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.
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.  This is Tarah's 2nd season with 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.
MikeMike Wolford, Driver - 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.  This is Mike's 1st season at SRCO.
JoshJosh Bowman - A touring and event planning professional for a band that tours internationally for the past ten years.  Josh is a native of Pennyslvania with a long term passion for the outdoors.  He is extremely committed to outdoor recreation.  He loves canoeing and kayaking, as well as hiking.  This is Josh's first season at SRCO.  
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' first season at SRCO.
Tom LaDukeTom LaDuke - An aborist and all round good guy.  Tom has an Aboriculture & Landscape Management degree from Paul Smith's College.  He is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to kayak/canoe, hike, camp, mountain bike, and snowboard.  He has hiked 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail.  This is Tom's 2nd season at SRCO.
LilyLily Silverstein - Entering her Sophmore year at St. Lawrence University where she is majoring in Environmental Engineering.  She is from New Jersey.  Lily is an avid alpine skier and trains with the Olympic Center.  She has done some major biking trips, including a European tour.  She is well traveled internationally.  She enjoys kayaking, running, and hiking.  This is Lily's first season at SRCO.
 Cris WintersCris Winters - An artist and the owner of Art at the Pink House in Saranac Lake. Cris has degrees in Botany and Conservation Biology. She has worked as an outdoor guide in the Adirondacks.  She is an avid paddler, hiker, and gardener.  This is Cris' first season as staff, but she has guided for us in the past.
 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 first season 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 degree 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 fifth year working at SRCO.