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St. Regis Canoe Outfitters

"St. Regis Canoe Outfitters is a family owned business based in Saranac Lake, NY. We take pride in excellent customer service. We vacation, travel and paddle ourselves, so we know the importance of both value for your dollar & being on time. Our gear is the best in the industry & our knowledgeable staff loves being here." -Dave Cilley

Overview

The St. Regis Ponds Loop combines the Nine Carries Route with Upper Saranac Lake and the Fish Creek Ponds to make a classic loop, in the St. Regis Wilderness and the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Areas. This is a strenuous, remote trip with numerous ponds and a couple of small streams. The route is 35-40 miles with 10-14 portages. We recommend the trip as a 4-5 day paddle with time to relax and play. Listed price is per day.
The Adirondack Park is six million acres with a unique patchwork of one-half public and one-half private land. There are several designated wilderness areas, and many wild forest areas, that are very attractive to the canoeist. Nearly 30,000 miles of streams and brooks emerge from the mountains and forests which form the network of over 3,000 lakes and ponds. These rivers and their networks are, perhaps, the greatest multiple-use natural resources in the Adirondacks. The Ultra Lightweight Package includes an ultra lightweight canoe, MSR or Eureka tent, lightweight cook set, customized food package, and necessary gear.
Starting at
$134 USD
Per Day

Trip Highlights

  • Ultra lightweight Canoes
  • Itinerary Planning
  • MSR or Eureka Tents
  • Custom food packed by the meal

St. Regis Canoe Outfitters

"St. Regis Canoe Outfitters is a family owned business based in Saranac Lake, NY. We take pride in excellent customer service. We vacation, travel and paddle ourselves, so we know the importance of both value for your dollar & being on time. Our gear is the best in the industry & our knowledgeable staff loves being here." -Dave Cilley

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Recreation
  • Fishing
  • Canoe Tripping

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Small Lakes & Ponds
  • Rivers and Streams (no whitewater)

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 4-5 Days

Accomodation

  • Wilderness Camping

Guided

  • No

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

Floodwood Outpost

Saranac Lake, New York

This trip is unique in that it allows you the opportunity to paddle on small ponds, creeks, and Upper Saranac Lake as a loop. The trip begins and ends at Floodwood Outpost.

Day 1:

Check in at the Floodwood Outpost to pick up your canoe, food package, and outfitting gear. Our staff will go over the itinerary with you in detail. Portage 0.8 mile to Long Pond, then paddle across Long Pond. This is a great place to camp with numerous campsites, and prominent points of land.

Day 2:

Paddle across a series of small ponds with short portages between ponds. Portage Long Pond to Nellie Pond 1.6 miles. Portage Nellie Pond to Kit Fox Pond 0.25 miles. Portage Kit Fox Pond to Little Long Pond West 0.2 miles. Portage Little Long Pond to Fish Pond 0.2 miles. Great campsites on Fish.

Day 3:

Get ready for some mud. Paddle Fish Pond to St. Regis Pond via Mud Pond and Ochre Pond. Portages include Fish Pond to Mud Pond 0.2 mile, then Mud to Ochre Pond 1.0 mile, and Ochre to St. Regis Pond 0.7 mile. Enjoy the rock face campsites on St. Regis Pond.

Day 4:

You are in for a treat paddling down Hatchery Brook into Upper Saranac Lake. Start the day paddling across St Regis Pond and portaging 0.6 mile to Little Clear Pond. Little Clear Pond is well known for seeing loons. Portage Little Clear to Hatchery Brook 0.8 mile. Camp on Upper Saranac Lake.

Day 5:

You have several options here that involves paddling creeks and small ponds. Here is one route: Paddle from Upper Saranac Lake to Fish Creek Ponds, then continue through Spider Creek coming out at Follensby Clear Pond. Portage from Follensby Clear to Fish Creek, then paddle to Floodwood Pond.

Dates & Packages

St. Regis Ponds Loop

If you're looking for a bit more support on your adventure, or think you could benefit from some local knowledge, you have the option to do this loop as a guided trip.

What Guests Are Saying

Amazing care and attention to detail. It's clear they want everyone to enjoy themselves while exploring the outdoors. Highly recommend!

- Samantha
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