For over 175 years, Henderson Lake has been the unobtainium paddling destination of the ardent paddling crowd. The lake and a vast tract of surrounding land was owned by a series of mining corporations and was strictly off limit to the public. However, in 2008 the tract of land and the lake were added to the Adirondack Forest Perserve with Forever Wild wilderness designation.
Henderson Lake's other claim to fame is that it is considered to be the source of the Hudson River inasmuch as, where the water flows out of the lake and creates a river - better labled a stream / brook - is where it is first designated as the Hudson. Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest pond in New York State located on the upper reaches of Mt. Marcey, is often said to be the source of the Hudson. It is, in fact, the originating source of water which eventually makes its way into the Hudson. However, the water divides itself, while passing into and through a number of ponds / small lakes, into a number of brooks and rivers which do flow into the Hudson at one point or another.