Blueway Trail: Willsboro Bay to the Four Brothers Islands
This segment begins in the picturesque Willsboro Bay and take paddlers around Willsboro Point, once a site of many limestone quarries. The trail continues out to the Four Brothers Islands, which offers unparalleled bird watching opportunities. The route ends near the mouth of the beautiful Boquet River, another lively spot for wildlife viewing.
The more ambitious paddlers can choose to hug the western shore of Willsboro Bay on their way out of the bay in order to see the impressive cliffs and clefts up close.
Launch Sites: Willsboro Bay NY Boat Launch; Noblewood Park Canoe and Kayak access
Approximate Paddling Distance: 14.5 miles (23 kilometers)
Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank & Margaret Holden: "Be prepared for the raucous bird calls as you approach the Four Brother Islands. While the islands are home to mostly cormorants, a variety of gulls and a growing population of Caspian terns also nest here. You might catch a glimpse of black-back gull snagging a Caspian tern chick."
Notes: This segment should only be done in calm and clear weather by experienced paddlers as the islands are located nearly in the center of the broadest part of the lake, and paddlers will be exposed to wind in all directions. It is also important to stay far enough away from the islands as to not disturb the birds.