Winter is a great time to visit Saranac Lake. The Adirondacks are absolutely beautiful blanketed in snow, and the weather opens up all kinds of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Winter also brings the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival! From January 31st to February 9th enjoy all kinds of great family friendly activities in Saranac Lake! Beginning as a one day festival in 1897, this festival has grown over the years into a fantastic 10 day festival featuring sporting events, book sales, yard sales, high teas, traditional carnival games, movie screenings, live music, and so much more! Come experience this Saranac Lake tradition.
Mt. Pisgah Ski Center is a great place for downhill skiing or riding, offering 30 acres of trails. They also have 3.5 acres of snowshoe trials, 3.5 km of cross country trails, and great slopes for tubing. And of course, they’re the best spot for night skiing!
Cross country skiing is a great activity to try in Saranac Lake! Dewey Mountain Recreation Center has over 13 km of groomed trails, night skiing, and a winter racing series! It’s also where Billy Demong, 2010 Olympic gold medalist, learned to ski! Other great options for cross country skiing are Paul Smith’s College VIC, and the Tupper Lake Ski Trails.
Saranac Lake is also an excellent place to go snowshoeing. There are plenty of trails to follow in the area, including the scenic walk around Moody Pond. Walk through the Pines and then walk the beautiful 4 mile loop around the lake!
Ice Fishing is another activity that Saranac Lake offers. Fishing at Rollins Pond will yield smelt, lake trout, pumpkinseed, and northern pike. The pond is small and narrow so tends to freeze early. It’s most easily reached by snowmobile or snowshoeing. Lake Colby is another great location for ice fishing, and more easily accessed than Rollins Pond. The lake has brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, rock bass, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, and landlocked salmon.
Visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to learn all about the natural history of the Adirondacks. Learn about local wildlife, local flora, and how humans and the natural world can thrive together.
For more things to do in Saranac Lake check out our previous post here.