The ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak is set for Saturday, May 14 in Saranac Lake.
The annual event takes paddlers on a 10.5 mile course starting at Ampersand Bay Resort, across Lower Saranac Lake, through Second Pond and Oseetah Lake, and ending at Riverfront Park on Lake Flower, adjacent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation boat launch.
“This is the unofficial kick off to the Adirondack racing season,” said Karrie Thomas, executive director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), which now administers the event after taking it over from Brian and Grace McDonnell in 2021. “We’re excited to bring the paddling community back together after a long, cold winter.”
Race classes offer something for all paddle craft and skill levels. Entry fee is $30 per person, with NFCT members receiving a 15% discount. All proceeds from the event benefit NFCT stewardship work.
To register and for more information, visit bit.ly/rtmrace22.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a nonprofit organization that maintains and promotes the 740-mile water trail that runs from Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine, and connects New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. The trail showcases the mix of landscapes and communities currently lining the traditional routes used by Indigenous peoples, settlers and guides. It is the longest in-land water trail in the nation and consists of 23 rivers and streams, 59 lakes and ponds, 45 communities and 65 portages. To learn more, visit northernforestcanoetrail.org.