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Lower Saranac Lake: Gem of the Adirondacks

  • Beach Area by David Martin

One of the most scenic destinations in the Adirondack Mountains, Lower Saranac Lake is a 6 mile lake with dozens of pristine islands, spectacular wildlife, private beaches, and a healthy fishery. Not only is Lower Saranac Lake a special place, it's interconnected with Middle Saranac Lake, the Saranac River, Kiwassa Lake, Oseetah Lake and Lake Flower for a total of nearly 40 miles of waterway. That means that there are loads of quiet bays and private swimming spots to explore.

A fisherman's dream, Lower Saranac Lake is also well known for excellent bass and pike. The wild shoreline of the Forest Preserve provides great habitat for monster fish to hide out. Wide-eyed visitors to the lake return home with fish stories that just couldn't be true- except they have the photos to back up their tales!

You can enjoy the tranquility of a pre-dawn paddle, or watch the sunset from the most beautiful venue around, Ampersand Bay and Lower Saranac Lake are the places to be. With complimentary canoes, kayaks and paddle boards, you'll find yourself underneath a bald eagle's nest, or spotting a loon in no time at all.  If you prefer a gas powered option for exploring the lake, we also offer fishing boats and pontoon boats for rent.

For more high speed thrills, our lake is a great place for skiing, tubing and other water sports. You can bring your own boat, launch on site, and store it in one of our boat slips.

With only one mile of privately owned shoreline, and 87 public campsites on thousands of acres of Forest Preserve lands, Lower and Middle Saranac Lake are as wild as it gets in the Adirondack Mountains.  At the farthest tip on the lake, and just a mile from Saranac Lake's Village and it's restaurants, grocery stores, quaint shops and bustling downtown, Ampersand Bay is truly your gateway to the wilderness.

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