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?

  • 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 Cilly, 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.
RickRick Conney, Manager - Extensive background in hospitality management.  After 45 years Rick has found his dream job working at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters.  He is an avid bicyclist, hiker, paddler, and fly fisherman.  He has traveled extensively in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America and the Caribbean.  He especially loves the Scandanavia countries.  
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 10th 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 5th season at SRCO.
 Guide, staffTarah Schlueter, Assistant Manager/Guide - An avid outdoors person.  Tarah holds an Associates Degree in Wilderness Recreation Leadership from North Country Community College. She loves animals and has worked as a horse handler.  Tarah loves to canoe and hike in her free time.  
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.
MikeMike Wolford, Outfitting Staff - A corporate pilot and instructor who has a real love of the outdoors.  He spends his spare time paddling, hiking, fishing, and bicycling. He is well traveled throughout North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Mike especially loves being with people in the outdoors.  
Rob LutzRob Lutz - A Senior at Paul Smith's College majoring in Parks & Conservation Management.  He is originally from Sunapee, NH.  He loves hiking, paddling, fishing and camping.  This is his first season at SRCO.