Adventure Awaits at Adirondack Lakes
It's no secret that one of the jewels of the Adirondack Region is its abundance of iconic lakes. Adirondack lakes are the best—in beauty, purity, and year-round accessibility. The region boasts over 3,000 lakes and ponds, so if you're after swimming and boating, camping and hiking, or just taking in magnificent lakeside views, there's a memorable experience awaiting all who venture there. Here are a few lakes you won't want to miss while you're here in the Adirondacks.

Lake George

  • 32 miles long, 3 miles wide
  • Lake George was nicknamed "the Queen of American Lakes" by Thomas Jefferson.
  • The lake is home to nearly 186 islands. 154 of those islands are owned by the State of NY and many are available for camping.
  • Known for iconic boat tours like the Minne-Ha-Ha, parasailing excursions, lakefront hotels & resorts, and Million Dollar Beach.
 
 

Lake Placid

  • 2,170 acres, 50 feet deep
  • Its waters served as the inspiration for a color of classic Fender guitars, called "Lake Placid Blue".
  • It's the drinking water source for the nearby village of Lake Placid.
  • Take in the beautiful views of Whiteface Mountain and the Adirondack Great Range from a boat, or enjoy island camping in a lean-to on Moose Island.

Lake Champlain

  • 120 miles long, 12 miles wide, 400 feet at its deepest
  • 587 miles of shoreline
  • Home to the oldest known fossil reef in the world (~480 million years old)
  • Rumored to be home to Champ, the famous Lake Monster
  • Rent a sailboat yacht for a week and sail along Lake Champlain for a truly unique Adirondack vacation experience.
 
 

Cranberry Lake

  • 6,995 acres, 38 feet deep
  • It's the third largest lake in the Adirondacks.
  • Named for cranberry bogs that used to grow in the lake.
  • Cranberry Lake is a popular destination for those seeking a more secluded Adirondack experience away from the more crowded areas of the region.

Saranac Chain of Lakes

  • 17-miles of waterway connecting the Saranac River with Lake Flower, Kiwassa Lake, Oseetah Lake, and Lower, Middle and Upper Saranac Lakes.
  • Encompasses part of the northeast's largest wilderness canoe area—the St. Regis Canoe Area.
  • Featured on ESPN's Great Outdoor Games for bass fishing.
  • Enjoy secluded shoreline beaches, island camping, gorgeous sunsets, and long relaxing boat rides when you visit the Saranac Chain Lakes.
 
 

Schroon Lake

  • 9 miles long, 1 mile wide, 56 feet deep
  • The lake was formed by ancient glacial rubble that carved out the Schroon Valley.
  • The Adirondack Marathon route circles Schroon Lake.
  • Splash around at the Schroon Lake Town Beach, a lifeguarded, public beach perfect for fun in the sun, picnicking, sandcastle making, swimming, and enjoy the Adirondack Mountain views.

Tupper Lake

  • 44 miles long, 148 feet deep
  • Discovered by Native Americans in the 16th century
  • Tupper Lake was once known as the "Highways of the Adirondacks" for its paddle-friendly connection to rivers, streams, and ponds in the region.
  • Cast a line and try your hand at catching 13 different species of fish, or head over to Little Wolf Beach for over 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline and camping.
 
 

Mirror Lake

  • 122 acres, 60 feet deep
  • Lies in the center of the Olympic village of Lake Placid
  • Hosts the swimming leg of the IRONMAN Lake Placid
  • As a non-motorized boat lake, it is the perfect place to enjoy SUP boarding, kayaking, and swimming all summer long.
  • The town of Lake Placid plows a path around the entire frozen lake in the winter for ultimate winter fun like skating, hockey, and the awesome toboggan chute!

Long Lake

  • 14 miles long, 4,077 acres, half-mile width
  • Part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
  • Was a favorite spot of William Henry Harrison "Adirondack" Murray, considered the father of the Outdoor Movement.
  • For a magical Adirondack experience, take a scenic seaplane ride from Long Lake!
 
 

Raquette Lake

  • 4,925 acres, 95 feet deep
  • The lake is named for French snowshoes (raquettes) abandoned along the lakeshore by a group of British Loyalists escaping the Revolution.
  • 80 percent of Raquette Lake's shoreline is designated "Forever Wild" by New York State.
  • Learn about the historic Great Camps along Raquette Lake on the W.W. Durant boat tour while enjoying delicious food and beverages.

Indian Lake

 
The Adirondack Regions
The Adirondack Regions feature over 100 welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys and steep cliffs. Spanning more than six million acres, the Adirondack Mountains are home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 of the United States. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region - discover an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. You're invited to explore the Lake George Region's family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau's one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.
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