Area Activities: Canoeing/Kayaking
Many canoeing experiences are available in close proximity to Otter Creek Lodge. On the beach of Otter Creek Lodges private lake there are 2 canoes and 2 kayaks, paddles and life jackets. For some, the beauty and convenience of our small lake will be enough. For those wanting a little more adventure, Little Otter and Soft Maple Reservoir on the Beaver River are enjoyable and close by. Though a little further away, Stillwater Reservoir offers a longer trip without the need for setting up a shuttle. River trips ranging from several hours to several days can be accessed within 30 minutes to an hour drive from the lodge. We have tried out the following:
Beaver River- This is a great half-day trip and is only about 30 minutes (by car) from the lodge. This trip starts below Stillwater Reservoir and provides approximately 2-2.5 hours of river and lake canoeing. The Beaver River Canoe Route could also extend for days and include several portages. If you looking for expert class rapids there are several sections of the river that offer these during release times of the year. These sections are also portages along the Beaver River Canoe Trail for those that are not up to the big rapids or when the section is not flowing. Check out these links to view class IV-VI rapids.
Eagle Section Taylorville Section Moshier Section
Black River- The lower Black River is a slow winding river that meanders through woodlands and farm fields. Access in Lyons falls and Beaches Landing are within approximately half an hour from the lodge. Although not a particularly scenic or wilderness experience, this trip can provide a quiet and lazy afternoon of floating down river. Go north on the Black River to Watertown area and experience white water rafting and kayaking at its best featuring up to Class V rapids.
Moose River- The Middle Moose is a great all-day trip offering Class I and II rapids. The trip starts at Round Axe Lake above Old Forge (about 1 hour away) and takes out where the highway crosses the Moose River below Old Forge. Try the Lower Fork of the Moose for very challenging kayaking and rafting with up to Class IV rapids. And for the experts the Bottom Moose River features Class IV and V rapids.
Old Forge- The Fulton Lake Chain provides numerous connected lakes for short and long canoe trips. There are also many camping spots if overnight trips are what you desire.