Lake Flower is a great body of water to paddle around with no destination in mind. It is especially popular for people using paddleboards and kayaks. Located in the center of downtown Saranac Lake, the paddle offers a great view of the downtown area and the mountain ranges. If you choose to venture toward Oseetah Lake you will get more of a feel for the natural environment and have the opportunity to observe birds including great blue herons, common loons, seagulls, and other wildlife. At the southern end of the lake you will encounter bog areas with white water lilies and other bog plants. Much of the land around Lake Flower is privately owned. The eastern shore has sections that are owned by the village of Saranac Lake and New York state.
- Total distance: @1-3 miles
- Length of time: 1-2 hours
- No portages
- Flat water
- Round trip or one way
- Motorboat access is available at Lake Flower Boat Launch
- Public parking is available on Kiwassa Road and Lake Flower Boat Launch
- Put-in/take out options include the Northern Forest Canoe Trail canoe access on the corner of Kiwassa Road and Main Street; Lake Flower Boat Landing; or Lake Flower Avenue Tennis Courts Access across from Sara-Placid Lodge.
Put-in at NFCT canoe access on Kiwassa Road and take out at Lake Flower Boat Landing or Lake Flower Avenue Tennis Courts Access across from Sara-Placid Lodge. Take your time and paddle at your leisure. Stay to the right out of the way of jet skis and motorboats, which can be especially active on weekends. Lake Flower extends around and flows into Oseetah Lake.
Recommended resource: Adirondack Paddler’s Map: The Saranac Lakes
Directions to Access Points
From downtown Saranac Lake, Lake Flower is visible! Follow Main Street to River Street. Turn onto River Street - Lake Flower is the body of water that runs parallel to the road.
Shoreline fishing is good along Riverside Park.
The boat launch is right off River Street.
Highlight species: Northern Pike
Pike season opens the first Saturday in May to March 15 and the daily limit is five, with a minimum length of 18 inches. Pike are distinct in both looks and personality. Almost weapon-looking, pike live up to their name by being realitively aggresive when it comes to feeding and habitat. Lake Flower has shallow areas that are slow moving and weedy. Fishing for pike in the spring from the shore on this lake can prove to be very rewarding!
Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.