The Adirondack Canoe Classic - The 90-Miler

The Adirondack Canoe Classic - The 90-Miler, is a 90-mile  is a three-day, 90-mile flat water canoe race on rivers and lakes from Old Forge, Long Lake to Saranac Lake. The 90-Miler is limited to 250 boats.  

It was first organized in 1983 as a means to celebrate the historic human-powered means of transportation that was once so critical to exploring the Adirondack Park. Paddlers will work their way through the Fulton Chain, Eckford Chain, Long Lake, Raquette River and all the Saranac Lakes. 

There are plenty of places to be able to observe the races along the 90-mile canoe/kayak paddle route.  Spectators: Day One: Old Forge Waterfront, Inlet waterfront, Raquette Lake bridge, Blue Mountain Lake waterfront, Day Two: Bissell's Field in Long Lake Route 30 bridge in Long Lake, Tupper Lake's Crusher on Route 30, Day Three: Fish Creek Campground, Lake Flower Saranac Lake. 

The course offers a mix of lake and river flat water paddling with several carries. There are a variety of classes available with different rules and specifications. If you wish to participate, registration is sent out well in advance of the September race. 

(These GENERAL RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS are directly from the race organizers at Mac Canoe. 

Note: Not all classes are offered at every race. 

OPEN TOURING: The largest class in the classic. Non - competitive” participant category for canoes, kayaks and guideboats. No age or gender divisions and no 1st, 2nd, or third-place awards will be given. Participation plaques may be purchased. You are in it to finish. Times will be kept. This group of paddlers will start first each day and must make cut-off times to finish each day.

C-2 RECREATION: Maximum length - 17 feet, 6 inches. Weight - minimum of 55 pounds from the manufacturer. Race organizer discretion: If it looks like a racing canoe, it is not a recreational canoe. Any boats made specifically for racing are excluded from this class. 

C-2 STOCK: Included in this class are hulls similar to the Jensen 18. There are minimal concave lines in the hull and no concave lines in the gunwales. Maximum length is 18' 6'', no minimum weight. Minimum width at 4'' waterline is 15 percent of length (33 5/16'' for 18'6''). Tumblehome max is 1'' per side. All NYMCRA specifications apply. The current C-2 Stock list includes: Wenonah: Jensen 17, Jensen 18, Sundowner, Minnesota II, Monarch, Odyssey, Escape, and Escapade; GRB Newman Designs: Traveler 17' 5'', Traveler 18' 6'', Monarch; Mad River Lamoille, Horizon.; Bell Canoe WorksNorthstar, Northwind, and Northwoods; Savage River Works Susquehanna.

C-2 AMATEUR: NOTE: Included in this class are WENONAH SCR'S (Standard Class Racers); COMP cruisers; and 3 x 27's. If it looks like a racing canoe, it is. Specifications according to NYMCRA & USCA. these participants paddle regularly, frequently as training for races. 

C-2 FAMILY: Paddlers must be related, with one paddler 16 years of age or younger. Recreation or Stock boats only. 

C-1 AMATEUR: One person in a solo racing boat.  Specifications according to NYMCRA & USCA. 

C-1 STOCK:Maximum length - 17’ 0”, Tumblehome not to exceed 3.5” per side. No minimum weight. The current C-1 Stock list includes GRB Newman Designs Classic and Classic XL; Wenonah Advantage, Prism, Encounter and Solitude; Sawyer Summer Song, DY Special and Shock Wave; Savage River’s Otegan (modified) Bell’s Magic, and Mad River’s Independence.

STANDARD WAR CANOE:Minimum of 6 paddlers in a wooden canoe built to meet the following specifications: Maximum length 28’, Minimum width at gunwhales and 6” waterline 39”, Minimum depth of 14”. 

OPEN WAR CANOE: Minimum of 7 paddlers in a boat built to accommodate them - No restrictions!

 C-4 Stock Class:  A.  Maximum length of 23’ 1”, Minimum weight 50 pounds from the manufacturer. 
B.  The boat must be specifically built by the manufacturer to accommodate 4 paddlers.  
C.  Minimum width over the middle 4 feet of the boat is 33” at both the gunwales and 4" waterline.
D.  There is no concavity in the longitudinal axis of the hull (bow to stern) and no concavity in the cross section (side to side) below the 7" waterline. There are minimal concave lines in the hull and no concave lines in the gunwales. 
E.   Minimum depths from the manufacturer: Bow = 20", Center = 13½", Stern = 17". 
F.   No hard line transitions in the hull of the boat. Curve of chine must be equal to at least the radius of a softball. 
G.  Maximum tumblehome of 2” per side.
H.  Paddlers must use canoe paddles.
Boats currently recognized in this class are the Wenonah Minnesota 3 and Minnesota 4, and The Bell North Shore.
The 90 Miler offers competitive C-4 Stock Classes for Men, Women and Mixed, along with teams paddling in the non competitive Open Touring class.

C-4 Unlimited Class:  Maximum length of 25’ 11”, Minimum weight 50 pounds.  
 Boat must be built to accommodate 4 paddlers.  
Minimum width at the widest point from gunwhale to gunwhale is 32”.
No concavity along the length of the gunwhale from bow to stern. 
Minimum depth: Bow = 17”, Center =12 ½”, Stern = 13 ½”.
Paddlers must use canoe paddles.
One of a kind boats are permitted.
For the 90 Miler, There will be one C-4 unlimited class including men, women and mixed teams.

SOLO RECREATION:ANY CANOE OR SEA KAYAK of any material with a maximum length of 16’ 0” and a minimum width at the 4” waterline of 22”. Must use double bladed paddle.

TOURING KAYAK:Kayaks of any material with a maximum length of 20’ and a minimum width at the 4” waterline of 18”.

UNLIMITED KAYAK:Any kayak over 20’ in length and / or less than 18” in width at the 4” waterline.

TWO-PERSON KAYAK: Two people in any kayak. 


Length: 11 - 23 feet (15 to 17 standard)
Beam: 32 - 44 inches (Outside measurement: 34 to 38 inches is standard)
Bottom Board Outside Width: 4 - 10 inches.
Stem Height: 20  - 26 inches.
Depth Amidships: 11 - 13 inches.
Construction:  Traditional, Strip or mold construction; ribs may be laminated, hull may be wood, fiberglass, kevlar, or composite material, but must
conform to traditional guideboat shape and character 
in the opinion of the boat judge.
Oars: Solid wood oars, maximum 8 foot length, 5 1/2 inches wide.
Hardware: Brass, bronze, or steel pins with 1/2 inch diameter hole to accept pin; may be bushed if out of round.
Use of wheels: is permitted in the Guideboat Class.
Footbraces: may be used.
Seats: Must be fixed, no rolling seats are allowed.
Oars and Paddles: may be laminated.
Hardware: Brass, bronze, or aluminum pins.
Footbraces: must be secured to the boat.
UNACCEPTABLE for the guideboat class:
·               Roller or sliding seats.
·               Roller, ball or needle bearings in hardware.
·               Outriggers.
·               Boats of design and or construction with pulled- in beams / ends.
·               Paddles and oars with cupped or spooned blades.
During an event, the guideboat must be propelled by rowing.  i.e. the rower can not exchange a paddle for the oars to negotiate Brown's Tract.  © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.


Yaqub said…
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