Private Guide Service

About our Private Guide Service...

We provide the guide just for you and will match the person to your needs. We do this for:

  • Schools
  • Outdoor Programs
  • Travel Organizations
  • Families or Reunions
  • Individuals with special needs

Our guides are licensed, trained and experienced outdoors people who will enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors and give you a new appreciation for the art of canoeing, outdoor cooking, nature study or fishing. A guide will assist you in any task that will help make your trip even more enjoyable. We will ask you some questions about why you are hiring the services of a guide in order to help us select the best guide for your party. A guide is available for $225-325/ day for up to six people, $25 for each additional person. This includes the cost of the guides outfitting. 

About Our Guides

Addison Bickford

A ten year veteran guide and graduate of Paul Smith's College, guides canoeing and kayaking, XC skiing, hiking and sailing trips. The focus of his trips often builds on his love of the earth and his formal instruction in forestry. He studied organic gardening and farming at the University of CA at Santa Cruz and still produces maple syrup and hardwood lumber on his homestead near Rainbow Lake. He enjoys trips with his three children and fiddles professionally with several local bands.

Gary Caudle (aka "Griz")

With an outgoing, entertaining personality Griz looks like and lives up to the name. He is great with kids and loves to do our Guided Day Trips.   With a advanced degree in Psychology he teaches and runs experiential programs at SUNY Geneseo when not working for St. Regis. In winter he instructs snowboard instructors throughout the Northeast.

Doug Fitzgerald

Doug is avid canoeist who has done several extended trips in Canada and spent a lifetime working in the out of doors.   He is recently retired from the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation, where he oversaw operation of several state campgrounds in this area.      Doug is an ACA level II canoe and kayak instructor, a storyteller and is also available to officate weddings.  A graduate of Paul Smiths College, he has spent decades exploring and hiking here in the Adirondacks. 

Don Perryman

Don's love of fishing and exploring along with a great sense of humor make him a joy in the woods.   When he's not out playing he is  working as a RN here in town.

Dave Cilley

Producer of the new Adirondack Paddler's Map, a degree in botany and extensive paddling experience make Dave a fun person to be with while exploring the backcountry. Dave has guided rock and ice climbing, XC skiing and all forms of paddlesports before starting St. Regis.

Sue Patterson

A love of cooking and outdoor lore makes Sue a joy on any trip. She enjoys kayaking, guideboating and canoeing and is a ten year veteran racer in the Adirondack Classic 90 Miler. She has canoed and traveled extensively in the US and abroad.

Tyler Merriam

Tyler has climbed all the 4000 foot peaks in the Adirondacks and has paddled extensively.    He has traveled to far corners of the globe, climbed Kilamanjaro and loves to share his enthusiasm for  wild places.   You will find him a joy to travel with.   Tyler has recently just completed his graduate studies in outdoor recreation.  

Mac Rand

Mac Rand first came to the Adirondacks to compete in the Lake Placid Ironman, but the paddling and hiking opportunities kept him here for good. Mac was the owner and director of Camp Pathfinder, a boys summer wilderness canoe tripping camp in Algonquin Park, Ontario for many years, and his love of paddling took root there. He taught middle school science for over 20 years, and for the last four years before moving north he ran his own canoe/kayak/hiking outfitting business in Dutchess County, NY. Mac is thrilled to live in the Adirondacks!

 Reservations

  • Please call for more information about our various guides.   Any of these people are patient, passionate teachers who love to share their enthusiasm for outdoor lore.
  • Reservations can be made with a deposit of one half the total guide cost.
  • Please call us for your guide fee.   Generally the cost of a guide starts at $225 per day for up to 5 people.  
  • We look forward to helping you.