Guided & Self-Guided Paddling Trips

Before booking a trip, please read this:

  • We can accommodate group sizes from 1 to 8 people, and larger groups by request with advanced notice.
  • We have guided and self-guided trips available.
  • Prices discounted for groups of 3 or more.
  • Children should be at least 2 years old.
  • Trips must be booked at least 2 days in advance. Contact us directly for last minute trip requests.
  • Boats, paddles, life jackets, dry bags, and safety whistles are provided. Our boat fleet includes a combination of high quality solo kayaks, a tandem kayak, and canoes.
  • On the Gifford Lake and Deer Creek paddling trips, there is an option to bring your own boats – contact us directly if booking this option.
  • All guided paddling trips must be accompanied by at least one of our experienced guides, who are first-aid, CPR, and water safety certified.
  • Each trip will include a safety briefing and a short introduction to paddling technique.
  • No alcohol is permitted on our trips.
  • All individuals must sign our waiver prior to participating in our trips.
  • Please review our weather cancellation, refund, and COVID policies.

Current guided trip options for the 2022 season (May – October) include:

See below to read about our self-guided trip options (rentals at specific locations by appointment) at Kasoag Lake and Gifford Lake.

Half Day Fish Creek Guided Trip (~4 hours/half day trip, 5.5 miles) Book this trip.
If you’re up for a longer and unique paddling experience, and want to get away from it all, this trip is for you. Paddle 5.5 miles, downstream, on the West Branch of Fish Creek (map it). This beautiful, undeveloped section of the creek winds through forests, fields, and marsh areas. Be prepared for stunning photo opportunities, and wildlife sightings along the way! The adventure starts at the Tug Hill Outfitters property, and ends at the Westdale fishing access site. You’ll begin with a short, .6 mile wooded hike to Tug Hill Outfitters private boat launch on Fish Creek, where the boats and gear will be waiting. We’ll take a short snack/stretch break about half way through the paddle. Trip times are approximate and will vary depending on water level and paddling speeds. Boats, paddles, life jackets, dry bags, and safety whistles provided. Available on weekends only. Due to the hike at the start of this trip, we do not allow individuals to bring their own boats.
Cost: $100 per person (group of 1 or 2); $80 per person (groups of 3 to 6) plus equipment tax.

Gifford Lake Guided Trip (1.5 – 2 hours, 3.2 miles) Book this trip.
A 3.2 mile out and back paddle on the West Branch of Fish Creek to Gifford Lake (1.6 miles each way). The trip begins at the Westdale Fishing access site (map it). From there, you’ll paddle with your guide up the winding creek, to a smaller, slow moving, wetland channel to the lake. This paddle offers great opportunities for photos and wildlife sightings. In the summer, the smaller channel is abloom with water lilies. Gifford Lake is a small, remote, undeveloped lake aside from a single house. After paddling around and exploring the lake, we’ll turn around and paddle downstream back to the trip starting point. Trip times are approximate and will vary depending on water level and paddling speeds. Boats, paddles, life jackets, dry bag, and safety whistle provided. Available on weeknights and weekends. For this trip, individuals have the option to bring their own boats
Cost (Boats provided): $60 per person (group of 1 or 2); $50 per person (groups of 3 to 6) plus equipment tax.
Cost (Bring your own boats): Contact us directly to book this option. $50 per person (group of 1 or 2); $40 per person (groups of 3 to 6). If some members of your group need to use our boats, it is an additional $10 plus tax for each solo kayak. NOTE – this trip is a great option if some members of your group own kayaks and others want to use ours.

Deer Creek to Lake Ontario Guided Trip (3 – 4 hours, 4.8 miles) Book this trip.
Experience two very different worlds on this beautiful and unique 4.8 mile out and back paddle on Deer Creek (map it) through the Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area. With your guide, you’ll paddle on a stream through scenic wetlands (2.4 miles each way), to a dock located at the foot of a sand dune that divides the marsh area from an expansive, rocky, Lake Ontario beach. We’ll get out at the dock and take a very short walk along a boardwalk to the beach, where you can spend some time walking, playing, snacking, and relaxing at the beach. This paddle offers great opportunities for photos and wildlife sightings. Trip times are approximate and will vary depending on water level and paddling speeds. This trip may be ideal for people who have difficulty getting in and out of boats due to limited joint flexibility/mobility, because there are kayak specific boat launches that allow you to get in and out of your boat on land. Boats, paddles, life jackets, dry bag, and safety whistle provided. Available on weeknights and weekends.
Cost (Boats provided): $100 per person (group of 1 or 2); $80 per person (groups of 3 to 6) plus equipment tax.
Cost (Bring your own boats): Contact us directly to book this option. $80 per person (group of 1 or 2); $70 per person (groups of 3 to 6). If some members of your group need to use our boats, it is an additional $10 plus tax for each solo kayak. NOTE – this trip is a great option if some members of your group own kayaks and others want to use ours.

Current self-guided trip options for the 2022 season (May – October) include:

Gifford Lake Self-Guided Trip (2.5 hours, 3.2 miles) Book this trip.

A 3.2 mile out and back paddle on the West Branch of Fish Creek to Gifford Lake (1.6 miles each way). The trip begins at the Westdale Fishing access site (map it). From there, you’ll paddle up the winding creek, to a smaller, slow moving, wetland channel to the lake. We will meet you at the fishing access site with the boats you reserved, life jackets, a dry bag, safety whistle, and paddle. We’ll provide directions for the route, get you set up in your kayaks, answer any questions, then send you on your way. You’ll have 2.5 hours to paddle, and we’ll be waiting for you when you return.

This paddle offers great opportunities for photos and wildlife sightings. In the summer, the smaller channel is abloom with water lilies. Gifford Lake is a small, remote, undeveloped lake aside from a single house. After paddling around and exploring the lake, you’ll turn around and paddle downstream back to the trip starting point. Trip times are approximate and will vary depending on water level and paddling speeds. Available on weeknights and weekends. For this trip, individuals have the option to bring their own boats, or rent from us. See photos of Gifford Lake and Fish Creek above.
Kayak Rental Costs for this Self-Guide Trip: $40 per person (renting 1 or 2 boats) plus tax; $30 per person (renting 3 or more boats) plus tax; $50 for a 2-person kayak or canoe (2 people in one boat) plus tax.

Kasoag Lake Self-Guided Trip (2 hours, 2 miles) Book this trip.

Enjoy a paddle on this small, beautiful, lake located in Williamstown, NY. This lake has lots of fun coves to explore and is protected from the wind. To go out and back on this lake it’s just under 2 miles, but if you want to explore all of the little coves, and hidden gems, it will take longer. There is minimal boat traffic on this lake, and awesome opportunities to see wildlife, including loons! We will meet you at the parking area of the Kasoag Lake Tavern and Grill with the boats you reserved, life jackets, a dry bag, safety whistle, and paddle. We’ll provide directions for the route, get you set up in your kayaks, answer any questions, then send you on your way. You’ll have 2 hours to paddle and explore, and we’ll be waiting for you when you return. For this trip, individuals have the option to bring their own boats, or rent from us. Available on weeknights and weekends. There is a $5 boat launch fee that goes to support the Kasoag Lake Conservation Association. After the paddle grab some delicious food and a drink from the Kasoag Lake Tavern & Grill, and sit out on their patio overlooking the lake.
Kayak Rental Costs for this Self-Guide Trip: $40 per person (renting 1 or 2 boats) plus tax; $30 per person (renting 3 or more boats) plus tax; $50 for a 2-person kayak or canoe (2 people in one boat) plus tax.

Paddling towards the boat launch on Kasoag Lake, with the Kasoag Lake Tavern & Grill on the right.
Paddling towards the boat launch on Kasoag Lake, with the Kasoag Lake Tavern & Grill on the right.
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