Fish Creek to Lower Saranac by boat

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Fish Creek to Lower Saranac by boat

Postby The Ormistons » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:50 am

Hi, all. Our five college-age children are spending a night at one of the Saranac Lake Islands while we are at Fish Creek this summer. Does anyone have experience with boating to it from FCP? They have a 12' row boat with 9.9hp motor and kayaks/canoes. Or, should we drive them to the ranger station and launch them there? How difficult would any portage be for them? Thanks for any info.
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Re: Fish Creek to Lower Saranac by boat

Postby CampADK » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:12 am

Bill,

Are they on Middle or Lower Saranac?

There is a hiking trail from oneoif the middle bays on the east shore of Upper Saranac which ends up at the north shore of Middle Saranac I believe. Have to check the map again. There are many island campsites up there, plus Lower of course. To get to Lower by boat you would have to portage from the south end of Saranac to Middle through the locks and the long channel to Lower. Not a small task.

At least for Lower Saranac camps, your best bet is launching at the DEC Saranac Island boat launch. No portaging required.

There is another put in for Middle further up route 3.

What site did they book?

See map at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/permits_ej_o ... is0712.pdf
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Re: Fish Creek to Lower Saranac by boat

Postby The Ormistons » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:34 am

Dave,
Thanks for the info. They will be on Lower Saranac. Not sure what site. I remember as a kid doing this trip, with the same boat they will be using. I remember challenging portage. I think we'll drive them to the DEC launch.
Bill

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