Family Suggestions

St. Regis Canoe Outfitters prides ourselves on offering, fun-filled family adventures.

Places of interest for your family in our area:

The Visitor Interpretive Center on Rt. 30 at Paul Smiths. Close to Osgood Pond, Lower and Upper St. Regis for paddling. A challenging day hike, (recommended for 8yrs. and up) is St. Regis mountain. The family friendly trails at the V.I.C. are wonderful for all ages, strollers and dogs on leashes as well.

The Butterfly House is a wonderful experience for children to explore.  Adjacent to the VIC Building, is a Native Species Butterfly House, featuring butterflies and moths in all stages of development.  Visitors can view native butterflies up close and learn about the life stages and migratory patterns of these colorful insets.

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is where the wild world of the Adirondacks opens before your eyes.  There are swimming otters, terrific engaging exhibits and plenty to explore inside and outside.

Stop at Donnelly's Corner for ice cream with a spectacular view of the High Peaks (Rt 86 & 186.)

Little Tots! Little Hikes! Panther mountain on Rt. 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. Mt. Baker in the village of Saranac Lake by Moody Pond. Heading to Lake Placid on Rt. 86 remember to stop by St. Regis Canoe Outfitters to reserve your family paddling adventure, food, map, gear, and canoe or kayak rental.

The Fish Hatchery in Lake Clear is a great place for the kids. Put your boat in at Little Clear Pond and do some paddling too!

Paddle as our Native Americans once did in this protected waterway. Your children can watch for deer, beaver, or loons, as they gently glide through the water. Leaving from our Floodwood Outpost allows your family to paddle to numerous islands. During your travels stop and stretch your legs. Share a brief snack. Discover the perfect island to set up your campsite. What a better way to spend family time together, while sitting around a campfire, listening to loon families calling to each other. The reflection of the moon glistening on the water. Your children safely swimming at their own beach or investigating the boundaries of your island retreat.

Too buggy! Birds love bugs. Birding along Floodwood Road is an area offering a multitude of habitats. At the end of the road is Floodwood Mountain, which offers a great view for all ages.

Did you say mountains! We have the trip your teens will love . Our experienced Guides will assist your family with food packing and preparations. The short carry to the Long Pond put in, places your family in serene water passageways. While paddling your Guide will amuse your family with stories of the Adirondacks. Perhaps catch some fish, identify wild life and involve your clan with hands on learning. Teens love to hike Long Pond mountain and explore the top ridge, pond and wild areas. While you enjoy the peace and quiet of your campsite. The family will build up an appetite for campfire dinners, smores and moonlight vistas. Your loved ones will sleep soundly at your remote outdoor home. Due to our recipe of adirondack fresh air, good food, exercise and guided companionship.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail extends from Old Forge to Maine. Your family can participate in the exploration of these waterways with us. Family trips can start from Long Lake to the Raquette River thru the Saranac Lakes chain to the Saranac River ending at Franklin Falls Pond. We will help you choose, the portion of this trail that is right for your family. Details of this Northern Forest Canoe Trail and map can be found on page 16.

The Adirondack Carousel is a new and exciting addition to Saranac Lake.  The carousel features animals that are common in the Aridondacks.  The hand carved carousel animals  include a large mouth bass, brook trout, beaver, black bear, black fly, blue heron, bobcat, deer, fox, eagle, frog, heron, hermit thrush, draft horse, loon, moose, otter, porcupine, racoon, red squirrel, salamandar, skunk, toad, and turtle.  Their mission is to fuse art, education and entertainment, and involve, encourage and inspire all youth to appreciate where we live, to be environmentally responsible, to enjoy the great outdoors, and to have fun while doing it. Cost is $2 per ride, $5 for 3 rides, or $10 for 7 rides.

Rail & Paddle Package is a great trip for your little ones. They experience the thrill of the train and the fresh air and beauty of the wilderness. Bonding with Mom and Dad while paddling down river. A memory in the making for years to come. Cost is $54 per adult, $29 per child under 12 riding in parent's canoe.

Ride the Adirondack Railroad and Paddle the Saranac River - a great way to spend a day in the Adirondack Park. This train-paddle-train package starts at the Lake Placid Rail Station where you:

  1. Take the train to Saranac Lake. From the SL station you
  2. Walk three blocks to our Base on the Saranac River.
  3. Board the canoes (or optional kayaks at an add'l fee) - (we include a map and all accessories) and you paddle approximately 2 hrs to the Moose Pond Bridge, where we
  4. Pick up and return you to the Saranac Lake train station.
  5. Take the train back to your car at the Lake Placid Station.

Total time is 4 1/2 to 5 hours round trip.

Lunch may be purchased on the train, or at one of the corner stores on the way to our base. Train runs Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations must be made by Noon of the day prior.