Boating and paddling are popular activities when a town has the word “lake” or “river” in its name. Mirror Lake and Lake Placid, the town’s namesake, make Lake Placid a paddler’s dream destination; this town has excellent kayaking. You can also explore more than 2,300 ponds and lakes outside of town in the Adirondacks.

Best Kayaking Destinations Near Lake Placid

The team at Whiteface Lodge is here to help you prepare for an unforgettable kayaking adventure near Lake Placid. Whether you prefer kayaking on the calm waters of Mirror Lake or on whitewater, the Lake Placid area offers the kayaking adventure you are looking for.

Mirror Lake

With its pleasant weather in spring and fall, Mirror Lake is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, but boating and kayaking reign supreme. Motors powered by gas are not allowed on the lake, making it more tranquil than other popular paddling spots. Summertime on Mirror Lake means fireworks and concerts, and there’s something very special about enjoying them from a kayak.

Lake Placid

Kayaking the calm waters of Lake Placid is a delight. Mountain ranges surround the lake, providing a picturesque backdrop for a paddling trip. You can explore coves, bays, islands, and more. For kayakers new to the sport or if you prefer calm waters, we recommend getting to Lake Placid early; the waters will be at their calmest then.

West Ausable River

Whiteface Lodge is a bit of a drive from the West Branch of the Ausable River. However, for experienced paddlers looking to challenge rapids, it is well worth a visit. The West Ausable features Class II rapids, providing an exciting kayaking experience. As well as the rapids, this river offers spectacular views of Whiteface Mountain. A trip on the West Ausable can be challenging, so inexperienced paddlers should avoid this location.

Oseetah Lake

Oseetah Lake is one of the hidden gems of the Adirondacks. On this quiet lake, aquatic wildflowers are plentiful, large populations of bass fill the waters, and awe-inspiring mountain views dazzle paddlers and anglers alike. While Oseetah Lake is far from the most popular kayaking destination near Lake Placid, it is certainly one of the most stunning.

Kayak Rentals Near Lake Placid

If you don’t own a kayak or didn’t bring one with you on your vacation, there are plenty of kayak rentals in the Lake Placid area. Mirror Lake Boat Rental offers single and double kayak rentals. Captain Marney’s Boat Rentals is another reputable option. Whether you’re looking for a single or a double kayak, the rentals in Lake Placid have what you’re looking for and can get you out on the water quickly. 

After Your Adventure, Relax at Our Lodge in Lake Placid

After kayaking in Lake Placid, enjoy comfortable lodging from Whiteface LodgeAfter a day out kayaking the rivers, lakes, and ponds in the Lake Placid area, take a load off in your comfortable accommodations from Whiteface Lodge. We provide luxury lodging, delectable dining, and exciting activities in Lake Placid, making us the area’s premier resort. For more information or to book your stay, please call us at 518-523-0505.