This trip starts right at our Saranac Lake Base and is one of our Day trip Packages that include the boat and pickup and return to our base at the end of the trip. The trip can be a 2hr trip (5.5mi) or a 4.5 to 5 hr trip(10 mi) to the top of Permanent Rapids. There is beautiful scenery into the McKensie Wilderness with Whiteface Mtn in the background. There is one easy, short Class I rapid (the easiest Whitewater classification) as you leave town. (Paddlers must have experience in moving water and be confident in up to Class I rapids in order to rent boats from us for this trip.)
Good campsites are found at 1.5 hrs and near Permanent Rapids if one wants to extend the trip to do an overnight. If you want to do an overnight it is nice to end either at Franklin Falls (about 8hrs total) or Union Falls Dam (10-12 hrs total).