Historic Great Camps on Upper St Regis Lake

St. Regis Canoe Outfitters

Upper St. Regis Lake along with Lower St. Regis Lake and Spitfire Lake became famous in the late 19th century as a summer playground for America's power elite.  Apollos "Paul" Smith started a hotel in 1859 for sportsmen, which became very popular with the wealthy and powerful of New York.  People came to the area for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities and eventually built their own Great Camps. These summer cottages often began as tent colonies with separate units for sleeping, dining, games, and cooking.  The Great Camps in this area included Marjorie Merriweather Post's Topridge, Frederick W. Vanderbilt's Pine Tree Point, Anson Phelps Stokes's Birch Island Camp, George H. Earle Jr.'s Camp Katia and Whitelaw Reid's Camp Wild Air among others.   This guided tour provides a history of the Great Camps and allows you the opportunity to see the boathouses from the lake. The tour also provides a perspective of the wilderness and how it has changed and evolved from its original state prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans.  Lunch is included in this day long Guided Trip.

Basic Cost:  $159 per person (minimum 2 people)

Group Rate Cost:  $129 per person (groups of 4 or more who all reserve at the same time)

Boat Type: canoe or kayak
Experience Level: Novice
Nature of Trip: Historic Great Camps
Cost/Person: $159
Group Rate (4+): $129
Dates: 05/02/2019-10/12/2019

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