The breathtaking Henderson Lake


Henderson Lake, Newcomb, NY

By far this is my absolute favorite place to paddle in the Adirondacks.  It’s a little out of the way but the trip itself is worth it.

You’ll pass by a bison farm with a great little gift shop and meat store.  Make sure to stop in because there are few places like this  in the Adirondacks, plus you can actually view the bison from an observation platform nearby.

Once you head towards the trailhead in Newcomb, you’ll pass by a restored iron ore-smelting furnace from the famed NL Industries in Tahawas, so be sure to stop and visit this site as well.

From there, you’ll head north to the trailhead parking area where hikers park to access the trailheads that connect to that area.  You’ll need a set of wheels for the half-mile portage into Henderson Lake.  It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get there but you can enjoy the rapids that flow south along the trail.  At the top of a small hill, you’ll come to the put-in on Henderson Lake.   It’s at the south end of a cove that leads out to the main portion of the lake.

Paddle in any direction for the most spectacular views of what I think is the most beautiful wilderness lake in the entire northeast.  You’ll see Wallface mountain,  the stone dancers of the mountain, numerous waterfalls, and dozens of waterways that lead you into the wilderness for the paddle that you’ll remember forever.  Plan to spend an entire day here because you won’t want to leave.
The breathtaking Henderson Lake
Henderson Lake

Have wheels


Have wheels
Henderson Lake

Plenty of spots to stretch and explore


Plenty of spots to stretch and explore
Henderson Lake

Paddle for hours


Paddle for hours
Henderson Lake

Bring your camera


Bring your camera
Henderson Lake

Soak up the scenes


Soak up the scenes
Henderson Lake

Scenic


Scenic
Henderson Lake

Group paddle


Group paddle
Henderson Lake

Wide open paddling


Wide open paddling
Henderson Lake

Easy way to find each other


Easy way to find each other
Henderson Lake

Gorgeous fall paddle


Gorgeous fall paddle
Henderson Lake

Very calm


Very calm
Henderson Lake
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