Lake Colby

The lowdown

Lake Colby is a great lake to explore at your leisure. It is conveniently located in downtown Saranac Lake, across from the hospital. The lake is dense with plant growth in some areas, which is fun to explore if you are interested in water plants like water lilies and grasses. Lake Colby offers several places to picnic and swim, including a nice public beach. There are great opportunities to observe wildlife including common loons, osprey, and seagulls. 

Fact check

  • Total distance: 1-2 miles round trip
  • Length of time: 1-3 hours
  • No portages
  • Flat water
  • Round trip
  • Lake Colby access is restricted to the motorboat hand launch

Logistics

  • Public parking is available at Lake Colby access
  • Put-in/take out at Lake Colby access

The paddle

Put-in at Lake Colby access and explore the lake. There are two campsites on the western shore that offer great opportunities for picnics and swimming if unoccupied. The northernmost campsite is tucked away in a bay. The southwestern site, which is closer to the railroad tracks, has a nice rock face to hang out on and soak in the sun. There is the option to portage over the railroad tracks to Little Colby Pond.  

Recommended resource:  Adirondack Paddler’s Map: The Saranac Lakes

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