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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Upcoming Events

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Join the VIC in celebrating the works of Montreal artist Eberhard Froehlich . Eberhard Froelich was last year winner for the best piece of art produced at the VIC, he also won a prize in 2015...

Friday, July 21st, 2017

A Walk in the Woods features 52 pieces from 37 local artists. This show includes pieces of a variety of mediums, and depicts artists' experiences exploring Adirondack forests. A Walk in the...

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Join VIC Naturalists for a guided paddle on Barnum Pond via Barnum Brook. This two-hour program starts with a brief walk to our dock and includes at least one hour on the water. This is a perfect...

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Join a VIC Naturalist for a guided walk along our flat to moderate trails. Topics vary and include wildflowers, tree identification, general ecology, and more!

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Friday, July 21st, 2017
My mother used to order me ad nauseam to go outside and play.  “It's good for you,” she’d say.  Turns out, she was right, in more ways than she knew. While her hope was for me to ...
Monday, July 17th, 2017
Sean Morgan has rugby in his blood, and this time of year always gets his blood pumping. That’s because the annual Cam-Am Rugby Tournament is drawing near, and 120 teams will descend upon Saranac...
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Grab the shades — summer is here! July is filled with warm days, refreshing dips in the lake, plenty of ice cream, and tons of events. From small-town, community bike rides to one of the largest...
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Another year of the GABC Every year, the transition from spring into summer in the Adirondacks is marked by the Great Adirondack Birding Festival (GABC), hosted by the Paul Smith’s College VIC. I...
Fly to Saranac Lake via Cape Air The Adirondack Regional Airport, your "Gateway to the Adirondacks," provides quick and convenient access to and from Logan International in Boston, MA. Daily flights are provided...
Join In Our Cool Adirondack Traditions Our scenic location, rugged beauty, and abundant wilderness led the small village of Saranac Lake into the cool ways of life we still observe today.