The August Project. August 2nd Kayak Point Au Roche

Perfectly blue sky, huge puffy clouds, and lush green leaves were the perfect backdrop for this Fridays paddle at Point Au Roche state park. Only a few miles north of downtown Plattsburgh, Point Au Roche State Park is the most convenient place for a quick after work stroll along the trails, or paddle through the bay in Lake Champlain.

Deep Bay
Deep Bay

Today my paddling partner and I got into Deep Bay by 6:45 with intentions of paddling a single loop around Long Point from the safe harbor of Deep Bay into the main body of Lake Champlain. Through calm waters we paddled along the rocky shore and cliff walls around the point. To our east, over Vermont, we could see a small but impressive thunderstorm sitting nearly motionless. Above us was a completely cloudless sky dotted with the occasional bird passing by overhead.

The end of the point. Thunderstorm off in the distance.
The end of the point. Thunderstorm off in the distance.

We reached our take out point in just under an hour, but felt that we hadn’t gotten enough water time. We turned back the way we came knowing that we would have plenty of time to return before the sun had completely set.

Thunderstorm over Vermont.
Thunderstorm over Vermont.

We rounded the point just in time to catch the setting sun behind the northern Adirondacks. Some late arrivals were pulling their sailboats into Deep Bay to take up refuge for the night. Two hours paddling time around Point Au Roche State Park was the perfect way to end the week.

The sun setting behind the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
The sun setting behind the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
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