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ADKX Boathouse and Minnow Pond Trail


* Minnow Pond Trail and the ADKX Boathouse are officially CLOSED for the season. *

Minnow Pond Trail is generally open daily, July 1 – September 13, depending on weather, trail conditions, and events. The trail and boathouse may close without notice. Please call ahead to plan your visit. (518) 352-7311

A short hike from the center of campus, take an easy ¾-mile walk and discover “a gem in the wilderness”—Minnow Pond. A trail to Minnow Pond dates back to this site’s early settlement history and was admired by Miles Merwin, the original builder and owner of the Blue Mountain House (1874-1953). Suitable for the whole family, the trail is open daily from July to September, depending on weather, trail conditions, and special events. This is a natural trail; it has uneven surfaces and some short, steep rises. It may not be accessible for people with limited mobility.

When walking Minnow Pond Trail, learn about the connections between land and water in the Adirondacks. Hunters and trappers who long ago navigated the region needed a boat that was easy to move over land and on water; thus emerged the guideboat, a unique vessel that was built specifically to meet the challenging landscape of the region. You’ll also learn about the people who were so moved by the recreational wonders of the Adirondacks, they committed themselves to protect the range of habitats found here.

When walking the Minnow Pond Trail, please remember:

  • Use of strollers and wheelchairs is not recommended.
  • Follow the orange trail markers posted and please stay on our trail.
  • All visitors must sign in at the trailhead kiosk located in the Fowler Lot.
  • At the trailhead kiosk, visitors will find field guides, a nature-themed scavenger hunt, adventure backpacks, and nature related programs.
  • Any child under 18 must be accompanied by an adult to hike on our trail.


At Minnow Pond, you will see why many consider the Adirondacks a boater’s paradise; the region is home to roughly 3,000 lakes and ponds and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams—many only reached by trails—The endlessly interconnected waterways are prized by those looking for a quiet outing or a wilderness adventure.

Minnow Pond is a small, roughly 90-acre waterbody above Blue Mountain Lake and is part of the Raquette River watershed. Surrounded by mixed forest, this serene pond is home to loons, otters, beavers, wood ducks, frogs, salamanders, and a variety of fish. Located at approximately 2,000 feet in elevation, the pond’s shoreline consists of coniferous and deciduous forests as well as wetlands.


The ADKX Boathouse has something for everyone, from novices to experienced paddlers and rowers. Here you will find vintage boats from the Adirondacks, northern New York, and other northeastern states—the types of boats that have plied the region’s waters for years. Traditional guideboats and rowboats as well as vintage canoes may be available for rent. Boats in this special collection require restoration and care; not all boats will be available at all times. Boat availability may change without notice.

Designed by Michael Bird, founder and principal of Adirondack Design, the ADKX Boathouse references Adirondack rustic architecture while a covered deck features peeled log columns and beams.



  • Blanchard guideboat. A 15’ guideboat built by John Blanchard, ca 1920.
  • Dolloph guideboat. A 15’ strip-built guideboat built by enthusiast Christopher Dolloph, ca 1990.

Skiffs and other rowboats

  • Skaneateles Skiff. A 15’ rowboat built by the Skaneateles Boat & Canoe Co, ca 1900.
  • Amesbury Skiff. A flat-bottomed, square-stern rowboat used by a summer camp on Adirondack lakes, ca 1960.


  • Rushton Indian Girl. An 18’ wood canvas canoe built by John Henry Rushton, ca 1911 – 1916.
  • Old Town canoe. An 18’ wood canvas canoe built by the Old Town Canoe Co, ca 1950.


Standard boats (Wood canvas canoes, skiffs, aluminum canoes)

60 minute rental: $25 for non-members/$15 for members

30 minute rental: $13 for non-members/$8 for members

Special boats (guideboats, select all wood canoes)

60 minute rental: $30 for non-members/$20 for members

30 minute rental: $15 for non-members/$10 for members

Rental available to visitors 6 years old and up.
There must be an adult in each boat.