1. It’s called Mirror Lake for a motive.
As you head out of the bustle of the city and make the drive north into the shadows of the yellow birch and red spruce lining the shores of the area’s thousands of lakes and ponds, you’ll likely end up itching to escape on all that water.
Motorboats are discouraged and jet skis are prohibited, keeping the water magnificently calm. Here, it’s all about quieter water activities. The best is SUP boarding; it’s the perfect means to research a lake of this size (it is possible to walk around the entire thing in under an hour). There’s also canoeing, kayaking, paddleboats, and an excellent public beach.
2. There’s a water ski slalom course.
Major islands — Buck and Moose — breaking up the center. ’s enormous, with two at nearly 2,200 acres, it Many areas around the lake are inaccessible by car, so getting on the water is the only way to take in Lake Placid in all its wild glory.
Lake Placid caters to all manner of watersports — analyze the waters on skis, a wakeboard, or a tube. There’s also a water ski slalom course if you’re feeling competitive.
3. Chasing whitewater is not difficult.
The place’s most extreme whitewater rapids are available on the upper Hudson River, a little over an hour approximately from Lake Placid by auto. Rafting day trips start from Table Rock, a big, level, natural sweep at the river’s border just above the chasm.
You’ll find the biggest rapids. In summer, the water becomes warmer and a rafting trip is a comfortable matter.
4. It is possible to see a concert.
SUP Lake Placid offers board rental bundles for the occasion, dinner from Creperie & Big Mountain Deli included.
Live music ranges from reggae to blues to rock. When it’s over, you’re nicely placed for a stroll down Main Street for drinks or dinner.
5. You’ve got access to possibly the most immaculate canoe path on Earth.
The historical Seven Carries canoe course once took visitors between several grand 19th century resorts — the Saranac Inn on Upper Saranac Lake and Paul Smith’s Resort on Lower St. Regis Lake — popular with US presidents of days-gone-by. Both resorts finally burned down, and the class is far less traveled, but no less stunning now. It part of the state’s simply designated canoe place.
Despite the name, there are truly just six carries, among which is especially long at a half-mile from St. Regis Pond to Little Clear Pond. (Fortunately, today’s Kevlar and composite materials make canoes much lighter than they once were.) The consciousness of solitude merely heightens.
6. There’s an awesome local swimming hole.
Take the dip in the cliff above the swimming hole in the bottom of Flume Fall, one of a series of falls along a narrow, gushing expanse of the Ausable River. Try to keep your eyes open during the descent — you’ll see stone and conifer -lined banks before you hit on the cool, clear water rushing past you. Coming here can definitely be an adrenaline rush.
Or not. The autumns above are worth investigating as well, and reachable by bridges and simple trails. As they’re right off Route 86 near Wilmington, about 12 miles from Lake Placid, whatever your approach, there’s no trek essential to check out these cascades.
7. Round here, it is possible to see how the tycoons summered.
The camps of Upper St. Regis Lake are a throwback to the days of huge city swag in the area. They ’re as lavish as they’re pastoral, and each one is well preserved and distant — and now more than half the camps are only reachable by water. Keep a watch out especially for Topridge, which belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one time wealthiest woman in America after she founded General Foods in the 1920s. It’s likely the only camp with its funicular — a cable railway that takes guests from the water up the hill to the primary property.
A fleet of exquisite wooden sailboats built at the turn of the 20th century specifically for the owners of the camps on St. Regis still races throughout the summer months. Despite the atmosphere of exclusivity, anyone can appreciate Upper St. Regis Lake via the public boat launch and marina, even during the boat races.
8. The waterfront dining doesn’t get.
I never leave Lake Placid without grabbing lunch on the deck of The Bungalow on Mirror Lake. Possessed by the nearby historic Mirror Lake Inn, it’s a famous après ski area, but for my cash it better in the summer months. Sip on one of the eight beers on tap, purchase a flatbread pizza, and look out over the water to the High Peaks in the background.
The Brown Dog Café & Wine Bar down the road is another superb waterfront choice on Mirror Lake. You’ll get amazing views of sunset reflections and candlelit dinners of Maine dayboat scallops, organic Scottish salmon, chicken schnitzel — essentially whatever strikes your fancy.
9. It’s even possible to get in the water.
To get a more comprehensive sense of the bodies of water in this region of the Adirondacks, head straight up. Several mountains in the Lake Placid region have hikes that can be completed in an afternoon, with summits that make it simple to appreciate views of some of the 2,700 lakes and ponds scattered throughout north-central New York.
St. Regis Mountain is a relatively simple hike that’s excellent for children and older hikers. The view at the top comprises no fewer than 30 lakes, like Upper and Lower St. Regis, Spitfire, and Upper and Lower Saranac Lakes. The peak view would be worth the effort, although anticipate a couple of relatively difficult scrambles near the top. From here you’ll see Ampersand Lake and the wonderful Saranac Lakes, among others.
The water views are as amazing — and plentiful — from up high from down low as they can be.