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St. Regis by Canoe and Kayak

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Paddling Tour!
Pine Tree Point

Pine Tree Point, courtesy of Historic Saranac Lake’s Wiki page.


In the late 1800s, the St. Regis lakes became a popular destination for wealthy vacationers. By canoe and kayak, we’ll take to Upper St. Regis and Spitfire lakes to visit some of the finest Adirondack camps in the area, built from the 1890s onward.

Our day starts with a visit to two impressive Adirondack camps. First, a visit to the incredible Pine Tree Point, a Japanese-inspired camp built for Frederick William Vanderbilt, dating from 1890. Afterwards, we will paddle over to Camp Winnetaska, a camp built in 1886 that originally had 24 structures in the complex.

Lunch will be at AARCH board member and tour leader Carol Nordmann’s Camp Otterslides, which is perched on a rocky ledge. The boathouse and guest cabins there were designed by contemporary architect, Michael Bird. After, we will head to Camp Arrowhead, designed in 1904, with its beautiful original woodwork throughout. Camp Skerries, built in the 1920s, will follow and features a one-of-a-kind boathouse and stunning original porch with views of Whiteface and St. Regis mountains.

spitfire lake

St. Regis Mountain, viewed from Spitfire Lake. Courtesy of Historic Saranac Lake’s Wiki page.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.

FEE: $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. You will need to bring your own canoe or kayak. We can suggest rental options in the area. Paddle distance approximately 3 miles.


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