Other Lakes and Rivers

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Great Sacandaga Lake  -  The Great Sacandaga Lake is a large lake situated in the Adirondack Park. The lake has a surface area of about 41.7 square miles at capacity, and the length is about 29 miles and 5 miles at its widest point. 


Tucked away in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the northeastern corner of Fulton County. Much of the lake is located in the southeastern part of the forever-wild Adirondack Park Preserve. Bordering towns include Broadalbin, Mayfield, Northville, Edinburg, West Day, Conklingville, Batchellerville, Fayville and Fish House.


Lake Pleasant  -  The lake is about four miles long and about one mile wide with the widest part being at the northeast end. The village of Speculator is at its northern tip, and the hamlet of Lake Pleasant is by the western end. NY Route 8 traverses the north side of the lake, and South Shore Road goes around the south part.

Lake Pleasant is linked to Sacandaga Lake by the Sacandaga Outlet, a small stream that passes under Route 8. The Sacandaga River drains Lake Pleasant and flows out the southern end by Speculator under Route 30.


Indian Lake  - Indian Lake is a 12-mile long, 4,255-acre lake in the towns of Indian Lake and Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County. Route 30 runs along the west shore of the lake. Most of the shore is part of the Forest Preserve.


Indian Lake is fed by the Jessup River, and drains through the Indian River into Lake Abanakee, and from there through the Indian River to the Hudson River. The State of New York operates a campground on Indian Lake, most of which are on islands, that are accessible only by boat.  


East Branch of the Sacandaga River - The East Branch Sacandaga River flows into the Sacandaga River in Wells, where Route 8 joins Route 30. It is partly located in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness area.


The East Branch Gorge Path is an unmarked trail that extends about a mile and climbs 115 feet.


West Branch of the Sacandaga River - Starting at Piseco Lake and running about 15 miles to where it joins the Main Branch of the Sacandaga River at DEC Sacandaga Campground, just south of the town of Wells.


The Northville-Placid Trail crosses the river at historic Whitehouse, located at the end of West River Road, which parallels the river.   


Main Branch of the Sacandaga River - The historic Sacandaga River is a 64-mile long river and is a tributary of the Hudson River, flowing into it across in the towns of Hadley and Lake Luzerne. The Sacandaga River drains Lake Pleasant at a location next to the public beach in the village of Speculator.


The river follows a winding path through some wetlands and various ecosystems through the county. Between Wells and Lake Pleasant, the river flows into a series of ponds. It then takes a steep path flowing over a series of cataracts including Christine Falls and Auger Falls. After flowing through Wells, the river enters Lake Algonquin, flowing over the dam and then following a course of rapids to Great Sacandaga Lake.

The West Branch joins the main river at the Sacandaga State Campground. The East Branch joins the trunk stream in the town of Wells. 


Its name comes from the Native American Sa-chen-da'-ga, meaning "overflowed lands".




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Winter Venues

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Lapland Lakes  -  A Touch of Finland in the Southern Adirondacks! Groomed ski trails designed by Olympic XC skier Olavi Hirvonen. Warming lodge, food service, lessons, equipment sales and rental, overnight lodging, and more. 


Oak Mountain  -  Oak Mountain has terrain suitable for all skill levels at a very affordable rate. The ski center boasts 22 trails with a quad chair. The Snow Tubing hill has 4 lanes with a lift. Children love the hill, but you would be surprised how many others enjoy it as well! The "bunny hill" (beginners area hill) has an easy to use T-Bar and is the base of operations for Oak's outstanding Ski and Snowboard school.


Gore Mountain  - Gore Mountain is an alpine ski resort located in North Creek, New York that can be reached by "Snow Train."  Attracting skiers from all over the east, it is the closest large mountain in New York to the Capital District (Albany) metro area. 

Gore Mountain has 107 trails and 15 lifts. It has a wide variety of alpine terrain and also has 12 Nordic trails for cross country skiing.


Cunningham's Ski Barn  -  Cunninghams offers alpine skis, snowboards, backcountry and cross country equipment and apparel.  They have Cross Country Ski Trails in North Creek and just outside of North Creek at Beaver Meadows.


Garnet Hill Lodge  - Garnet Hill Lodge is a pet-friendly four-season destination resort overlooking Thirteenth Lake with mountain views, superb cuisine, and a complete cross-country skiing center in the winter. Garnet Hill's Log House Restaurant continues a 50 year tradition of providing guests with a memorable dining experience. 


Hamilton County Snowmobile Trails  -  With some of the finest trails in the East, Hamilton County has over 750 miles of groomed snowmobile trails for your riding pleasure - the biggest trail system in the state - and over 500 miles of back countrycross-country ski trails.




Hiking Nearby

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Whitehouse  -  Once the location of a famous old hunting camp. All that remains of this camp today, is a beautiful, old stone chimney. 


Northville-Lake Placid Trail  -  The 133 mile trail winds through the heart of the Adirondacks and traverses five distinct wilderness areas, including some very remote sections. 


Auger Falls  -  This 40 foot falls is at the beginning of a series of drops, plunges and cascades totaling over 100 feet though this narrow gorge


Chimney Mountain  -  A geologic oddity. Just below the summit there is a chimney formation. Along with the chimney there is a system of caves and rock crevasses. 


Snowy Mountain  -  The tallest mountain in the southern Adirondacks. The trail to its top is very steep and demanding. Outstanding views of Indian Lake. Fire tower.


Kunjamuk Cave  -  A mysterious cave, since everyone wonders if it was manmade or not. The cave itself is about 15 feet deep and 8 or so feet wide with a small window opening near the top.


Hadley Mountain  -  Only 1.8 miles long, but achieves a sharp elevation gain of 1525 ft. Outstanding views of the Southern Adirondack Mountains and  the Great Sacandaga Lake. Fire tower.


Tenant Creek Falls  -  The hike to the lower Tenant Falls is a very modest walk in the woods suitable for most families with young children and dogs.


Echo Cliffs On Panther Mountain  -  This hike not short on scenery. With less than a mile to the scenic lookout, hikers are quickly rewarded with panoramic views of Piseco Lake.




Cultural and Historical Options 

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Adirondack Museum  -  One of America's finest outdoor museum. Explore topics ranging from boating, to logging, to indigenous arts, and will find daily hands-on activities.


Wild Center  -  An 81-acre hands-on place to get all kinds of new perspectives on the wild world of the Adirondacks. The Center has live animals, a wide screen theater, its own river, and the only treetop walk in the Adirondacks.


Saratoga and North Creek Railway  -  Offering visitors a unique way to experience the Adirondack region of New York State. With seven stops between North Creek and Saratoga Springs. Operating daily service throughout the summer and fall seasons


Sacandaga Pathway -  A boardwalk & path, which provides a unique opportunity by making wetlands, transitional forest, and upland timber areas accessible to all fitness levels. Great river views. Free.


Saratoga Auto Museum  -  Opened in 2002, the main exhibits continually change, showcasing Antique, Classic Cars and Muscle cars. Dozens of major outdoor car shows and ‘cruise-ins’ from all over the country.


Great Camp Sagamore  -  Dating from 1897, the Vanderbilt Camp is a 27 building complex offering guided walking tours. Open to the public for accommodations and tours from Memorial Day until mid-October. 


Raquette Lake Navigation Company  -  Cruise and dine on Raquette Lake, birthplace of the Great Camps of JP Morgan, Vanderbilt and Huntington. Lunch, dinner, brunch, scenic, moonlight, fall foliage cruises. Private charters.


Six Flags Great Escape   -  In beautiful Lake George, New York, it's home to over 135 rides and attractions including thrill rides, family rides and a full water park.


Saratoga Race Course  -  Named one of the world’s greatest sporting venues by Sports Illustrated, every summer history comes alive as fans experience not only the best in racing, but the unmatched ambience and charm of historic Saratoga Springs.