Since our first trip to Lake Everest resulted in less paddling than we would have liked, we went back for a second time sans puppy so we could actually explore the area a bit.
And we’re so glad we did! This little lake/river/body of water is so accessible and really beautiful. You can paddle downstream for quite a ways, and while you’re never really “out there” it’s much more of a wilderness experience than paddling on, say, Lake Placid or Mirror Lake.
Launching the boats is a breeze – drive up, park, and drop ’em in the water. At first, we weren’t really sure which way to go. So we opted to take a left from the launch area down towards the bridge that runs through the center of Wilmington. Along the way we passed several fisherpeople out enjoying the nice evening.
Not far after you pass the launch area going in the other direction, the river narrows and bends. At one point Dave chose to go left around a narrow island/strip of land/median (what the heck do you call that, anyway?), and I chose to go right with the hope that we’d meet-up downstream somewhere. And meet-up we did, but not before I passed a gorgeous heron hanging out in the shallow water among the cattails. It stood stock-still and its reflection was perfectly outlined in the calm water. I was kicking myself for not grabbing the camera from Dave.
But pretty soon we came across another funny little creature. Dave spotted a muskrat snooping and rooting in the reeds. We sat and watched for a bit and then he took off swimming… and swimming… and swimming along the shore. We followed him for a quite a while – he’d dip and dive, but would always pop up again not too far away. We finally lost him when he took a turn right for me and then dove right in front of my kayak.
What a cutie.
Though we didn’t run into any other wildlife – aside from copious amounts of feeding fish who managed to scare the crap out of us more than once with their jumping and thrashing about – we saw plenty of other cool sights.
It was getting late, so we decided to call it a day. But there were many other passages we could have explored.
We’re looking forward to getting lost on Lake Everest again sometime soon.
How to get there:
Lake Everest is located right off of Route 86 in Wilmington, north of Lake Placid and just one mile south of Wilmington center.