Where To SUP In New York State

Outside of bustling Manhattan, New York state is a haven for stand-up paddleboarding. Much of the landscape, from its glacial lakes to ocean fronts, remains lesser-explored than many other states on the East Coast, which means that those who endeavor to explore the landscape are rewarded with the opportunity to paddleboard in peace. That’s not to say, however, that urban New York isn’t without its own paddleboarding enthusiasts. In fact, Manhattan facilities SUP to such an extent, some even make it a regular part of their routine.

Whether you’re visiting the state and don’t want to miss out on your practice or you’re looking to make paddleboarding a new hobby, we’re sharing a beginners guide of where to paddle in New York State.

Mirror Lake

Found near Lake Placid, a destination for watersport enthusiasts, Mirror Lake has all the signature components that make the northeast so special, such as the backdrop of thick woodlands and the horizon of rolling hills. It is well-celebrated for wild swimming purposes, with regional Iron Man tournaments being held in the water. However, outside of this annual takeover, the water remains calm and pristine, making it an amazing place for paddleboarders to visit and even spend a serene weekend away.

Lake George

New York’s most famous natural environment, as well as a stand-out location among the east coast states. The water and beaches are never too far from a range of facilities, including restaurants, and yet still each location retains a peaceful character. Paddleboarding is popular in the area and there are a number of rental services available, with options for lessons too. The water is known for being clear and calm, meaning that those who venture out to paddle will likely want to swim too.

Otsego Lake

This massive glacial lake, and source of the Susquehanna River, is open to boaters, swimmers, and boarders alike. Yet, despite its accommodating waterscape, its size means that finding a serene spot to explore is never difficult. Those who venture to paddleboard with a camera will find themselves able to see the famous Kingfisher Tower from a unique perspective too, making for great social media content of a well-shared attraction.

Thousand Islands

While technically only part of the Thousand Islands are found within New York State, this landscape is certainly worth exploring, especially by water since SUP will allow adventurous types to hop between the land formations with ease. Those happy to combine their time on the water with diving will also be able to see the area’s many shipwrecks.

Jamaica Bay

Without stepping too far from Manhattan, paddleboarders can access a waterscape that will make them feel far from the city. Jamaica Bay is an estuary found south of the city and has a number of beaches open to paddleboarders who want to easily get out onto the water and away from the metropolis. The landscape has seen considerable protection in recent years, with wildlife returning as a result. This means that those who venture out are likely to spot a great deal of fish and even flocks of migrating birds.