Guide To Saranac Lake Waterfront Properties

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The Saranac Lake region offers some of the widest variety of waterways. For locals, visitors or home buyers looking for Saranac Lake Waterfront properties, it is a world class place for water lovers to explore.

One of the regions best waterway jewels is the chain of 5 lakes (Lake Flower, Oseetah Lake, Kiwassa Lake, Lower Saranac Lake and Middle Saranac Lake) offering over 24 miles of waterways to explore. Additionally, small ponds and rivers in surrounding areas provide endless water adventures to delight every type of water explorer. Although the waterways are diverse, they all have spectacular Adirondack mountain views pristine nature experiences in common.

If hoping to find a perfect match in one of the many available Saranac Lake waterfront properties, be sure to explore Upper & Lower Saranac Lake, Lake Flower, Oseetah Lake and Kiwassa Lake for the best chance to own on a lake. For small waterway living, the Saranac River provides the best opportunity, cutting through the center of town from end to end. This distance adds additional opportunities for home buyers to find the perfect waterfront property.

Lakes – Saranac Lake Waterfront Properties

Upper Saranac Lake

The longest of the chain of Saranac Lakes, Upper Saranac Lake provides some of the best boating that can be found in the Saranac Lake region. This lake offers 37 miles of shoreline with over 50% of it being privately owned. Even though over 50% of the shoreline is privately owned, there is still plenty of opportunity for visitors and locals to explore this lake. It offers some primitive campsites as well as great paddling, boating and fishing.

Access for boating and paddling varies. Paddling is easier with state launches, while boating will require launching from the Marina or Fish Creek Campgound.

Anglers should look for small & large mouth bass, northern pike, bullhead, and lake trout.

Lower Saranac Lake

Lower Saranac Lake provides a wonderful opportunity to explore a larger lake while still staying close to town. This lake has a wonderful history of visits by famous individuals including Mark Twain as well as famous authors and scientists.

This lake has multiple islands that offer primitive camping as well as wonderful birding and fishing opportunities. As you are exploring, you will have the opportunity to see loons, eagles, and even Great Blue Herons depending on the day. If you are fishing, you will be able to find northern pike, walleye, rainbow trout and bass.

This lake does allow motor boats with access through one of the marinas or from the state launch on First Pond.

Lake Flower

In the heart of Saranac Lake, you will find Lake Flower. Lake Flower provides wonderful opportunities to explore the waterways in Saranac Lake whether you decide to use a motorized boat or paddle around. This lake is just off the downtown area making it an ideal lake to enjoy summer days. As you continue through this lake, you can venture into Oseetah Lake, Kiwassa Lake and even Lower Saranac Lake. Much of the shoreline is privately owned by homeowners and businesses, but there are a few public launches found around the lake.

Oseetah Lake

As you continue through Lake Flower heading toward Lake Placid, you will land in Oseetah Lake. This lake has camps and homes surrounding it. Some include road access while others are boat access only. Boaters can continue around a point to head into Kiwassa Lake or head to the Saranac River Lock that will allow them to access Lower Saranac Lake.

Kiwassa Lake

Kiwassa Lake is a 280- acre lake between Oseetah and Lower Saranac Lake. This lake has two road access points. One is off of Kiwassa Road in Saranac Lake and the other is on Route 3 as you head toward Tupper Lake.

This lake does not offer state boat launch access, but it can be accessed through Oseetah Lake or from the State Launch on Second Pond via the Lower Saranac Lake Lower Lock.

Kiwassa allows motorboats as well as paddling.

Anglers will find small and large mouth bass, yellow perch as well as a variety of other fish.

Lake Colby

With swimming and some of the best lake fishing in the area, Lake Colby is the perfect lake for all of your Adirondack explorations. Lake Colby is located across from the Saranac Lake Hospital (Adirondack Health). It has a sandy beach for the community to enjoy the lake during the summer. There is also a boat launch point just down the road from the beach. This lake allows motorized boats as long as they are 10 hp or less, making it wonderful place to paddle or fish. As stated above, this lake has top notch fishing year round. Anglers can search for rainbow, brown and lake trout as well as landlocked salmon and large or small mouth bass.

Ponds & River – Saranac Lake Waterfront Properties

Hoel Pond

This 450-acre pond is on the southern edge of the St. Regis Canoe region. The eastern shoreline is privately owned, but has 6 miles of shoreline to explore. This pond does have a public boat launch so getting onto the pond is a breeze.

This public boat launch is restricted for launching canoes or kayaks only. Shoreline owners are the only users permitted to launch motorized boats on the pond.

If you decide to drop a line in the water while out on Hoel Pond, expect to find landlocked salmon, lake trout, small & large mouth bass and a variety of other fish.

This is also a popular spot to go primitive camping with multiple spots at the northeast and southwest areas of the pond. Additionally, you may find some open campsites at the parking lot area. All of Hoel Pond’s campsites are first come, first served. Getting there early is a good idea to find and secure your camping site.

Fish Creek Ponds

Just past Upper Saranac Lake, you will find Fish Creek Ponds. As Fish Creek Campground opens up, this area turns into a wonderful little community during the summertime.

This campground offers 355 campsites that are open to tents and 40 RVs. With a sandy beachfront, there is also easy access for both motorized and unmotorized boats. The campground also allows public day use access where campers and visitors can enjoy the picnic area, playground, boat launch and the beach!

Anglers looking to fish on Fish Creek Ponds can expect to find black bass, northern pike and pan fish. For anglers fishing from a boat, you can explore out a little further into Square Pond and Upper Saranac Lake.

Moody Pond

A local staple, Moody Pond can be found just outside the heart of Saranac Lake, NY. Many locals use the road around this pond as a daily walking option as it offers a mostly level walk through one of the pleasant local neighborhoods in Saranac Lake.

Just off this pond you will find the trailhead to Baker Mountain as well as a new Rails-to-Trails pathway that provides miles of Adirondack exploration.

As stated above, this pond is surrounded by a local neighborhood that provides ample opportunity to find a property nearby.

Moody Pond has a variety of wildlife. Common animals to see include turtles, a variety of birds and in the waters, northern pike, rock bass, yellow perch and some other fish species. This pond does allow ice fishing.

If you plan on enjoying the pond, please be sure to be courteous and use the public areas as some frontage is privately owned.

Turtle Pond

Turtle Pond is a 6-acre pond that can be found as you travel out of Saranac Lake toward Lake Placid. This pond is similar to Moody Pond where there is privately owned shoreline as well as public access.

This pond is another great waterway to enjoy the beauty of the Adirondacks with a variety of animals to see. Additionally, this pond holds yellow perch, pumpkinseeds and black crappie for anglers. Ice fishing is also. permitted on this pond.

This pond is close to the outer section of the Saranac Lake Rails-to-Trail pathway. There is a parking area for the public to enjoy exploring this trail on foot or bike.

Saranac River

Running through the heart of Saranac Lake is the Saranac River. This 81-mile river provides multiple opportunities to explore one of the longest Adirondack waterways as it runs from Upper Saranac Lake to Lake Champlain.

There are multiple public access points into the Saranac River throughout the Saranac Lake Region. Many paddlers access this river off Dorsey Street or at the park at the corner of Pine Street and Route 3 heading toward Bloomingdale.

Longer rivers like the Saranac River provide ample opportunities for home buyers to find a waterfront property as many Adirondack communities are built around them.

This river offers some world class fishing as well. Anglers will find northern pike, large and small mouth bass, bullhead and brown trout.

Real Estate – Saranac Lake Waterfront Properties

Home buyers looking to find a waterfront property in the Saranac Lake Region will find more opportunities then in some of the other regions throughout the Adirondacks. This region offers a wide variety of waterways for potential buyers to find their perfect property. Many of the lakes in the region are surrounded by homes. Some even offer boat access only properties. Similar to most Adirondack communities, the price for Saranac Lake waterfront properties comes down to the location, the amount waterfront footage, access and amenities.

Generally homes on Upper Saranac Lake will fetch a higher price than many of the surrounding lakes and waterways. This is due to the exclusiveness, history and style of homes that can be found around it. Also, Lower Saranac Lake tends to have a higher price point. Many of the camps and homes on the Saranac Lakes are original and many have been upgraded over the years. Many also have easy waterfront access on a parcel large enough to give plenty of privacy from neighbors.

Homes on Oseetah Lake, Kiwassa Lake and Lake Flower can come close in price to what you will find on the Saranac Lakes. However, these are generally just a little lower due to the amount of properties found on the shoreline. Upgraded and more private homes on Oseetah and Kiwassa Lake typically list for well over one million dollars. Homes on Lake Flower can be closer to the million dollar range depending on the condition, waterfront and privacy. ADKPP recently listed a gorgeous property across from Lake Flower with direct access to the lake for just under $700,000.

As you compare properties, remember that access and amenities will affect pricing. Road access is more desirable than boat access only, so the price will follow, especially if the road is maintained and accessible year round. Unfortunately, there are some seasonal roads that make access to some properties tricky during winter. When thinking about amenities, consider closeness to town, what activities are allowed on the waterfront, and if there are any rules and regulations that affect your property.

Vacation Rentals – Saranac Lake Waterfront Properties

Vacation rentals in the Saranac Lake region can vary greatly from classic Adirondack Camps to residential homes with easy access to communities. Our office offers a few properties throughout the region that provides superb opportunities to explore the area. Three out of the five properties that we offer have waterfront access including Camp Stillwaters, Alpenglow Lodge and Pinehurst Retreat. These waterfront properties offer privacy and ample opportunity to enjoy summer days on the water.

If you are hoping to purchase a home in this region to use for short-term vacation rentals, check each community’s regulations as they can vary from town to town. Some communities have more restrictive regulations that could include guest limits, how many days you can rent, and building checks.

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Camp Stillwaters

A magnificent, custom log home set on the shores of gorgeous Oseetah Lake with 270 private feet of waterfront. Located on a private road, this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home features an open floor plan with large kitchen, dining room that seats 12 people, a grand great room featuring cathedral ceilings with massive logs throughout.

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Alpenglow Lodge

Alpenglow Lakeside Lodge is the perfect place to create that special vacation experience. The Adirondack-style 8 bedroom home is nestled on a private lot on the shores of Lower Saranac Lake. This is an ideal spot, whether you are looking for a restful place to rejuvenate or a destination where you can create meaningful memories daily.

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Camp Serenity

This high end, lavishly furnished and large home is ideal for extended family groups and friends. This home offers 3 levels of living. The upper loft has a pool table, and there is a also a piano & game room with air hockey and foosball. Newly renovated, this 6,200 sq. ft home was built in 2000 on the highest point of Mount Pisgah with beautiful Saranac Lakes & mountain views from inside and out.

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Pinehurst Retreat

Pinehurst Retreat is a spectacular 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath waterfront rental property located in Saranac Lake, NY. This impressive Adirondack style home with exceptional privacy and views sits majestically on a bluff overlooking the lake and mountains. Enjoy a refreshing swim in Lower Saranac Lake from the private dock at the water’s edge.

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Hummingbird Lodge

Hummingbird Lodge is an extremely well maintained home offering everything guests may need. The home offers three levels of luxury living within a close drive to Saranac Lake Village. Also close by is the marina and boat rentals to enjoy 26 miles of waterways on some of the most beautiful lakes in the country.

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Our team of real estate experts at Adirondack Premier Properties would love to help you make your Saranac Lake Waterfront Properties dreams come true. Contact us today to start your search!

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