Blueway Trail: Port Kent to Willsboro
This route begins in the small community of Port Kent. The trail explores Schuyler Island, a site of boat-building history, and continues south to the historically commercial town of Port Douglas. Port Douglas offers paddlers the opportunity to stop and make use of a sandy beach and swimming area before continuing on to the deep and popular Willsboro Bay. Paddling down the west side of Willsboro Bay, cliffs and clefts tower along your right side.
Launch Sites: Port Kent Ferry Landing; Willsboro Bay NYS Boat Launch
Approximate Paddling Distance: 15 miles (24 kilometers)
Insider Tip by Paddlers Cathy Frank & Margaret Holden: "The undeveloped character of Schuyler Island, with primitive campsites, cobble beaches, and broad lake views, offers a peaceful place to relax or camp. A long spit of pebble beach on the west side of the island is a great spot to swim."
Other Notes: When passing near Schuyler Island, watch the weather closely. Storms can appear suddenly due to a blocked westerly view where most storms come from. This segment is exposed to both north and south winds until Willsboro Bay is reached, which provides southern protection.