About the Adirondack Park

The six million acre park is a unique patchwork of one-half public and one-half private land. There are several designated wilderness areas and many wild forest areas that are very attractive to the canoeist. Geologically, this area is a dome-shaped region that tilts slightly to the west. This extension of the "Canadian Shield" into the U.S. gives rise to several rivers and is home to hundreds of lakes and ponds. The terrain is hilly and sometimes mountainous, yet the base is level enough to provide ideal canoeing waters. The scenery is superb, and mountain day hikes are possible from your paddling route.

These route suggestions will help you choose a route suited to your party's time and experience. The rivers are mostly flatwater and the numerous lakes and ponds are connected by portages or small streams that lend themselves to exploration. The waterways are a beautiful place to slow down and to enjoy. We recommend 3-4 days as a minimum. On longer trips, it is nice to plan a layover day to hike a peak or just relax. You will want a map for the area you decide to visit and will find guidebooks helpful as well. There is a list of publications that will help you get started in the mail order and retail area.

Travel to the Area

Travel to the area can be made by car, air or bus.

By Car: We are about one hour and twenty minutes from I-87 Exit 30, and about two hours from I-81 Exit 48. See detailed directions by clicking here. Approximate driving times to our base from:

Albany, NY3-4 hrs
Baltimore-Wash, DC10-11 hrs
Boston, MA6-7 hrs.
Buffalo, NY6-7 hrs.
Chicago, IL16 hrs.
Cleveland, OH9 hrs.
Columbus, OH11-12 hrs.
Detroit, MI10-11 hrs.
Montreal3 hrs.
New York City6-7 hrs.
Philadelphia, PA8-9 hrs.
Pittsburgh, PA10 hrs.
Rochester, NY5-6 hrs.

By Air: The Saranac Lake-Adirondack Airport (SLK) is just eight miles from our Saranac River base and is serviced by Cape Air. There are direct flights to and from Boston, MA with about 3 arrivals and 3 departures daily. On Saturdays and Sundays there are fewer flights. To make arrangements contact Cape Air locally at (518) 891-4600 or Cape Air itself at 800-CAPE-AIR (227-3247).

By Bus: Saranac Lake is serviced by Adirondack Trailways (800) 858-8555. The bus leaves NYC (North Wing of the Port Authority) at 8:30am, with a few stops your estimated arrival to downtown Saranac Lake is 4:20pm in front of the Hotel Saranac. Leaving Saranac Lake around 11:30am you will be back in NYC around 9:05pm. This service runs 7 days a week. www.trailwaysny.com. Round trip in May 2013 was $138. Our base is 2 blocks downhill. Hotel Saranac is (518) 891-2200.


At Saranac Lake, we have a two hour tour down-river trip that may be ice free year-round. At Floodwood, ice out is usually mid to late April and the ponds begin to freeze in early to mid-November. Daily high and low temperatures vary as much as 20° above or below average.

April50 F30-3515