Activities on site and nearby

When we are in Loon Lake, we like to spend most of our time at the camps but there is also so much to do in nearby towns like Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Wilmington, Montreal and more! One of our favorite activities is to explore Loon Lake by canoe or kayak. We provide a canoe and 2 kayaks along with all paddles, adult life vests (children require specific fit so please bring life vests for any children and they must wear them when in boats, it is optional but recommended for adults.) The fishing is amazing on the lake with plenty of small mouth bass, perch and northern pike and a few elusive but massive large mouth bass and you may even catch a trout or two near one of the lake inlets or outlets. The water is crisp, clean and refreshing which makes swimming a real treat.


Take a hike up Crusher Mountain right from the front door and you'll be at the top in about 40 minutes or quicker with a great view of the lake and surrounding mountains. There are plenty of places you can hike or mountain bike directly from the front door. Loon Lake has lots of historic buildings, mostly at the south end of the lake, from the Great Camp boom and was a favorite summer vacation spot to 3 US Presidents. In the event of a rainy day you will easily be able to relax and enjoy the many amenities or take a trip to town. Two Beers Inn has satellite TV and internet and a few board games.


The Wild Center in Tupper Lake


The Wild Center allows visitors to explore the allure of the surrounding environment, while still having an informative experience. Inside the center, visitors will be exposed to the wildlife that makes the area their home, as well as a variety of exhibits that explore the natural history of the Adirondacks. Outside, both guided kayak and stand up paddle-board excursions are available. You can also easily explore the many trails located on the property, which are all extremely well maintained. Another notable experience outside is going on the “Wild Walk”, a trail of bridges spanning across the Adirondack Forest. Here visitors can climb up to an eagles nest with a breathtaking view, or swing on rope bridges hanging high amongst the trees.

Overall the Wild Center is the perfect destination for those interested in natural history and animals, as well as beautiful views.

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Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake


In 2001, Karen and a committed group of local residents, supported by the close-knit community-minded people in the small village of Saranac Lake, met to address the logistics. That same year the project became a reality and the group incorporated and was granted not-for profit status.

The staff and board of the Adirondack Carousel worked tirelessly, recruiting woodcarvers to donate their skills and sponsors to underwrite the cost of production, met with local government groups, and worked with the community, local artists, builders and volunteers to garner support. The response to the search for woodcarvers was immediate, and in 2006 the Village of Saranac Lake generously donated land at the historic William Morris Park for the Carousel’s permanent home.

Humbly overwhelmed and excited at the outpouring of so many generous donations of in-kind services and materials, ensuring The Adirondack Carousel, when completed, would be truly “built with community hands,” the organization broke ground on June 20, 2011.

Karen’s dream has become a reality, and has expanded to include a year-round 3,600 sq. ft. pavilion that houses the full-size carousel, as well as gallery/workshop/classroom space. Outside the building is a playground and beautiful pathways constructed from personal, permanently engraved pavers sold as part of the fundraising efforts. Twenty-four handcrafted wildlife animals (18 of which are displayed at one time) and a wheelchair-accessible chariot (a Chris Craft boat) grace the Carousel. In Fall 2011, the Saranac Lake Central School district elementary students voted and named the animals. Local artists hand painted the decorative panels and separating medallions at the top of the Carousel with area scenes and local flora; a local blacksmith created and forged the weather-vane that sits atop the main cupola; a local carpenter built the ticket/sales counter and and countless volunteers painted and stained inside and out.

The Adirondack Carousel, a unique Adirondack gathering place, officially opened its doors in 2012.

There is more info here,

The Refuge Center is located at 977 Springfield Road, in Wilmington, New York, on 50 acres, along the West Branch of the Ausable River, about a mile downstream from Whiteface Mountain, on that section of the river called "Lake Everest." Wendy has Federal and State licences for wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife education, and we are available to do presentations for schools, churches and other organizations. For sample, click here.

When you work with support from local veterinarians to care for sick or injured wildlife, there are three common outcomes: naturally, some animals die despite your best efforts, while others recover to the point where they are able to forage and/ or hunt, and can be released into the wild. The birds of prey who remain in our care, and are used in educational demonstrations and displays, are raptors who are generally healthy, but unable to hunt for themselves, due to partial blindness, permanent wing injuries, etc.

The Refuge Center includes a one mile educational hiking trail, which also serves as a Public Fishing Access trail, and winds its way along the river and river sloughs, through forest and meadow. Our enclosures for education birds include Red-Tailed Hawks, Broad-Winged Hawks, Rough-Legged Hawks, Swainsons Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Turkey Vultures and Ravens. The refuge mascots are Cree, a wolf-hybrid, and Zeebie, a wolf pup. If you're in the area, stop by and see what's going on!

Suggested Restaurants and Farmer's Markets

2017 Saranac Lake Village Farmers' Market
Riverside Park
Corner of Route 3 & Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Saturdays from June 4 to October 15
9:00AM to 2:00PM
Lake Placid Farmers' Market,
St. Agnes Elementary School Parking Lot
2322 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Wednesdays from June 28 to October 18
9:00AM to 1:00PM

Paul Smith's Farmers' Market
VIC Center
June 27 - September 12
Fridays: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Market Manager: Janet Burl (518) 483-6863
The Paul Smith's Farmers' Market features fresh vegetables and berries in season, breads and other baked goods, herbs, jams and jellies and plants..

Keene Valley Farmers' Market
Rt. 73, Marcy Airfield
June 15-October 12
Sundays: 9:30am - 2:00 pm
Market Manager: Dick Crawford (518)561-7167
This market is great for summer residents and visitors heading home after a wonderful week in the Adirondacks. While we do offer great fresh produce of course, this market also features a large selection of fine crafts - easy to transport and great for gifts and remembrances.