CANOEING AND KAYAKING IN SARANAC LAKE

Hit the water!

This wonderland of lakes, ponds, rivers, trails, wildlife, fishing, birding, and family enjoyment are all available to you from the comfort of a boat. With acres and acres of state land at the communities backdoor you can always find new water to explore.

Here are some Adirondack Park facts

The Adirondacks is more than six million acres that are divided into public (state) and private land. Within those six million acres are more than 2,300 ponds and lakes, 1,500 miles of rivers, and more than 30,000 miles of streams and brooks.

Don’t miss out on what Saranac Lake has to offer

The three Saranac lakes — Upper, Middle and Lower — are connected by the Saranac River. Part of the Saranac Lake chain includes Oseetah Lake and Lake Flower, which are in the village of Saranac Lake. The nearby St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area provides some of the finest secluded paddling and camping locations in the east. Stunning views and pristine waters are ideal for observing osprey, bald eagles, beaver, and other wildlife, making this area a photographer's (and artist’s) dream. 

Paddling is one of our favorite Adirondack outdoor activities, so break out your canoe, kayak, SUP (stand up paddleboard), or inflatable watercraft — or rent one — and experience what an Adirondack flatwater tour is all about! Take in the wildlife, fresh air, clean water, and forget your 9 to 5 routine and rush-hour traffic. Camp on an island, enjoy that one-of-a-kind fall foliage view, take in the evening's star-filled skies, and so much more.

A day on the water, now what?

Maybe you’re looking for a relaxing end to your paddling adventure. Saranac Lake has several great restaurants and places to stay, along with a downtown that beckons an afternoonor evening stroll. Looking to explore some more or ready to start planning? Use our book a reservation search or view our vacation packages and deals – they’re FREE and on our site to help you plan a cool getaway.

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Axton Landing to Stony Creek Ponds

From the put-in at Axton Landing you will proceed north (L) up stream along the Raquette River. After about 0.5 miles Stony Creek will ...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York

Bear Pond

Location: Lake Clear, New York

Black Pond

This small pond is reached from roadside and along the narrows leading into the St. Regis Lakes. Paddle north through the narrow to ...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York

Bog Pond

Location: Lake Clear, New York

Brandy Pond

From Route 30 locate the narrow path through the woods. The path is to the back of a small clearing/pull-off to the right. The path as ...
Location: Tupper Lake, New York

Church Pond

This easily accessible pond is a fine paddle all its own along its half mile length, but it also gives access to the much larger Osgood ...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York

Church Pond to Osgood Pond

From the launch you will paddle east along Church Pond to a narrow water way that will bring you to a small body of water with grass and ...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York

Debar Pond

The portage is relatively flat with one following a corduroy walkway. The trail has a tendency to be a bit wet. Debar Pond is a long ...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York

Downtown Saranac Lake to Bloomingdale

Drift downstream on this eight mile route between the villages of Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale. Spot abundant wildlife, enjoy the ...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York

Floodwood Pond and Long Pond Carry Trail

Parking directions outlined below will get you to the carry trail to access Long Pond and Floodwood Pond if you are not paddling ...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York