ways
802-660-8606, www.paddle
$695 tourist hotels
Zoar Outdoor
800-532-7483, www.zoar
$405 tourist hotels

The Route: Two to four days of shoreline paddling with overnights and home-style cooking at lakefront B&Bs. Some of the longer itineraries include an ascent of 5.344-foot Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak.

When to go: June through September

Difficulty: Easy

Travel advisory: Experienced ocean kayakers, take note: Lake waves, albeit usually smaller than ocean waves, swell much closer together and with more frequency. They are also steeper.

High/low points:

  • Paddling under a 200-foot waterfall as it cascades off the Palisades, a series of sheer cliffs on the New York side of the lake.
  • Having to take a van to the day's destination when southerly winds kick up to 75 miles per hour and waves reach seven feet.

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