On Lake Placid

There are two lakes you can access from the town of Lake Placid in New York. From the main business street in the village you can see Mirror Lake. If go on west towards Saranac Lake on the outskirts of the town the much larger lake is Lake Placid. Lake Placid , the lake, has a few hotels along it, private land with mostly summer residences, and some land that falls under wilderness or forest preserve.

These were all from an end of September trip to the Adirondacks. I took one long trip on the lake, and a couple of short trips. I started out from the Paradox Bay area of the lake on the southern end. This area of the bay has shallow areas and attracts wildlife. Basically most of the wildlife I saw along the lake was in that section.

There is a boat launch with ample parking outside the bay on the lake.

On the lake

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that is Whiteface Mountain in the background. The issue with large lakes in the Adirondacks is many times when you get away from shore it can be quite windy. On my long trip the first day I was there I did fine hugging the island on the way towards Whiteface landing, but on the return when I crossed the lake to the east side is was a struggle to head south hugging the shore. The wind was pretty strong. I did see a few other kayakers out there. I think one whom I talked to briefly ended up getting a ride on a boat. I was too busy trying to paddle to get any decent pictures on the return.

A different trip

There are a lot of summer homes along the lake. Some are only accessible by boat.

Traffic

Canoeists out for short paddle.

In summer this lake is very busy with a lot of motorboat traffic. I shy away from paddling this lake during the summer months. In September after Labor Day many of the summer people have left and there are more kayakers and canoeists than motor boaters. I highly recommend going before or after summer and staying close to the shore of the lake.

Wildlife

Common Loon- I only saw once and it was right where the bay met the rest of the lake.

I did hear and briefly see a kingfisher several times. At some lakes they will pause long enough for you to get a snap of them, at this lake they don’t. I saw two adult kingfishers on the bay.

The heron liked to hang out of the southern end of a bay. There were ducks and also 2 what appeared to be juvenile snow geese I think I included on another post.

I recommend visiting this lake to canoe or kayak before or after summer. Always be prepared and dress appropriately. Be familiar with the conditions. It is a beautiful lake!

7 thoughts on “On Lake Placid”

  1. Looks really nice up there–especially still being summer. Previously, I have spent time in Watertown and Vergennes, VT. How do you keep your camera dry while kayaking? I kayak in Colorado and there is always water getting spashed and accumulating.

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  2. Here the trees have just started turning into their autumn colors and we’ve just had our first freeze. I love fall the most, but your beautiful photos have me wishing for summer and warm weather. The one with the two Adirondack chairs is the epitome of summer to me.

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