Upper Saranac Lake is the longest of the Saranac Lakes. The paddling route offers spectacular views.
- Total distance: @8 miles
- Length of time: 5-6 hours
- No portages
- Flat water
- One way
- Motorboat access is available at the Saranac Inn Boat Launch
- Public parking is available at Indian Carry access and Saranac Inn Boat Landing
- Put-in at Indian Carry access, take out at Saranac Inn Boat Launch. Note that St. Regis Canoe Outfitters offers transportation/shuttles.
Put-in at Indian Carry landing and paddle the entire length of Upper Saranac Lake to Saranac Inn. It is good to stay close to shore and out of the way of jet skis and motorboats, which can be especially active on weekends.
On the way you will pass numerous islands, many of which are privately owned. Church Island offers ecumenical church services on Sundays. Doctor’s Island was originally owned (1904) by Stanley Mortimer, a distant relative of the Roosevelt family. Eagle Island is historically significant as a Girl Scout Camp (1938-2008). Indian Carry is significant historically because the Mohawks and the Algonquin Native Americans established it as a basecamp. Indian Carry was long used as a portage from Upper Saranac Lake into Stony Creek, which connects to the Raquette River.