Paddling the Saranac Lake Region
Endless waterways ready to be explored

We're serious about paddling in Saranac Lake

Get this: When you talk about the Adirondacks, you're talking about more than six million acres of public and private land. We use the word "land" loosely, though, because within those six million acres are more than 30,000 miles of streams and brooks, 2,300 ponds and lakes, and 1,500 miles of rivers. 

What's in a name?

We're called Saranac Lake for a reason; three reasons, actually! There are three Saranac lakes — Upper, Middle, and Lower — and they're all connected by the Saranac River. On its way downtown, the river meanders away from Lower Saranac Lake and connects Oseetah Lake and Lake Flower to the Saranac Lake chain. That opens up all sorts of paddling opportunities, and since Lake Flower is right downtown you can begin and end your paddling adventure just a short walk from dining, shopping, and nightlife

If you want to be more immersed in nature, 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. 

No canoe? No problem!

Paddling is one of our favorite Adirondack outdoor activities, and we have gear to spare. 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! We're talking wildlife, fresh air, clean water, and a complete departure from 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 great restaurants and places to stay, along with a downtown that beckons an afternoon or 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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