Howdy. My wife and I are looking for a 3-day/2-night paddle in the Adirondacks in early May. We’re pretty familiar with the Adirondacks. We’ve done some primitive camping, and we’ve done a little bit of canoe camping, but more like the kind where you paddle across a pond and set up camp.
We’d like to do some more serious canoe camping and were thinking of starting with the Oswegatchie River (basically this trip). The idea is you paddle upstream for two days (the current isn’t supposed to be bad) and then back downstream on day three.
My only concern is that most reports of that trip are from July/August, and the water looks to be a decent bit higher in early May (and it is a decent bit higher right now). Does anyone have experience with the Oswegatchie River in May? If not, does anyone recommend any alternatives? We were going to go to Moose River Plains, but the road is closed for mud season.
PS We’re located in the Southern Tier and are definitely amenable to closer trips.
PPS We’re also considering a week-ish long trip later in summer if you want to recommend something for that.