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. 

Hit the water!

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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A Trail Across the Treetops Don't miss the Wild Walk at the Wild Center this summer!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Don't miss this great opportunity to try before you buy from the best names in canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and paddles. Our trained staff will help you choose the boat or board that's right for...

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

The 10.5 mile flatwater races start at 11am at Ampersand Bay Resort on Lower Saranac Lake. Paddlers go southwest to Bluff Island, where they turn south into the Saranac River. Competitors then...

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Beginning in March, semi-monthly Game Nights will be held at Saranac Village at Will Rogers (March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22 and May 13 & 27). This redesigned Game Night was organized with...

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Don't miss this great opportunity to try before you buy from the best names in canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and paddles. Our trained staff will help you choose the boat or board that's right for...

Recent Blog Posts...

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
A changing landscape Spring is an amazing time of transition in the Saranac Lake Region of the Adirondacks. For the past few weeks Wren and I have been exploring it on our daily – and...
Monday, May 15th, 2017
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Tyler Merriam June is the sixth month of the year — hopefully by then you’ve uncovered your kayaks and pulled the canoe out of the garage. Paddling season has...
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
The Fast Pace of Spring I know that it shouldn’t, but May always seems to sneak up on me. Or at least it feels that way. The pace of spring accelerates day after day as I reach one of my busiest...
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
One of the fun things about spring hiking is getting first crack at the wildflowers. Some of them bloom quite early. We also need to stay below the 3,000-foot limit which keeps fragile trails and...
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.