Friday, August 26, 2016

Paddling the Moose River

Article written and pictures taken by Linda M. Heistman
Publicity Clerk-Old Forge Visitor Center


From Rondaxe Road to North Street Bridge:

The Moose River winds through beautiful wild areas, giving the paddler a true wilderness experience and a chance to see some wildlife. There are a number of small beach-like areas that offer nice rest stop and picnic opportunities.

How to get there:
From Old Forge Visitor Information Center, follow Route 28N about 4.5 miles to Rondaxe Road on the left. Follow Rondaxe Road about 1.5 miles, and bear right onto Carter Road. 
Sign for Carter Road
Carter Road is a gravel road. Follow Carter Road about ½ mile, past the sand pit on the right to the bridge which flows over the river. Put in on the far side of the bridge. There is a pull off parking on the right. 

A little about the paddling route:
The paddle route heads south from Rondaxe Road Bridge to North Street Bridge, approximately four miles. It could easily be made into a full day trip by continuing down the river and ending at one of the two local canoe/kayak outfitters (Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company and Tickner’s Moose River Paddling Trails). The longer trip requires a short carry (approx. 300 yards) around some rapids (more about the longer trip in an upcoming blog). 

This enjoyable, easy paddle runs with the current and the paddler is held in continuous suspense waiting to see the changing landscape around each of a multitude of bends. Less than a mile downstream, the river flows under a steel footbridge.  Some wildlife may be seen on this trip. On my outing, I saw a Great Blue Heron fly over.  As for any wilderness trip, good planning is advised. For this trip, two cars are needed or help from our local canoe and kayak outfitters to get you to your starting points. For local outfitters, please scroll down.
Rondaxe Bridge

Distances:
From Rondaxe Bridge to North St. Bridge:

·         Approximately four miles.
·         A family with small children should plan for at least four hours.
·         All other paddlers should plan for at least three hours.


Local Outfitters:

Tickner’s Moose River Paddling Trails
113 Riverside Lane, Box 267                                                                    
Old Forge, NY 13420
315-369-6286

Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company
2855 State Rt. 28
Old Forge, NY 13420
315-369-2300

Frisky Otter Tours
On the grounds of The Woods Inn
148 State Route 28
Inlet, NY
315-357-3444