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Hudson River rafting opportunities can be found on the Central Adirondack Trail along NYS Rt 28 through Warren & Hamilton counties

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Lake Abanakee Dam

Central Adirondack Trail and Adirondack Trail, State Rt. 28, near Indian Lake in Hamilton County

Water releases from this dam make it possible for whitewater trips to use the Indian River to access the Hudson River and Hudson River Gorge.

Many visitors to Indian Lake have been customers of whitewater rafting outfitters, who have led rafting trips between the Lake Abanakee Dam on the Indian River to the hamlet of North River on the Hudson, 16 miles away. The Town of Indian Lake is the owner of the Lake Abanakee dam, which was built in the mid-1950s, and as the entity that is making pulsing releases from that dam to facilitate commercial rafting. An agreement prohibits the lake from being drawn down by more than four inches as a result of the releases. Water is released by the Town over a period of about two hours to flush the rafts on a wave down the Indian River and the Hudson River to the take-out location at North River. The gatekeeper at Indian Lake then makes releases to refill Lake Abanakee.

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Indian Lake

Closest Byway:Central Adirondack Trail and Adirondack Trail
Distance from Byway:near
Closest Route #:State Rt. 28
Months Occurring:may, june, july, august and september
Best Season:summer
Best Time:

Water release is about 10 am, in season

Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
Admission Fee:no


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