Adirondack Canoe Waters - North Flow by Paul JamiesonExternal Link,

Donald Morris. 368 pp. Adirondack Mountain Club, 1991. This book provides the necessary details for most of the flatwater routes covered by the treks. From the headwater lakes and ponds, down the various branches and through numerous lakes to the Adirondack Park border you'll travel through history on the Oswegatchie River, Grass River, Raquette River, Cold River, Bog River, St. Regis River and the St. Regis Canoe Area, Deer River, Salmon River, Chateaugay River, Saranac River, Ausable River, Chubb River, Boquet River.

Adirondack Canoe Waters - South & West Flow by Alex ProskineExternal Link.

150 pp. Adirondack Mountain Club, 1989. This book covers flatwater lakes, such as the Fulton Chain, and many whitewater routes, such as the Hudson and Moose rivers. You'll find all the details for paddling the Boreas River, Cedar River, East and West Canada Creek, Fish Creek, Hudson River, Indian River, Kunjamuk River, Moose River and Fulton Chain of Lakes, Sacandaga River, Salmon River and Schroon River.

The Adirondack Book: A Complete Guide by Elizabeth FolwellExternal Link.

474 pp. Berkshire House Publishers, 1992. A travel guide to the North Country region.

The Adirondack Guideboat by Kenneth & Helen Durant. 1980. Reprint. 250 pp. Canterbury Press, 1990. The history of an Adirondack classic.

Adirondack Pilgrimage by Paul Jamieson. 248 pp. Adirondack Mountain Club, 1986. A collection of the author's articles, essays, and reviews of Adirondack subjects.

Adirondack Reader Edited by Paul Jamieson. 544 pp. Adirondack Mountain Club, 1982. A diverse collection of authors and subjects which span nearly 400 years of Adirondack literature and thought.

Adventures in the Wilderness by William H.H. Murray. 1869. Reprint. 352 pp. The Adirondack Museum/Syracuse University Press, 1989. This is a book the started the stampede.

Canoeing the Adirondacks with Nessmuk 177 pp. 

The Sairy Gamp was the lightest boat Rushton ever built, a nine foot canoe that belonged to George Washington Sears, an Adirondack writer in the late 1800's who went by the pen name of Nessmuk. Here is a collection of his letters, commissioned by Forest and Stream magazine. Canoeing the streams and rivers of the glorious Adirondack wilderness in this charming canoe, he contributed a glorious series of writings that have a special place in wilderness and canoeing writings.

An Adirondack Passage: The Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp by Christine Jerome. 256 pp. Harper Collins Publisher. 1994. This is the story of how the author traced Nessmuk's path, in a similar canoe, through the waterways of the Adirondacks, noting the changes that had occurred over the course of the century, and becoming ever more accustomed to the joys of life in wild places. 

Great Camps of the Adirondacks by Harvey H. Kaiser. 240 pp. David R. Godine, Publisher, 1986.

Guides of the Adirondacks: A History by Charles Brumley. 375 pp. North Country Books, 1994.

Rushton & His Times in American Canoeing by Atwood Manley, 1968. Reprint. 200 pp. The Adirondack Museum/Syracuse University Press, 1989. A history of canoeing in the 1800s and the life of Henry Rushton, boat builder.

Woodcraft and Camping by George Washington Sears (Nessmuk). 1920. Reprint. 105 pp. Dover Publications, 1963. One of the first books on the art of living in the wilderness.

Bears, Bibles and a Boy by Jesse David Roberts. Out of Print. "Between two trout streams which flow into the head of Brant Lake stood our weather-beaten schoolhouse, a one-room structure where all grades were taught. -- As if to protect us from the cold north and east winds, seven small mountains curved around in the shape of a horseshoe, for good luck. -- First, Second and Third Brothers were on the east [really southeast] side, a mountain for each of the Roberts boys. Thunderbolt stood in the center of the bend, then extending around to the north were Stevenson [now Stevens], Chub-pond [Little Stevens], and Big Hill [Number Eight]. To the south lay Brant Lake.

This on page 125, is a description of the topography of the valley we know as Read Scout Reservation, seen by the author when he was in school, perhaps in 1888.

Adirondack Park Backcountry Guidelines This is a free publication by the Adirondack Park Institute. Contact the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Centers, P.O. Box 3000, Paul Smiths, NY 12970 Phone: (518) 327-3000

Above books that are published by the Adirondack Mountain Club are available in bookstores or at the Adirondack Mountain Club headquarters on Route 9N South (Northway Exit 21) in Lake George, NY. To order by mail or phone, call (518) 668-4447 or (800) 395-8080 (M-F, 9-4, within U.S.), or write ADK Publications, RR 3, Box 3055, Lake George, NY 12845


Adirondack Paddlers MapExternal Link

NEW 7th edition now available. 

Canoe and kayak map covering The Saranac Lakes, St. Regis Wilderness Area, Santa Clara Tract, Five Ponds Wilderness, Whitney Wilderness, Raquette River, and Cranberry Lake Wild Forest. Waterproof, full-color shaded relief map showing portages and campsites. Designed to use with the Adirondack Paddler’s Guide. Shows launch sites, campsites, leantos, portages and adjacent hiking trails.

U.S. Geological Service Topographical MapsExternal Link: USGS Topographical Maps are the most detailed maps you can buy. Purchase them at local sporting good stores or contact USGS at 1-800-USAMAPS for a catalog of available maps. If you order maps by mail from USGS allow 4-6 weeks. USGS Map distribution, Federal Center Building 41, Box 25286, Denver CO 80225.

Adirondack Map SeriesExternal Link:External Link These 35"x45" maps cover larger areas than single USGS topo maps. They have contour lines and locate leantos, boat launches, and several types of trails. State land vs. private land is not shown. The scale of 1:62,500 (approx. 1 inch = 1 mile) is less detailed than USGS maps. Available at most area sporting goods stores.

  • • Northwest Lakes Map: includes Cranberry Lake, Lows Lake, Bog River, Tupper Lake, Upper Oswegatchie River, Lake Lila, Raquette River from Forked Lake to Carry Falls Reservoir, Upper St. Regis Lake, St. Regis Canoe Area, Upper Saranac Lake, Massawepie Area, and upper South Branch Grass River.

  • • Northern Region Map: includes the St. Regis Canoe Area, Upper and Middle Saranac Lake, the Oswegatchie River and Cranberry Lake.

  • • Central Mountains Map: includes Indian Lake, Jessup River, Upper Hudson River (Newcomb to North River), Cedar River Flow, Blue Mountain Lake to Raquette Lake, Piseco Lake, Sacandaga Lake and Lake Pleasant, Main Branch Sacandaga River to Wells, East Branch Sacandaga River, Kunjamuk Creek.

  • • Lake George Map: includes Lower Hudson River (North Creek south), Schroon River, Lake George, Brant Lake, Paradox Lake, part of Lake Champlain (Village of Crown Point south).

  • High Peaks Region Map:External Link includes West Branch Ausable River, East Branch Ausable River, Chubb River, Upper Boquet River, Lake Placid, Rich Lake, Harris Lake, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes, part of Raquette River and Upper Saranac Lake.

  • • West-Central Wilderness Area Map: includes the Fulton Chain, Raquette Lake, Forked Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Cedar River Flow, Moose River Plains area, North Branch and Middle Branch Moose River, Big Moose Lake, Stillwater Reservoir.

New York State Atlas & Gazetteer 88 pp. Published by DeLorme Mapping Company, Freeport, ME. 11x16 format, paper. Detailed road maps with topo contours and symbols locating features described in the Gazetteer section.

The Adirondack Park  1:200,000 scale with topo markings.   Plinth, Quoin & Cornice Associates, Keene Valley, NY  1986.

Adirondack Links

Adirondack Mountain ClubExternal Link

Adirondack MuseumExternal Link

Whiteface MountainExternal Link

Gore MountainExternal Link

Adirondack Life MagazineExternal Link

Saranac Lake Chamber of CommerceExternal Link

North Warren Chamber of CommerceExternal Link

Tupper Lake Chamber of CommerceExternal Link

Adirondack Mountain Trail and Recreation GuideExternal Link

Lake George Chamber of CommerceExternal Link

Adirondack 46er ClubExternal Link

Visit the AdirondacksExternal Link

Department of Environmental ConservationExternal Link

Northern Forest Canoe TrailExternal Link

General ADK InformationExternal Link