Lake Clear is a popular place for locals to hang out at the beach. It is a great place to swim in part because of the clear water. Lake Clear offers majestic views of St. Regis, Whiteface, McKenzie, Moose, Seward Mountains. Lake Clear is also a great place to see common loons, especially in the fall. In the early fall common loons gather on Lake Clear to prepare for migration to their winter waters. Loons born earlier that spring can be seen on Lake Clear as late as November as they work to strengthen and grow before their long migration flight. Lake Clear Outlet offers the opportunity to observe wildlife including great blue herons, black ducks, mallards, Canadian geese, red-winged blackbirds, swamp sparrows, and belted kingfishers. Lake Clear Outlet wetland plants include eel grass, pickerelweed, cattails, bladderworts, blue flag, leather leaf, yellow pond lilies, white water lilies, steeplebush, and sheep laurel. You may also be able to see beavers, otters, painted turtles, and other wildlife.
- Total Distance: 2-4 miles
- Length of Time: 2-3 hours
- Portages: 200-meter carry from parking lot to the Lake Clear beach
- Flat Water
- One way
- Motor boats can access the lake from private camps. Lake Clear Outlet Access is an unofficial put in that is restricted to motor boat hand launch
- Public parking is available at Lake Clear Beach. Park off road --Route 30 at Lake Clear Outlet Access
- Put in at Lake Clear beach. Take out at Lake Clear Outlet Access on Route 30
Put in at Lake Clear beach. Explore the shore line at your leisure on your way south to the Lake Clear Outlet. Lake Clear is a mixture of private land and public. The destination for this paddle is the Lake Clear Outlet, which offers a great place to explore plant life. Paddle to the southern end of the lake where you will come to a small opening in the pickerelweed. The waterway flows under the railroad tracks and Route 30 bridge. Note that this is the take-out point where you will return to after exploring Lake Clear Outlet. If you wish to continue paddling into Lake Clear Outlet, paddle under the bridge. The waterway gradually widens and eventually ends. Return to the take out at Route 30 bridge at your leisure.
Recommended resource: Adirondack Paddler’s Map: St. Regis Canoe Wilderness