PICTURESQUE VIEW — A woman kayaks on the calm West Canada Creek waters in this 2016 file photo. The creek is one of many ideal area destinations for canoe and kayak enthusiasts.(Sentinel file photo)

Idyllic spots abound to kayak, canoe

Published Oct 8, 2017 at 9:00am

Central New York offers several lakes and rivers with picturesque waterfronts and views as the leaves begin to turn. Grab a kayak or a canoe and see nature’s fiery foliage from the water.

Always remember to bring a life jacket. Even in shallow waters, it can save your life by keeping you afloat.

As the weather begins to cool, so will the water. Always remember to dress for the water, never the weather. Just because it’s a sunny day does not mean that the water will not be frigid in the event you capsize your boat.

Layers of quick-drying clothes, hats and sunglasses are always encouraged and sturdy closed toed sandals or water shoes are preferred. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen and lip protectant are recommended to protect you from the sun’s reflective rays and winds off the water.

Here are some places to put on your kayak/canoe destination list this season:

Lake Delta Reservoir

Just a short drive north of Rome, Lake Delta is a staple to Rome’s geographic offerings. Its thick forestry makes for a picture-perfect afternoon on a fall day out on a kayak or canoe.

Its calming waters are perfect, not only for kayakers, but also for motor boats. Be cautious and generous and share the water properly.

Lake Delta is open year round.

Erie Canal

With numerous launch points in Central New York, Erie Canal allows kayakers an opportunity to kayak through history. The Canal has over 125 public access points along its 524-mile system.

Kayakers can start at Bellamy Harbor Park, located on East Whitesboro Street in Rome. A drive to Marcy allows for another launch point at Lock E20 that offers a small dock and a campsite.

There are two other launch points at Sylvan Beach and Verona Beach Informal Launch. A permit is not required to kayak in the canal.

Old Forge

Head up north to the starting point of Adirondack’s canoe trail with a trip to Old Forge.

New York’s largest water theme park, Water Safari, might be closed, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Rivetts marine has been the launching point for boats, canoes, kayaks and more since 1905. It’s located at the southeast end of the Fulton Chain Lakes.

The marina is open all season long. Visit their webiste at

Another launching point is Tickner’s Moose River paddling trails. They offer hourly, half day and full day trips. For more information, see