Stand Up Paddleboard Trips

See the river from a new perspective. The Wild Center’s interpretive SUP trip brings you even closer to the real nature of the Adirondacks, from a sitting, standing or kneeling position. Each trip is led by a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center naturalist, ready to take you on an amazing journey through the Raquette River’s Oxbow to explore river habitats and catch a glimpse of local wildlife. You can paddle as an individual or with family and friends. The cost is $35/person for 1-2 people, $30/person for 3-5 people, or $25/person for 6-8 people. Each trip can accommodate up to 8 visitors.

Trips are offered everyday throughout July and August from 12-2 pm. Because of high demand you must pre-register for the trips online.

Boards, paddles, and lifejackets are all provided. This experience is tailored for paddlers of all experience levels, ages 10 and up. Children (ages 10-15) must be accompanied by at least 1 adult per 2 children.

Questions? Contact Shannon Surdyk at ssurdyk@wildcenter.org

For more SUP, canoe, or kayak options nearby, check in with Raquette River Outfitters, our partners in this watery expedition.

Not sure if SUP is the right fit for you?

Fundamental balance is necessary to paddle a SUP. As a basis for balance, we advise that all participants be able to stand from a seated position with ease prior to embarking on a SUP trip.

Our boards are durable and easy to use. We will start all participants in a kneeling position and show you how to properly stand on the board. If you are uncomfortable or unstable standing, you may remain on your knees.

PFDs are required to be worn and fastened at all times.

FAQ: Things You Should Know

  • What does SUP stand for?

    SUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboard. This sport was adapted from surfing and is now a popular activity enjoyed on flat water.

  • What if I've never SUPed before?

    That is perfectly okay, in fact our trips are geared to novice paddlers with little or no experience. Our trips are on calm, flat water and we maintain an easy-going pace throughout the trip. We will teach you proper paddling techniques prior to embarking and our guides are trained to assist you with any difficulties during the trip.

  • How many people can be on a board?

    We allow only one person per board. For new paddlers, it is easiest to maintain balance with solely one occupant. If you would like to paddleboard with multiple people, please purchase multiple boards.

  • Can my children come?

    If your children are 10 or older they are more than welcome to join you on their own board. We only allow one person per board, including children. We require children to be at least 10 years old because they need to be able to paddle for up to an hour while we are on the water. One parent must be present for every two children ages 10-15.

  • Do I need a lifejacket?

    Yes, life jackets are required to be worn and fastened for the duration of the trip. Lifejackets will be provided and fitted to each individual prior to getting on the water. There is a chance that you may fall in so please be comfortable swimming with a life jacket.

  • What should I bring?

    It is always best to come prepared.

    Please Bring:

    • Bathing suit or a change of clothes
    • Towel
    • Full water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses or hat

    The Wild Center will provide boards, paddles, and a life jacket for each individual. Wearing shoes is up to you. If you choose to wear shoes, they should be waterproof.

    No need to bring a camera, staff will be taking sharable pictures during your trip.

  • What kind of wildlife will I see?

    The wildlife spotted varies from trip to trip. Our guides are skilled at picking out things of interest whether its an eagle soaring over head, a muskrat scurrying into the water, or a Great Blue heron standing in the marsh. These sightings combined with natural history and seasonal plant identification makes for an exciting paddle.

  • Will I get wet?

    If you are new to SUP, there is a chance that you may get wet. Please always be prepared to get wet, even if you are experienced in paddleboarding.

  • Are the paddleboards located at The Wild Center?

    Yes, the paddleboards are located at The Wild Center, down by the Raquette River. Trips will meet at the Admission’s desk in the museum. From there, one of your guides will lead you on a half mile walk down to our launch site on the Raquette River where you will receive instruction and all necessary gear prior to getting on the water.

  • What if it rains?

    The Wild Center SUP trips are scheduled to go rain or shine. In the event of severe weather or extreme wind, it is possible for trips to be postponed or cancelled. The decision is made by your guide prior to the trip and will be communicated to you upon arrival. If the weather turns dangerous while on the water, your guide will direct everyone back to shore to ensure everyone’s safety. If it is raining with no signs of more severe weather, be prepared to get wet.

  • Are there other ways we can explore the Raquette River?

    If you prefer to explore on your own or the makeup of your group is different than our guidelines, you can check out Raquette River Outfitters to rent a SUP. This local outfitter is located just south of The Wild Center right along the river and has many rental options.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    The Wild Center reserves the right to cancel this trip based on severe weather or other hazardous conditions. If the weather conditions look unsafe, your guides will leave details at the Admission Desk regarding a possible cancellation up to ½ hour prior to the 12 pm start time.

  • What is the refund policy?

    If a registration is cancelled 14 days or more before a program starts we will refund the full program cost. Cancellations received less than 14 days before the start of a program will not be refunded unless we can fill your reservation with another interested participant. If The Wild Center cancels a program due to inclement weather or other unavoidable reasons, participants will receive a full refund or transfer option.

  • Couldn't find the answer to your question?

    Contact Shannon Surdyk at ssurdyk@wildcenter.org for more information.