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.
- 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
- Public parking is available at Lake Colby access
- Put-in/take out at Lake Colby access
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.
Find out more
Look for the waterproof Adirondack Paddler’s Map: The Saranac Lakes, at a local outfitters.