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Saranac Lakes Chain is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saranac Lake, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for fishing, canoeing, and whitewater kayaking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 13 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Fishing Paddle sports Lake Views
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Gail Duncan
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Hiking

Too many motor boats.

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Chrissy Hudak
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Hiking
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Stewart Stryker
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Paddle sports

Lovely spot very close to town, available by your favorite watercraft. Mostly kayaks and canoes on this lake though some fishermen and pontoon boats. We did some of the southern portion as a half-day paddle and it was beautiful. The NY State boat launch gives very easy (and free) access with bathroom facilities. We saw bald eagles and loons. There are lots of campsites (permit required, need to reserve in February for July and August) and picnic sites on the lake that are beautiful.

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Camping

Camping, canoeing, hiking and fishing at its finest. Annual excursion that meets all my expectations consistently. Beautiful, serene and truly stunning vistas, scenery and relaxation. Sites accessible only by boat.

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Matthew Dubas
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Camping
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I love this spot. Tried to do the trip in the spring, but the meltwater floods prevented it. Fall was a better time. No crowds and temps are still good. Did a four-day three-night journey out of SOT kayaks. Launched from Upper Saranac Lake at Saranac Inn lanuch, camped on Buck Island, and portaged 1/2 mi to Middle Saranac Lake. From there we camped on Bartlett Island and paddled through the upper locks into Lower Saranac Lake. Camped on Fern Island and then paddled to our take out at Ampersand Bay. If you want, arrive a day earlier and camp at Fish Creek Ponds campground, run by the DEC. Reserve in season, get permit from ranger off-season.

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Ben Pattison
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Hiking
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Lissa Brautigam
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Paddle sports
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