The Adirondack Canoe Classic 90-Miler: Old Forge to Saranac Lake

The Adirondack Canoe Classic, also known as The 90-Mileris a three-day, 90-mile journey through the heart of the Adirondack Mountain Forest Preserve from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. 

The event starts in Old Forge, via the Moose River through the Fulton Chain Lakes, to Raquette Lake, then via the Raquette River to Forked Lake, Long Lake and finally via the Stony Creek Ponds and the Indian Carry to Upper Saranac Lake. 

Day One: 90-Miler, Adirondack Canoe Classic
The route then proceeds via Bartletts Carry to Middle Saranac Lake and Lower Saranac Lake, and finally, Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, the village. As extensive as this route appears, it is only the first leg of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which stretches all the way to Maine.

This annual fall event follows the same routes traveled by the region’s early settlers and guides. This chain of lakes, rivers and carries is known as the original “Highway of the Adirondacks.”  the 90-mIler is limited to the first 275 boats. 

Day One: 
All participants start at Old Forge Fourth Lake Pond and travel through various carries to complete Day One in the community of Blue Mountain Lake. 

Spectators: Prime viewing can be seen at the bridge outside of Racquette Lake, from Racquette Lake,as well from Blue Mountain Lake beach. 

Day Two:
All participants start in Long Lake and travel to complete Day Two at the Tupper Lake "Crusher."
Spectators: Prime viewing can be seen at the bridge entering into Tupper Lake 
Day 2: 90-Miler, Adirondack Canoe Classic
Day Three: All participants start at Fish Creek Campground and travel through Upper  Middle, and Lower Saranac Lakes to finish Day Three in the community of Saranac Lake. 
Spectators: Prime viewing can be seen from Fish Creek Campground, at the bridge near the Lower Saranac Boat Launch or from Lake Flower, 
Day 3: 90-Miler, Adirondack Canoe Classic

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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