Lower St. Regis Lake

Lower Saint Regis Lake is the access lake to a large region of gorgeous paddling. The narrows that access the lake is some of the most scenic paddling in the region and are a destination themselves. A lean-to is located in the narrows as well as on the southwestern shore of the lake. Paul Smiths College is located on the northern shore where a direct launch into the lake is located as well, but the narrows again should not be missed. More narrows are on the southern shore as you access further to Spitfire Lake.  

Pond Sizes – Approximate Shoreline Length: 

Over 5-miles

How to get there:

From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue on Route 86 to Route 30 in Paul Smiths. Take a right onto Route 30 and an immediate left onto Keese Mill Road. Follow this down to the parking area for St. Regis Mountain on the left and park here. The launch is just back up Keese Mill Road at a grassy shore. You can park temporarily at the launch site, but should move your car after unloading.    

Type of launch:

Roadside

Portage/Carry Details: 

Less than 100 feet

Type of water:

This is a very large lake which can get very choppy in bad weather. The narrows to the lake are well sheltered and under most conditions quite calm.  

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Keese Mill Rd
Paul Smiths, 12970
(518) 891-1990

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