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  Need suggestions..
  Posted by: marena5 on Aug-15-12 9:27 AM (EST)

Heading to Lake Placid in 2 weeks and would love any recommendations for great paddles in that region. Thanks!

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  Lake Placid
  Posted by: richardp on Aug-15-12 9:50 AM (EST)
Drive 20 minutes west to Saranac Lake. From there you have several options within 45 minutes. The Saint Regis Canoe Area being one of them. There are also 2 great outfitters in Saranac Lake.
  Lake Placid
  Posted by: marena5 on Aug-15-12 10:28 PM (EST)
Thanks! Def going to try the Saranac region!!
  Also try the Discussion and Meeting
  Posted by: ezwater on Aug-15-12 6:25 PM (EST)
forums. This is more of a paddler camping forum, and what's best for you around Lake Placid may not be "wilderness."
  Lake Placid
  Posted by: marena5 on Aug-15-12 10:31 PM (EST)
Thanks for the advice. New to this site and appreciate the guidance.
  Head over to Saranac Lake Outfitters
  Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-15-12 11:06 PM (EST)
on Dorsey St in Saranac Lake and pick up one of the many maps available and get some advice.

Wilderness IS possible if you know where to look. Yes even now in August. The most crowds I have found are a couple of dozen at the South Creek boat ramp off Rt 3. The rest of the day I was alone all alone on Weller Pond.
  Posted by: richardp on Aug-16-12 8:20 AM (EST)
They are called St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. The outer one is called Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters. Both are excellent and offer high quality goods. SRCO will even provide food.
  Posted by: marena5 on Aug-16-12 10:43 AM (EST)
I checked out St. regis online and def am heading there for info and advice on the region. Thanks!!
  Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-18-12 12:06 AM (EST)
a doh moment..Dave Cilley is the head of St Regis Outfitters

I give up on posting! We have done thousand miles of paddling in BC and the Yukon over the last month and I have forgotten alot about the East already and forgotten about the internet for the most part.
  Saranac lake outfitters
  Posted by: marena5 on Aug-16-12 10:41 AM (EST)
Thanks for the info! Going 1st week of september. Kids are back in school,so people should be few and far between.
  Crowd of canoes
  Posted by: plaidpaddler on Aug-16-12 11:37 PM (EST)
The Sunday after Labor Day 275 Canoes, Kayaks, and Guideboats will paddle into Lake Flower in Saranac Lake ending a 90 Mile Trip from Old Forge NY.
There are several scenic paddles in the Lake Placid area; around Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake the possibilities are endless.
  lake Placid
  Posted by: marena5 on Aug-17-12 9:08 AM (EST)
Thanks for the "heads up" on the influx of paddlers into Lake flower, Bill!!
  just got back from there
  Posted by: sapien on Aug-17-12 12:21 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-17-12 11:53 PM EST --

spent a week in Lake Placid and surrounding areas kayaking, hiking and sightseeing. suggest you pick up the Adirondack Paddlers Guide (Cilley) and accompanying waterproof map.

I paddled Lower Saranac (on a weekday, when few others were there) and it was lots of fun exploring the islands and checking out the campsites. there are some nice picnic spots for lunch on Bluff Island, including at the top of the 70-ft cliff. I also chose the Raquette River from Axton Landing up to the falls and back, and the St. Regis lakes (Upper St. Regis access thru Spitfire to Paul Smiths on Lower St. Regis and back). All three very enjoyable trips.

Some other day trips I would recommend investigating in that general area:
* Middle Saranac - South Creek access, explore up into Weller Pond and back. or, take the trip down the Saranac River thru the lock to First Pond access on Lower Saranac, if you have a shuttle.
* go "round the mountain" (Dewey Mt) from Lake Flower down thru Oseetah, Second Pond, First Pond then up to Ampersand Bay on the north end of Lower Saranac. it's close enough to walk to complete the loop.
* Rainbow Lake/Clear Pond, including the Inlet/Flow area. on the north side you can also explore the Narrows and the Middle Branch Saranac.
* Raquette River from Axton or the Crusher access down to Tupper Lake. Also, from Axton exploring up into the Stoney Creek ponds. (the dirt road to Axton Landing is on the rough side, you need a vehicle with decent ground clearance.)
* the Chubb River (access from Averyville Rd and paddle south) is supposed to be interesting, a couple of short portages are involved. might be low this time of year though.
* West Branch Ausable is also low but appeared paddleable from the access on River Rd. (Rt. 21) to Monument Falls access off Rt. 86. I scouted it out and it runs through some pretty countryside, but didn't appeal to me since it parallels the road the whole time.
* in Lake Placid itself you could do a warmup paddle on Mirror Lake, there's access from the little park on the south end.

  Lake Placid info
  Posted by: marena5 on Aug-17-12 9:06 AM (EST)
Thanks so much for the info! We rented a house right on Fern lake,about 20 mins. north of Lake Placid. Any fav eateries or bars you can recommend ,as well? Thanks again!
  Posted by: sapien on Aug-17-12 11:45 PM (EST)
be sure to read reviews on and so forth, some of the restaurants in LP are overpriced tourist traps. on advice of locals we stayed away from the places right in the heart of town...

my favorite was Lisa G's which is right on the Chubb River on the south end of town. Monday is "wing night" in the bar area. nice atmosphere, and they also have outdoor dining with a view of the river. Local beers on tap, the food is pretty fantastic and reasonably priced. most importantly, very friendly staff and the service was great.

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery was good but very busy/slow at dinnertime, and they have some renovation going on.

if you crave pizza give Johnny's a try, it's a new pizza joint on the corner of 73 & 86. the owner is old-world Italian and some of the other pizza places suck.

I heard Liquids & Solids was an interesting place if you're feeling gastronomically adventurous; we didn't get a chance to try it. also heard good things about the Eat 'n Meet in Saranac Lake. there are a couple of places in Keene to grab lunch if you're going to be hiking the peaks.

if you go to Whiteface, avoid the concessionaire food and eat at A&W instead.

  Posted by: marena5 on Aug-18-12 4:17 PM (EST)
Thanks again,Sapien! I am addicted to trip advisor. Good advice.


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