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Lake Everest Wilmington

Community Paddling Program

Explore the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail

This program will not be run in 2018. We encourage people to explore the self-guided paddling trail on Lake Everest on their own.

Join AsRA's Science and Stewardship Director, Brendan Wiltse, on a paddling tour of the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail at Lake Everest. Participants will learn basic paddling skills and canoe safety as well as information on the natural history of the Ausable River and Lake Everest. The tour will loosely follow the self-guided paddling trail, but there will be plenty of opportunities to discuss and learn about the river and watershed. This is a FREE program, donations are accepted. 

What To Expect

The tour will be approximately 2.5 miles of paddling on Lake Everest. The lake is an impoundment on the Ausable River and therefore has a mild to moderate current. The tour will paddle upstream to the head of the lake stopping at several locations to discuss the natural history of the area. Depending on interest, participants may choose to stop at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge on the return trip. A strong paddler can complete this tour in about one hour without stops, the guided tour should take about two hours to complete.

If you have questions regarding this program please email Brendan Wilse at

What To Bring

It is strongly suggested that you bring the following items along with you. You do not need to own a boat to participate in this program. The Town of Wilmington will provide free canoe and kayak rentals to participants. Rentals include life jackets and paddles. 

  • Canoe or Kayak (free rentals available, includes paddle and life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Life Jacket
  • Food/snacks
  • Water
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Water shoes/sandals
  • Rain jacket
  • Light insulating layer

The program instructor will carry these group items. If you have these items we recommend you bring them. It is good practice to always carry the 10-essentials on every outing. 

  • First-aid kit
  • Map and compass
  • GPS
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Fire starter
  • Knife
  • Repair kit/tools

**Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Schedule & Sign-Up

All paddling tours will depart at 10am from the Wilmington Town Beach on Lake Everest on the scheduled date. You do not need pre-register for this event, all you need to do is show up at the Wilmington Town Beach on the appropriate day and time. Tours will be held on the followings days:

  • 2018 dates to be decided


The Wilmington Town Beach is located at the end of Bowman Lane (Beach Rd on Google Maps) off Route 86 in Wilmington. The turn off Route 86 is directly adjacent to the Owaissa Club and there is a sign for the beach on the opposite side of the road. 

This FREE program has been made possible by a Belay Grant awarded to AsRA by Columbia Sportswear and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, with matching funds from The Mountaineer.


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