Cheney Pond to Boreas (Lester Flow) Paddle

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Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest

Cheney Pond to Boreas (Lester Flow) Paddle is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Olmstedville, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 127 feet Route Type: Out & Back




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A beautiful hidden Adirondack pond that leads to a great paddle Cheney pond offers a greta paddle, beach and an exceptional lean-to. The lean-to is a short half mile paddle across the pond and offers a fire ring as well as an extensive sandy beach. Just beyond the beach and lean-to you can continue through the channel and explore Lester flow (also known as the Boreas). Lester can get very low at times which will require some effort to get through the low spots - it also has many beaver dam's so be prepared to climb over them in low water. Lots of twists and turns and a few swift spots as well - keep an eye out for the sand bars and outcrops for a nice lunch stop as well. On the paddle back to Cheney you will also have views into the high peaks for a short time.

washed out
1 month ago

The half mile trail to the Pond is an old road, that is still in use. While we walked down with our kayak, two trucks drove right by us. We couldn’t find any trails that led around the pond, just right to the one spot to put a boat in. Needless to say, we left.

9 months ago

Beautiful pond, easy .6 mile walk in from Blue Ridge Road. Two loons were on the pond when we visited.

paddle sports
Tue Jan 07 2014

This was a great paddle! We enjoyed a nice afternoon on the water between Cheney Pond and the Boreas/Lester Flow. The channel between the two was very low due to the beavers so we carried the kayaks through and then started down the Boreas. The Boreas was really cold but not too cold where we couldn't walk in it to get through the low spots and over the beaver dams. Great afternoon with incredible views.

Sun Jul 05 2015