Kayaking: Canada Lake

I have been struggling to find new places to kayak. I was poking around on maps again recently and came across a lake I remember Anton mentioning (though he never went there): Canada Lake. Searching around, I found some evidence that this would be a good place to go. Measuring things on Google Maps, the perimeter looked just a little smaller than that of Harriman Reservoir, which is ideal for me.

I put in at a boat launch on West Lake. There was plenty of parking, and two other vehicles arrived with people putting in boats at about the same time as me.

Take a look at the entrance to the lake: https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.174046,-74.532906&spn=0.003623,0.008256&t=w&z=18

Do it.

It's only about a quarter of a mile as the crow flies, but paddling through that snaking winding bit was really disorienting and overall quite excellent.

I did a loop around West Lake. The water was really shallow for much of the lake, and I started noticing some bugs harassing me. Both of these observations increased in intensity through the whole trip.

The next part of my plan was to go to the southern end of Lily Lake and Stewart's Landing. I think that's what they were called. It was vaguely river-like, and I learned to stay toward the center to minimize my contact with the bugs. I was quite surprised to find a dam at the end with no warning signs. I got out to take some pictures and then turned around and headed to Canada Lake.

From Canada Lake - June 15, 2012
From Canada Lake - June 15, 2012

Canada Lake was just another lake at this point. The coast was thoroughly populated with summer homes, and many people were out working on them. I made my way to a little unoccupied island, went for a quick swim, and then headed home.

From Canada Lake - June 15, 2012

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Spotted this red, white, and blue in CANADA Lake territory:

From Canada Lake - June 15, 2012

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