Island Camping in the Adirondack Lakes Region
The Saranac Lakes are home to hundreds of islands, scattered throughout three pristine lakes in Franklin County. Adirondack camping sites are located throughout Franklin County - offering an overnight experience where the nightly entertainment is falling stars and the stir of crickets. Towering balsam and fir trees line the scenic Adirondack shoreline, and canoers and kayakers can glimpse water fowl and native wildlife such as Bald Eagles, Whitetail Deer, Great Blue Herons, Mink, Otter and even the occasional Moose.
There are 87 campsites equipped with a picnic table, pit privy and fire ring, making the area a popular Adirondack camping destination for residents and visitors. Located along one of the many Adirondack canoe routes in Franklin County, motor boats are allowed on the Saranacs, though many of the campsites are situated on quiet coves, offering the deep relaxation visitors expect during a camping trip in the Adirondacks.
Boaters and paddlers can also access four other lakes, including Lake Flower, Kiwassa Lake and Oseetah Lake, through a series of locks, which allow your boat or canoe to be raised or lowered to the right water level, for added exploration and adventure.
Directions to Boat Launch
Take NYS Route 3 east from Tupper Lake and drive for approximately 17 miles. The State Bridge Boat Launch will be on the right, with a sign pointing out the entrance. From Saranac Lake, travel along NYS Route 3 west for approximately 6 miles and the boat launch will be on the left.
The Saranac Lakes are home to healthy populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, bullhead and pickerel. A New York State fishing license is required for all sportsmen over 16 years of age, and cannot be purchased from any DEC campgrounds, including the Saranac Lake Islands State Park.
Visitors to the Saranac Lake Islands State Park don't have to book a campsite to enjoy the wonders of this special Adirondack State Park. Several day use facilities provide visitors with access to swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking areas. Pets are prohibited in day use areas.
They are located on:
- Middle Saranac Lake between campsites 67 and 68
- On the east and west ends of Bluff Island in Lower Saranac Lake
- Adjacent to campsite 55 on Lower Saranac Lake
- Between campsites 1 and 2 on Eagle Island in Lower Saranac Lake
What You Need to Know
Check in and register with the DEC ranger on staff between the hours of 12 pm and 9 pm. Campers must register for their site by 9 pm or it will be forfeited. Check in is at the State Bridge Boar Launch site on Route 3, approximately six miles west of Saranac Lake. Checkout is at 11 am on your departure date. Pets are allowed with proof of a currently valid rabies vaccination at campsites, and must not be left unattended. Pets are not allowed at the Saranac Lake Islands day use facilities.
Although each campsite is equipped with a pit privy, fireplace and picnic table, there is no access to potable water, so campers must bring their own water or a safe filtration system. The Saranac Lake Islands State Park has a strict carry-in, carry out policy, and each camper is responsible for disposing of their refuse at a designated facility.
How to book your campsite
The Saranac Lake Islands State Park is divided into distinct "loops" on the ReserveAmerica.com online reservation system, so you can gauge the distance from the boat launch to each site and book according to your own needs. Loops include: Lower SL Islands, Lowe SL West, Middle SL Islands and Site 083-087 Weller Pond.
On the Lower SL Islands, campsites 008 and 024 are the only sites that offer wheelchair accessibility. The sites are connect by stone dust paths and shoreline access is provided via trailhead landings which can accommodate a ramp-equipped, flat bottom pontoon boat.
Book a campsite: http://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com
ReserveAmerica Phone: 1-800-456-2267
Address: Saranac Lake Islands, 4468 State Route 3, Saranac Lake NY 12983
Saranac Lake Islands Phone: (518) 891-2841
Saranac Lake Islands State Park Services and Amenities
- Boat Launch
- Comfort Station
- Picnic Tables
- Motorized Boating
- Sail Boarding
- Water Skiing Options
- Sail Boating
Within 15 miles of the state park:
- Convenience Stores and Gas Stations
- Hiking trails
- Adirondack Medical Center
- Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center
- Adirondack Carousel
- Grocery Stores
- Hardware Stores
- Outfitters - Blue Line Sports
- Retail Shopping
- Seasonal Farmers Market
- The Wild Center Museum in Tupper Lake
- Adirondack Scenic Railroad
- Quiet hours are enforced by the DEC Forest Rangers from 10 pm until 7 am. Violators will be evicted.
- The use of generators is permitted, though restricted to 5 hours maximum per day between 9 am and 11 am, and 4 pm to 7 pm. If the generator is deemed unreasonably loud by the DEC, use will be prohibited.
- Fires must be built in the fireplaces provided at campsites and day use areas. Only dead and down wood or treated wood, may be used for fuel. Chainsaws are prohibited.
- Campsites must be registered to and occupied by a responsible person 18 years of age or older.
- Campsites are limited to a maximum of six people per campsite.
- Firearms are not allowed in the campground except during the fall and spring hunting seasons, though firearms must not be discharged within the campground at any time.