Canoeing the Lower Bog

Martha near the put-in for the Lower Bog

Most people who canoe the Bog River start at the Lower Dam and paddle upstream to Hitchins Pond. From there, they can carry around the Upper Dam to enter Lows Lake. But there is another flatwater trip on the Bog that doesn’t see as much traffic.

The iron ring.

About a half-mile above the falls,we passed under an old bridge. Just around the next bend we passed a solitary boulder in the middle of the river. Bolted to the upstream side of the boulder is an iron ring, evidently an artifact from the logging days. I am wondering if anybody knows the story behind this ring. Or if any would care to speculate. If so, please leave a comment.

The Lower Bog is a pleasant paddle that ends all too quickly. However, you can extend the outing with a hike along Round Lake Outlet. Just past the confluence, look for a flat spot with grass and mud. A short path leads from here to a more established trail that parallels the outlet upstream. We didn’t follow it, but Bill Ingersoll has described the route in the Explorer and says it’s quite scenic. The trail is used by paddlers who do the forty-five-mile Lows Loop that starts at Little Tupper Lake and takes in, among other waterways, Lake Lila, Lows Lake, and the Bog River.After your adventure on the Lower Bog, you can cool off with a dip in the natural pool near Bog River Falls.


About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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  1. Karen Baierl says

    What is Martha using? Looks like a Hornbeck?? My sister and I are interesting in getting either a kayak or something similar for us 2 50-something gals that is lightweight and easy to handle. What do you suggest?

    • Phil says

      Karen, Martha is using a Hornbeck Black Jack, made of carbon. It weighs about 12 pounds. I was using a Placid Boatworks Spitfire, which has a sleeker design and weighs about 20 pounds. Both are good boats. I would check them both out.

  2. jane long says

    Phil, the posting of this article seems to be missing parts? where do you put in to paddle the lower Bog? we assume its above the falls but where is the access? And can you paddle all the way to the lower dam? So you could paddle from Little Tupper to Lows?

    • Phil Brown says

      Jane, we put in just above Bog River Falls. You can paddle less than two miles upstream–to the confluence of the Bog and Round Lake Outlet. Getting from there to either Little Tupper or the lower dam would require a lot of portaging.

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