Traveling by water introduces children to remote natural beauty they may never otherwise encounter. Adirondack lakes and rivers offer opportunities for a variety of trips on local waterways including:

  • a leisurely paddle or gentle sail on our own Round Lake
  • an overnight sailing expedition to a remote island on Upper Saranac Lake
  • a five-day canoe trip with multiple portages, such as a 25-mile journey from Lows Lower Dam to Lake Lila.

Treetops campers learn at their own pace, accepting greater challenges when they are ready and willing.

Fundamentals & Skills

Experienced trip leaders with advanced proficiencies in canoeing, kayaking, or sailing guide campers every step of the way. At Treetops, our campers:

  • start small
  • learn by practice and at their own pace
  • are evaluated for the necessary skills for each trip.

After learning the required boating skills in Camp, as well the proper care for boating equipment, campers are eligible for day and overnight trips off the property.

No matter whether they are canoeing, kayaking, or sailing, all campers gain self-confidence and grit as they learn to:

  • steer a sailboat
  • paddle into a headwind
  • carry canoes over long portages.