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

f 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

Dave

Dave 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.

Nick

Nick Brainerd, General 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.

Rivka

Rivka 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. She has been co-owner of SRCO since 2010.

Chris Cowan

Chris Cowan, Manager - 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 Lienau

Mark 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 running the Floodwood Outpost.

 Chase

Chase Newman - Is going into his Sophmore year at Saranac Lake High School. Chase has been canoeing and kayaking since he was a little kid.  He loves the outdoors.  This is Chase's first year working at SRCO.

 Josh Bowman

Josh Bowman - A full time Road Manager for a band that travels internationally. Josh joins us during his break from traveling.  He is a NY licensed guide who loves to take people out in the wilderness.  He is passionate about paddling and hiking.  He is very knowledgeable about the area.  This is Josh's 2nd season at SRCO.

 Mayah

Mayah Land - Is a Sophmore at Saranac Lake High School.  She is an avid paddler.  She loves hiking, biking and getting outdoors. This is Mayah's 2nd season at SRCO.

 Aggie

Aggie Macy - Is going into her senior year at Dublin, NH High School. She participates in Nordic skiing, cross country running and Lacrosse.  She built her own cedar strip solo canoe.  She has experience paddling in the St. Regis Canoe area, as well as other canoe areas.  Aggie is excited to join us for her first season at SRCO.

 Leena

Leena Keal-- Is going into her sophmore year at Saranac Lake High School.  She has previously worked at the Wild Center and as a camp counselor for the NFCT Summer Camp.  She loves paddling.  She is a huge advocate for the environment. This is Leena's first season at SRCO.

 

Dwight Stevenson--A Middle School Social Studies teacher in Saranac Lake during the school year.  Dwight loves to race canoes.  He gets out as often as he can to paddle.  This is Dwight's first season at SRCO.

 

Dave Gardner--A scientist and author.  Dave is an environmentalist.  He loves paddling and history.  Dave has been driving for us all summer and will be joining the staff full time for the rest of the canoe season.

 Mike Bopp

Mike Bopp-- A retired electrical technician and long standing customer with SRCO.  Mike is an avid paddler who enjoys multi-day trips in the Adirondacks.  This is Mike's first season at SRCO.