We had planned to kayak on West, Canada and Lily Lakes a few times but it never worked out. We made it there this summer, finally. I have to admit that one of my favorite spots on the entire paddle was the little creek where we put-in, north of West Lake. Here is the put-in. It is made for trailer-ed boats, so it's not as gradual a slope as we prefer. But we got in without much trouble.
The creek twisted and wound around before reaching West Lake's northeastern shore. There was a tiny breeze, but the reflections were still quite visible.
Brody liked this part best also. He loves the closer shores of creeks and narrow rivers, compared to the openness of lakes. I think he is some times bored with the expanse of water and far away banks of many lakes.
I forgot to mention that West, Canada and Lily Lakes are in the southern part of the Adirondack Park. There are no large towns in the area, but it is northeast of Johnstown.
Here is my husband, on his way to West Lake from the creek. As you can tell, it was a beautiful day!
Brody really enjoyed the views, and I enjoyed not only the views but the reflections as well.
After reading about the area, I knew that our favorite type of paddling-- in the wilderness, was not what this destination is about. There are many camps on Canada Lake, quite a few on the north and western shores of West Lake, and some on Lily Lake. We crossed West Lake, paddled through a small portion of Canada Lake, and ended up on Lily Lake where we spent most of our paddling time.
As you can tell, Brody was featured quite prominently in my photos of the first part of our trip. Here he is showing you the southern and western shores of West Lake.
And this is a view looking east from the entrance to West Lake.
We paddled along this peninsula once on Canada Lake. The peninsula divides the waters between West and Canada Lakes. Anyone know why these 2 bodies of water are named separately instead of being one bigger lake with one name? I wonder if it has something to do with the water source? Or is it just "the way it is"?
After paddling along the peninsula past a number of camps, we arrived on Lily Lake. And it is full of lily pads, so I see where it got its name!
Since it was a weekend summer day, we did encounter some motor boats. In the morning there were only a few and most were fisherman who slowed for us and gave a friendly wave. There were also people outside around their camps puttering around or getting their boats ready for a spin.
Brody watches both lily pads and the shoreline for anything interesting. He didn't find much except the rock ahead of us,but he was intent, just in case!
I have more photos and descriptions of the area to share with you. Join me again soon for part II.