Middle Saranac Lake from Ampersand Mountain, Upper Saranac Lake, upper right, Weller Pond, center right A lean-to at a campsite on Weller Pond near Middle Saranac Lake. This tent platform was built by the John Atwood family on the northeast shore of Middle Saranac Lake near the present campsite #65. See red dot on map at left. Courtesy of Chris Gorgas.

Middle Saranac Lake, also called Round Lake, is the smallest of three connected lakes, part of the Saranac River, near the village of Saranac Lake. Two-thirds of its shoreline is state-owned.

With Upper Saranac Lake and Lower Saranac Lake, a 17-mile paddle with only one carry is possible. Weller Pond, made famous by Martha Reben's The Healing Woods, can be reached via an outlet of Hungry Bay on the north shore. The Saranac Lake Islands Public Campground provides 87 campsites on Middle and Lower Saranac Lake.

History

Prior to the development of railroads and the automobile, the Saranac Lakes formed part of an important transportation route in the Adirondacks; one could travel 140 miles across, from Old Forge to Lake Champlain, almost entirely on water.


New York Times, July 7, 1907

D. P. Kingsford of New York has built a new camp on Caper Point, Middle Saranac Lake, which is now ready for occupancy.

See also

Upper Saranac Lake

Lower Saranac Lake

Bartlett's Carry

Indian Carry

Sources:

• Jamieson, Paul and Morris, Donald, Adirondack Canoe Waters, North Flow, Lake George, NY: Adirondack Mountain Club, 1987. ISBN 0-935272-43-7.

External links

New York State DEC - Camping Information

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