The August Project. August 1st Ausable River Paddle.

It’s day one in my personal challenge to share my daily experiences along The Adirondack Coast. I am doing all of this without taking any time away from the daily grind, so all that I do will be centered close to home. This first day of August 2013 I loaded up my kayaks for a few great hours on the Ausable River.

Entering the thick canopy over the river
Entering the thick canopy over the river

The Ausable River loop is a flat water trip through the north and south branches of the Ausable River and a portion of Lake Champlain. The nearby Ausable Point campground is home to a very clean stretch of sandy beaches popular for wind surfing, sun bathing, and kite surfing. The north and south branches of the Ausable River flow through the Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area which is home to many varieties of wildlife enjoying this safe haven. Two beavers, countless small birds, hawks, ducks, and Herons were all enjoying the river with us.

opening into Lake Champlain
opening into Lake Champlain

Access to the River is available at Baggs Landing on Route 9 a few miles south of the city of Plattsburgh. Kayak rentals are available on site for anyone looking to take advantage of this incredible paddle but do not have their own kayak.

We had just enough daylight remaining after work to get to the River, unload, paddle the 4 mile, two-hour loop, and load the car back up. The perfect way to end the work day.

The sun beginning to set
The sun beginning to set
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