Outdoor Recreation in Saranac Lake

This is the Adirondacks

The mountains, rivers, and lakes bordering Saranac Lake aren’t just for show, and those hiking boots on everyone’s feet aren’t a bold new fashion statement. While you’re here, let the scenery draw you in — we like to get out in every season.

If you’re new to outdoor recreation in the mountains, you’ve come to the right place. In Saranac Lake, your adventure can begin and end right in town, and if you need gear our rental shops can hook you up.

By foot 

From downtown, take a walk to Riverside Park, located at the intersection of Maine Street and Route 3, and check out Lake Flower. This beautiful expanse of water is part of the Saranac River, and it’s ringed by mountains. From left, there’s Mount Baker, then McKenzie, Haystack, and Scarface mountains. All four are part of the Saranac Lake 6ers, but let’s focus on Baker. Located in the village, it’s the perfect choice for a first-time hike or snowshoe, and the view of the High Peaks from its summit is nothing short of amazing.

By water

Just down the road from Riverside Park is the Lake Flower boat launch, a great starting pointing for a quick outing or an overnight adventure. Just paddle away from downtown — or motor away if that’s more your thing — and you’re on your way to Oseetah Lake, a fine destination if you want to be back in time for dinner. Continue on and you’ll pass a couple of free campsites before entering an incredibly scenic stretch of the Saranac River. Back here you’ll find wetlands rife with wildlife, a couple more campsites, and a few small ponds before crossing under Route 30 and emerging into Lower Saranac Lake, a beautiful waterbody studded with islands.

By snowshoe, ski, or snowboard

A one-minute drive from downtown along Route 30 and you’re at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, a town-owned, family-friendly network of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails for a range of skill levels. With a short drive, you can head to the Paul Smith’s VIC for a longer, more expansive snowshoe or cross-country skiing experience. And of course, any of our mountains are great for a winter outing, just make sure you hit the trail prepared. On the other side of town, snowboarders and downhill skiers can hit up Mount Pisgah Recreation Center.

By ice

With so many lakes and ponds to choose from, Saranac Lake is a no-brainer for ice fishing enthusiasts. If you want to stay in town, head toward Paul Smith’s and pull over at Lake Colby, across from the hospital. Looking to go further but don’t know your way around? Hire a licensed guide and leave the planning to someone else!

By rock 

There are a few places to climb near Saranac Lake, but none are more popular than the McKenzie Boulders. This place is a smorgasbord of enormous glacial erratics that are excellent for climbing or exploring.

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