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Camp on Saranac Lake Island

Lake Clear, New York


Added by Jerry Meagher

It is a beautiful place, and a great place to camp. Cannot recommend it enough.

Spent 3 nights on Eagle Island July 2015. A beautiful place. Rented a canoe from Adirondack Lake and Trail Outfitters- great place, great staff. Transported the canoe to the NY State DEC boat launch and it picked it back up. Sites are rustic- picnic table, fire ring, and outhouse. Website- Saranac Lake Island Campground, NY State DEC. There is one main DEC boat launch (at First Pond, which connects to Lower Saranac Lake) where you check in, so you must get your permit there and your boat, canoe or kayak cleared there. It is certified to not be carrying invasive species. . There is another at Ampersand Bay, and I was told two others that I did not use. There are numerous Islands in both Lower and Middle Saranac Lakes that have sites, so paddling distance depends on the Island you camp on. The reason I used Ampersand Bay DEC boat launch was that it was closer to my site on Eagle Island (site 01) than the Main DEC launch (which is closest to sites 24,25 and 26). The difference was about a half hour on the water. If you are on the Islands nearest the Main DEC boat launch you will paddle for about 15 minutes to your site. If you on the far sites on Middle Saranac Lake (sites in the 70's and 80's) you'll paddle for a few hours before reaching your site. Coordinates of DEC Boat Launch and Registration booth 44.287541-74.185518

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