Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake to Fish Creek

The lowdown

This paddling route begins on Lower Saranac Lake and takes you into a quiet creek where you will have the opportunity to observe wildlife. Common loons are often seen on Lower Saranac Lake and Fish Creek. On Fish Creek, people often see water lilies and pickerel weed, osprey, bald eagles, beavers, and great blue herons. 

Fact check

  • Total distance: 3 miles round trip
  • Length of time: 2.5-3.5 hours
  • No portage
  • Flat water 
  • Motorboats have access via the State Bridge DEC boat launch or by car top at Ampersand Bay 


  • Public parking is available at Ampersand Bay Boat Access
  • Put in/take out at Ampersand Bay access

The paddle

Put in at Ampersand Bay access. You will notice the remains of the historic Ampersand Hotel to your right. Paddle across the bay to Camp Guggenheim, which is privately owned and operated as a children’s camp. 

As you pass the beach of Camp Guggenheim, turn to the right to enter Fish Creek. Paddle up the creek and back. You will eventually come to a dead end.

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

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