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 back in 1984.

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?

  • 35 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 the business.
SarahSarah Ritter, Operations 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 11th season here at SRCO.
Nick BrainerdNick Brainerd, Manager/Head Guide - 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 6th season at SRCO.
RivkaRivka Cilley, Co-Owner/Marketing Director - A NY Licensed Outdoor Guide that specializes in local history.  An avid hiker and paddler who is passionate about the outdoors. Her focus is on guiding, website management, marketing, foodpacking and many other areas of the business. She conducted original research on the history of the area and developed the Paddling History Tours. Together with Dave she helps run the business.
Chris CowanChris Cowan - An event operations supervisor for US Ski & Snowboard Association in the winter months.  Chris has a degree in Resort Management & Recreation Resources.  He is a highly organized and energetic man with a passion for the outdoors.  He loves hiking, kayaking, skiing and fishing.  This is Chris' 2nd season at SRCO.
 Mark LienauMark Lineau - A retired physics & chemistry high school teacher.  Mark has devoted his life to educating teenagers about the outdoors with his experiental approach to teaching.  He has worked as an outdoor guide and ski instructor.  He is an ACA certified canoe instructor.  He enjoys the challenge of paddling in white water, but also will jump at every opportunity to paddle flat water.  This is Mark's 2nd season at SRCO.
IanIan Penders - A senior at SUNY Plattsburgh with a major in Expeditionary Studies and a minor in Environmental Science.  Ian is passionate about white water, sea kayaking and canoeing.  He is from the Rochester area.  This is Ian's first full year at SRCO.
Dylan Dylan Van Cott-- Is a St. Regis Outfitting staff alum and former Social Media Manager. Now the US Sales & Operations Manager at Crua Outdoors during the week, Dylan moonlights with us on weekends.  Dylan has a B.A. in Digital Media Programming & Management from SUNY New Paltz. He is a Saranac Lake native and an avid paddler and hiker.  Aside from his love of the outdoors, Dylan has been involved with the local theatre scene since he was young.  This is his 6th year working at SRCO.