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Old 05-04-2016, 08:23 PM   #1
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Boat access campsites - Saranac Lake Islands

Someone asked me about the Saranac Islands campsites, so I'm looking for info - there used to be a website that described Adirondack campsites, including photos of each one; I can't find that site. Does anyone have that link?

The main question is: In order to not damage a powerboat when accessing the Saranac Island sites, which ones have a beach or otherwise aren't likely to scratch up the bottom of a boat? Personally, I use my canoe and can access most any site without much trouble.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:48 PM   #2
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Is this the site you're thinking of? http://www.campadk.com/campsitephotos.php

I love that site and it does cover a lot of the State and DEC campgrounds. Unfortunately, the Saranac Islands are not one of the campgrounds included on the site
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:04 AM   #3
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Thanks, that might be it. I did find that site before I posted here, but thought it covered all the Adirondack state campgrounds. Much appreciated.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:42 AM   #4
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A friend & I have a site reserved on Lower Saranac in early June, and we'll be sure to explore around a bit while fishing all weekend and report back.
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Old 05-07-2016, 03:42 PM   #5
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Sort of a no brainer, but the bow person has the job to assess the shoreline when approaching an unfamiliar shore.
Maybe I'm missing something?????
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:41 PM   #6
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Sounds like your friend has an inboard or a big outboard...... I've never had one, but I go fishing and camping with someone who does and never beaches his boat.

I'd recommend that instead of looking for acceptable campsites to beach the boat, your friend should plan on anchoring offshore..... even if it means a stern anchor in deep water and swimming into shore with a bow line to pull the boat in and unload before shorting-up the stern line. Doing something like that will require two people .......... Usually you can simply anchor in a few feet of water and carry things to shore....... like I used to do as a kid when moored on the Mississippi.

All you need is a couple of anchors suitable for the bottom structure, enough line to reach shore and water shoes to prevent stepping on broken glass, fish hooks, etc.

If he's prepared to do that, then he won't be limited to specific campsites....... and, just because it's offshore doesn't mean you can have food in the boat.

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Old 05-09-2016, 10:38 AM   #7
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Good advice, thanks. I think he reads this forum and appreciates the responses.
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:51 PM   #8
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Along the western shore of Lower Saranac, below boot bay, and shingle bay mountains are a couple of Sandy beach sites. I am not sure of the site numbers. Middle Saranac has some good sites as well
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:26 PM   #9
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Straight into Pope Bay there is a site with a beach.
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Thanks for the info. I have a site at the campground up the road. Meadowbrook. I will fish and keep my eyes open to see what the sites look like. Something tells me I will be coming back. Any suggestions for Northern? I hear pope bay. I'll be up Monday the 28th.
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