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!

Adirondack Chairs

I believe this was on Lake Colby outside the town of Saranac Lake

What iconic piece of furniture makes many people envision many summer and relaxation? It’s the Adirondack chair. Invented first as the Westport chair in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, it later became known as the Adirondack chair.

This chair seems to resemble more the original chair: the Westport chair – on Upper Saranac Lake

The Westport chair had a solid back, as opposed to many of the chairs today which consist of slats in the back.

On Lake Flower in the town of Saranac Lake – View from Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn property

According to Merriam Webster an Adirondack chair is a wooden lawn chair with a high slatted back, broad arms, and a seat that is lower in the back than the front. So the main difference in design between the Westport chair and the Adirondack chair seems to be slats used instead of solid wood pieces for the area such as the back.

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY- Old Style Adirondack chairs and Adirondack recliners.

It is popular in the Adirondacks to see the chairs on boathouse docks, boat docks, around fire pits, and on beaches.

Mirror Lake

The Adirondack Mountains in New York usually has dry summers and cold, snowy winters. These chairs typically were built to hold up well in the weather.

Saratoga N.Y. area

The sloping seat many find comfortable. The position of the back area makes it unnecessary for most people to find the need to use pillows with it.

In an antique shop in Lake Placid- a combination of tree branches and more traditional Adirondack chair parts- I think the store owner said this one is not antique a local person makes them.

The size of the arm rests makes it convenient to place a drink on.

Lake Placid the lake- View from Wildwood on the Lake’s Property (hotel)
On Lake Placid- a very nice patina of wood
Two with a connecting table
On a dock with a chiminea, outdoor fireplace- on Mirror Lake
Painted with sunflowers- Upper Saranac Lake

These chairs are not just sold in the Adirondacks, although they can be seen all over the area. They can be any colour or painted with scenes on them. Do you have this iconic outdoor furniture in your yard?

What is it?

Can you name this bird? I saw two birds like this hanging with Canadian geese for one day on Lake Placid. I did not see them after that.

Not the greatest picture, but this was before sunset in a shady area.

It is mostly white with a black or dark grey bill. It has a stripe going from the bill to the back of it’s head that starts out dark grey then fades to a lighter grey. It has light grey on back feathers.

I have had a few suggestions: young snow geese, white morph Ross’s goose, and a hybrid. What do you think?

Adirondack Boathouses

Boathouses are a covered structure with direct access to body of water. Some say it is only for the storage of boats and boating equipment. They also regulate them in some areas of the Adirondacks. In those areas they can not have bathrooms, beds, a kitchen or heating. In other places they have all of those things. Lake Placid tends to have more of the latter in this description.

This is known as a his and hers boathouse. Each boathouse appears to also have family living quarters.

The original style of the houses and boathouses was labeled Adirondack. It was used in the great camps, some of which were built during the Gilded Age for the rich. Adirondack style is known for using local materials such as birch and cedar logs that were whole, split, or peeled logs. Using bark was common as well as granite fieldstone. The inside of these houses or boathouses they would use rustic furniture. Some of these boathouses pictured are quite old while others may be a modern take on the boathouses of old.

Modern take on the traditional.

There are two main lakes near the village of Lake Placid. The one most people see on the main business thoroughfare in the village of Lake Placid is actually Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is about a mile long and covers about 128 acres. There are homes and businesses around the lake. Lake Placid, however, is on the north side of the village. Lake Placid covers about 2,170 acres.

This one fits the one description of a boathouse- one story, no heating, plumbing, or electric.

Most of the shoreline around the Lake Placid is undeveloped. However, there are some pretty specular homes and boathouses on some parts of the lake. Most of the homes are well over a million dollars. CEOs of companies own these as vacation homes, as well as musicians, and other famous people. In other words, the top 1 percent vacation in these homes. Some homes are only accessible via boat.

This appears to be more than a boathouse. There are some very expensive boathouses for rent on this lake having what you would normally find in a house.

I took an hour long pontoon boat tour with Lake Placid Marina and Boat tours to see the lake. If vacationing in the area this is a nice boat trip. The captain, Captain Cook, is very knowledgeable about the history of the houses and their inhabitants. Yes, I went in June 2020. This boat tour is operating. As of the end of June, the Adirondack region is in stage 4 of opening up.

If visiting the Lake Placid area consider going on this boat tour. Not only do you learn some of the history of the lake, but also experience some really scenic mountain and lake views.

For more information about the boat tour use this link: https://www.lakeplacidmarina.com

We were told this family had a girl who watched Lion King every night. It was the only video they had.
Asian style pagoda boathouse
I believe the boat captain said this lake has the largest collection of wooden boats on a lake.
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