When I read Phil Brown’s article on paddling the upper Hudson and Opalescent Rivers, part of the new state land acquisition called the MacIntryre East Tract, I knew I had to check it out.  The trip did not disappoint me and is one that I would recommend to any paddle enthusiast.  I followed Phil’s suggested itinerary that you can find in this Adirondack Almanack article.  The upstream paddle on the Opalescent River was a challenge at times but the float down was worth all the effort to get upstream.  At lower water levels it might be a challenge to make it all the way to the railroad bridge that crosses over the Opalescent which is where I decided to turn around.

If you get a chance this summer you should check out this beautiful new piece of state land.  Here are a few photos from the trip:

paddling Lake Sanford
Lake Sanford

boulders on Lake Sanford
Boulders on the side of Lake Sanford.


paddling where the Opalescent and Hudson River converge
Where the Opalescent and Hudson River converge.



Opalescent River
A view of the Opalescent River from the railroad bridge.


paddling hudson river
The Hudson River
view of the MacIntyre Range paddling
A view of the MacIntyre Range from a backwater spot on the Hudson.

If you are interested in more paddling ideas this summer check out Adirondack Paddling by Phil Brown.

Seth Jones

Seth Jones is the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Education Programs
Coordinator. He has worked for ADK since 2008 and is a former High
Peaks Summit Steward and Johns Brook Lodge Hutmaster. Seth has a B.S. in Conservation Biology from SUNY ESF. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities that includes paddling, fly fishing, hiking, skiing and photography.