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6 Day Canoeing in the Adirondacks

Canoeing on a river

This trip explores the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY- often the Fulton Chain Lakes, Raquette and Long Lakes, Blue Mountain Lake, Tupper Lake, and the Saranac Lakes. Specific trip details will be provided by the trip guides.While some areas near small villages are populated, most of the country traversed is wild, secluded, and quiet. In August the warm water, bright sun, and cool nights make for an enjoyable trip through spectacular landscapes. You will spend time on some of the most beautiful lakes in Adirondack Park. Expect awe-inspiring beauty, lake swimming, and the potential to see amazing Adirondack lake wildlife--like the Loon! Usually, the trip is 5 days of canoeing and 1 day of hiking.


Trip Dates

August 12-19, 2021

Trip Fee

$530 Financial Assistance available


Adirondack Mountains, NY

Activity Level

Expect to canoe about 5+ miles per day and portage (carrying the canoe) about 1-2 miles over the course of the trip



Access to showers or restrooms



Day 0

August 12th: Trip participants arrive between 11:00AM and 1:00PM at Cornell, trip participants and their guides meet and begin to get to know each other, prepare their belongings for the trip and have a trip dinner (usually at one of the restaurants in Collegetown). Trip participants and their guides sleep on the Arts Quad.

Day 1

The trip wakes up bright and early and heads off to the starting point of their canoe trip.

Days 2-5

A normal day consists of canoeing about 5 miles, with ample time for rest and eating lunch. The trip will camp near the water each night. Some days may involve taking a day-hike and camping in the same site for 2 nights!

Day 6

All trips return to Ithaca for Camp-O-Rama, a closing ceremony and celebration of the Outdoor Odyssey trips. Trip participants clean their gear, share a meal with other trips, and get the chance to meet some of the ~200 other participants.

Move-In Day

August 19th: Trip is shuttled back to Bartels Hall, where the participants return their rented gear as a group. Once all gear is returned, trip participants are free to register at Barton Hall and move into their dorms. Often times, guides will help their trip participants move in.


"... a big thank you for giving our daughter the opportunity to go on the Outdoor Odyssey Canoe trip in August. She had a great experience - so good that she took kayaking lessons when she returned and recently she told me she wants to be a guide herself! We are so pleased that the experience was so positive for her."