Lake Colby is a 272-acre lake, located on the Harrietstown Road just outside the village of Saranac Lake; its outlet feeds into Lower Saranac Lake. Lake Colby is also the name of a hamlet located just north of the lake.
Theatrical agent William Morris, built Camp Intermission on the western shore of Lake Colby in 1928, and invited his clients to come there for rest and relaxation. In 1963, it became Camp Colby, a boy's conservation education camp, and in 1971 it became co-educational. It is now the Lake Colby Environmental Education Camp, for 10 to 13 year-olds.
At one time there was a move to rename Lake Colby Veronica Lake.
VIDEO: Saranac Lake man shows passion on the ice in popular fishing derby!
The Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby has been since 1984. The anglers who participate do so with a passion not just for hooking the big one but also for the love of the sport and being one with nature. In researching the story I found a quote from American writer William Tapply that sums up the experience. He states, “I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.” -Josh Clement (Mountain Lake PBS)