Northern Forest Canoe Trail

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740 mile paddling route that links up waterways in New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. The route offers a variety of terrain; low water conditions, high water conditions, flat water, swift water and whitewater. These conditions vary depending on location and can be expected with several portages between bodies of water. These conditions are spread throughout the Northern Forest along rivers, ponds, lakes and streams. While using the trail you can also expect to visit outstanding small towns and villages where community is a way of life and the NFCT is more than welcome. Be sure to visit the local cafes, restaurants, markets, inns, B&Bs, primitive and state camping facilities, historic tours and so much more.

The trail starts in Old Forge, New York and ends in Fort Kent, Maine, but along the way it swings right through Saranac Lake. A kiosk can be found in the center of town.

Once you, the paddler, leaves the Town of Long Lake, Saranac Lake is the next major town in your path, but first you will have several miles to go and many paddle strokes to reach it. It is very conceivable to reach Saranac Lake from Long Lake in a day, but it is not recommended, it is quite the distance with many challenges in your path.

As you exit Long Lake you will be back in the narrows of the Raquette River. These narrows will bring you down to Raquette Falls where a long and difficult carry of 1.25 miles is awaiting. Once back in the river at the north end of the falls you will be at a ranger outpost and on much friendlier ground. The river will then lead you through Corey’s and into Stony Creek Ponds. A long but easier carry along Indian Carry to Upper Saranac Lake is next on your trip. Bartlett Carry will bring you to Middle Saranac Lake and the Saranac River will deliver you to Lower Saranac Lake, First and Second Ponds, Oseetah Lake and then Lake Flower in the heart of Saranac Lake. This is an excellent opportunity to reevaluate your needs and supplies and take a well needed rest and shower. Maybe pick up a bite to eat and sleep in a warm bed.

Close, walking distance points of interest are:

Grocery Stores:

Tops

Aldi’s

Nori’s

Fusion Market

Resupply:

Lakes and Trails Outfitters

Saint Regis Canoe Outfitters

Blue Line Sports

Lodging Options

Dining Options

Other Amenities:

Post Office

Banks

Marinas

Once you leave the Town of Saranac Lake and are fully stocked, you will continue down the Saranac River. This will bring you to Franklin Falls Pond, Union Falls Pond and eventually Lake Champlain in the City of Plattsburgh.

For more information on the NFCT visit: www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/

On The Map

E-Newsletter Signup Form

Riverside Park
Saranac Lake, 12983
(518) 891-1990

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Micro-Monday  Mini Pitcher special all day on our craft centric draft lineup.  14 draft lines to choose from - with the pitchers starting at $6 and up! Join us!
Monday, January 22nd, 2018
The upcoming date less then 1 day.
The Village Board meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month with additional meetings scheduled as needed. Meetings take place in the Village Board room, 2nd floor, 39 Main Street...
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
The upcoming date less then 1 day.
The weekly meeting for the Rotary Club of Saranac Lake at the Left Bank Cafe. Please feel free to contact us if you're interested in learning more about Rotary.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
To event remaining 1 day
2fer Tuesday at Grizle T's Every Tuesday starting at 9pm we offer 2 for 1 draft, bottle, and canned beer, well liquor, champagne, and wine!  See you there!

Recent Blog Posts...

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
If a game of King of the Hill that ends in tears and a handful of snow down your collar is your typical day of winter-family-fun — let me help you out! Saranac Lake is bursting...
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
As I stroll through the village of Saranac Lake, a virtual Norman Rockwell or Currier & Ives painting, I keep waiting for the horse-drawn sleigh to pass by — the passengers in stocking caps and...
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Monitoring the snow depth The beginning of ski season is often a game of figuring out how much snow depth we have and how much snow coverage is needed to explore certain trails. So early season...
Sunday, December 31st, 2017
Winter is Finally Here! It took a long time to show up this year with our crazy warm fall, but winter weather has finally started to arrive in the northern Adirondacks. Our recent wet weather...
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...
Woods and Water Defined by nature, recreation, heritage, learning, creativity, and cuisine, we invite you to explore our historic routes and waterway connections.
Sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Interested In
Sign Me Up!