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New York whitewater, Saranac River

Clinton county, Union Falls to Silver Lake Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4 miles
  The Union Falls to Silver Lake Road stretch of Saranac River in Clinton County is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of New York and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whether you're
    whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. When you're paddling down a Adirondack Mountains river like this one you
always get great scenery along the way too. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. The put-in is not too far from Plattsburgh, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New York is often tougher than elsewhere, so don't forget that a large number of  
rivers in this state are not easy. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Union Falls to Silver Lake Road section is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
A day on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain is just what you need; going for a hike along the Schwartz Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. Man, is there a heap of exciting things to do in the Adirondack Mountains. At Saranac River you always meet someone from Saranac, and you can have a great hiking adventure along the Silver Lake Mountain Trail. Coming to this river is always a good idea.

Saranac River, Union Falls to Silver Lake Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Saranac River.
 Whitewater Near Saranac River:
Saranac River, Clinton County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (Silver Lake Road to Redford)
Saranac River, Clinton County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 11 miles long (Wilmington to Ausable Forks)
Little Black Brook, Clinton/ Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 17 TO West Branch Ausable River)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (High Falls Gorge to Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (High Falls Gorge)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Monument on Route 86 to High Falls)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Keene to Upper Jay)
Saranac River - North Branch, Franklin/ Clinton County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10.5 miles long (Mud Pond to Cold Brook)
 Ski Areas Near Saranac River:
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 9 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 19 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 27 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 43 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 52 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
West Mountain, New York , 62 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 63 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 69 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Mont Saint Sauveur, Quebec , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 71 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
 Marinas Near Saranac River:
Swiss Boat Rentals, Saranac Lake , 19 miles away
Crescent Bay, Saranac Lake , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Saranac River:
Lake House At Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
ZZ-Town And Country Motor Inn, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
The Lake Placid Summit Hotel, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
The Haus Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saranac River:
Douglas Corp Of Silver Lake, Au Sable Forks, 2 miles away
Taylor Pond Camp Ground, Wilmington, 5 miles away
North Pole Campground, Wilmington, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Saranac River:
Silver Lake Mountain Trail, Clinton , 3 miles away
Schwartz Trail, Essex , 6 miles away
Whiteface Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 7 miles away
Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 7 miles away
Cascade Mountain-Route 73 - Cascade Lakes, Essex , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saranac River:
Macomb Reservation State Park, New York , 20 miles away
Cumberland Bay State Park, New York , 34 miles away
Point Au Roche State Park, New York , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saranac River:
Whiteface Golf Club, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
Craigwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Placid , 14 miles away
Indole Golf Course, Au Sable Forks , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Saranac River
Franklin Falls Pond, Franklin , 7 miles away
Copperas Pond, Essex , 10 miles away
Lake Placid, Essex , 13 miles away

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