About St. Regis Canoe Outfitters & Staff

"St. Regis Canoe Outfitters is a family owned business based in Saranac Lake, NY. We take pride in excellent customer service. We vacation, travel and paddle ourselves, so we know the importance of both value for your dollar & being on time. Our gear is the best in the industry & our knowledgeable staff loves being here." -Dave Cilley
St. Regis Canoe Outfitters

If you are returning, thanks for your support and enthusiasm. If you are new to the Adirondacks or to paddlesports, we welcome you to a lifetime sport. It is hard to believe that it has been over thirty years since I bought 6 canoes, camping gear and a canoe trailer.

Everyone, it seems, is trying to find new ways to reconnect with their family. Paddling is a great way to go - we encourage families with young children, couples who want to get away, reaquaint and relax, and others who want to push their limits with distance or time. Everyone wants quality time. Our customers have found that "great adventures are made better by top rate gear and guides."

Why St. Regis Canoe Outfitters?

  • 30+ Years Experience
    • Free route information
    • Friendly, knowledgeable staff who provide attention to detail
  • Best Quality Gear
  • Best Locations
    • 2 outfitting bases - both on the water
  • Wide Range of Services and Programs
    • 35 different rental boats, 6 outfitting packages
    • Guides - family, fishing, natural history
    • Instruction

Our Floodwood Outpost is a rustic building at the edge of the St. Regis Wilderness - it operates daily during the paddle sports season - April to October. The remote location makes a great jumping-off-place. Lots of convenient camping available.

The Saranac Lake Base and store provide river front convenience at an easy to reach, yet downtown location in Saranac Lake Village. Restaurants, the post office, deli, photo services and Main Street shopping are all within 500 feet!!

We will do everything we can to make your trip a success.

Why the Adirondacks?

... a combination of wild lake shores, wilderness land, and accessibility that is rare anywhere and unique in the Northeastern United States.

Exciting, new wild areas continue to be added to the Forest Preserve: In the last decade the Whitney Wilderness Area, the Santa Clara Tract, Henderson Lake, Round Lake, and the Essex Chain of Lakes have all been opened to the public. All provide remote backcountry camping with clear waters and mountains that abound with wildlife: loons, deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, among others. Moose are even making a comeback. If you are quiet you may see bear, mink, fisher, or bobcat.

You may paddle entirely in Wilderness Areas or you may paddle through a unique patchwork of state and private lands that make up the Adirondacks. Your trip may be a two hour exploration with binoculars or it may be a weeklong expedition with a group of friends.

Either way, you will appreciate the knowledge, expertise, and courtesy of our staff in helping to show you the natural world we all live in. Just pick an area to explore....

We welcome the opportunity to help you!!

-- Dave & Rivka Cilley and staff


About our Staff

DaveDave Cilley, Owner - Started the company in 1984 and is the author of the Adirondack Paddler's Guide. In his spare time Dave is out hiking and canoeing. His background includes 22 years in summer camp, Eagle Scout, New Hampshire 4000 footer, Boy Scout Association Camp Director, and years of experience with Eastern Mountain Sports as store manager and guide with the climbing school. Dave is married to Rivka and together they run guided Winter Southern Paddling & Hiking trips.
SarahSarah Ritter, Manager - A civil engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Sarah grew up paddling in the area. Sarah is an avid traveler with recent trips to Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand.  She just can't seem to stay away from summer in the Adirondacks! Sarah joins us for her 9th season here at SRCO.
DylanDylan Van Cott, Manager - A native of Saranac Lake (and a 5th generation summer resident of Onchiota), Dylan graduated with a degree in Digital Media Programming and Management from SUNY New Paltz before returning to the Adirondacks full time. He has a deep love for the mountains and waters that make him proud to call the Adirondack Park home. This is Dylan's 4th season at SRCO.
Nick BrainerdNick Brainerd, Manager - A Cambridge, NY native, Nick holds a degree in Wilderness Recreation Leadership and Environmental Science from North Country Community College. In his spare time, Nick paddles, hikes, and attempts to play the guitar. This is his 4th season at SRCO.
Cassandra Hopkins--Is a graduating senior at Clarkson University where she has studied Political Science & Environmental Policy. She grew up attending summer camps in Vermont and Ontario, later working as a camp counslor and guide at Keewaydin Canoe Camps. Living in Saranac Lake for the summer, she enjoys spending time paddling as much as possible.  This is her third year at SRCO.
 MeganMegan LaCasse--Is entering her senior year at Rutger's University studying Economics & Environmental Policy. She has taken a leadership role as a Trip Facilitor with Rutger's Outdoor Program. She loves spending time hiking and paddling.  She is from Cherry Hill, NJ and living in Lake Placid for the summer.  This is her first year at SRCO.
RivkaRivka Cilley, Co-Owner, Marketing Director - A NY Licensed Outdoor Guide that specializes in local history.  An avid hiker and paddler works who is passionate about the outdoors. She works part time at SRCO assisting with the marketing. She works part time at her private practice counseling business: Sukha Integrative Health, offering Holistic Counseling, Akashic Record Readings and Nature & Art Connect workshops.
ElijahEli Land - A Saranac Lake local who joins our staff for his 2nd year. Eli is passionate about hiking and mountain biking. He attends Saranac Lake High School.
PatPat Hogan - A retired school administrator who loves people too much to be really retired. Pat is an avid hiker who has completed the 115 highest peaks in New York and New England. Pat drives our van & trailer and has helps with our Southern Trip Program. This is Pat's 4th season at SRCO.