Outdoor Adventures on Sacandaga Lake

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Considering purchasing property near Sacandaga Lake? There’s a reason why Great Sacandaga Lake has been known by outdoor enthusiasts as one of the Adirondack Mountain’s best-kept secrets. Whether you’re a fisher, kayaker, hiker, or stargazer, there’s all kinds of outdoor recreation to enjoy when you live this close to the water. Here are some of our favorites:


Enjoy spending time out on the water? Boaters, canoers, and kayakers alike love exploring Sacandaga Lake’s miles of shoreline, rivers, inlets and coves. Created from the flooding areas of surrounding towns, Sacandaga Lake has a variety of terrains and underwater features to investigate. There’s a number of boat rental places to visit if you don’t happen to own your own, and marinas to park and store your boat during the off season if you do. A colored buoy system throughout the lake keeps you boating in safe areas with many restaurants and lodges to dock at to when you need a break from exploring!

Water sports

Feeling adventurous? Adrenaline junkies will love the number of water sports you can participate in on the lake. Wake boarding, waterskiing, tubing, and even paragliding is a favorite of the lake boating crowd while those with a more daring spirit can go whitewater rafting with the Sacandaga Outdoor Center on the Sacandaga river!


One of the largest lakes in the Adirondack Park, Sacandage Lake is home to some of the best fishing in Upstate New York! With a fishing stock maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, there’s sure to be a plentiful supply of pike, trout, bass, and even salmon to reel in! In the summertime you can fish by boat, along the shore, or wade in the shallows of the Sacandaga River—and the fishing season doesn’t stop there! Ice fishing is a perennial favorite of the Sacandaga Lake area. Drill a hole in the frozen lake and participate in one of the many seasonal ice fishing contests for a prize!


Is speed more your winter sport? When the snow starts falling, Sacandaga Lake locals love to bundle up and hit the trails! Snowmobile across the lake for backyard fun or explore the miles of tree-lined trails throughout the nearby Adirondack Mountains. You can even join one of the area’s many snowmobiling clubs to meet fellow snowboarding enthusiasts, attend group excursions, and participate in local races. With miles of maintained trails and daily trail condition reports, you’ll see why Sacandaga Lake area has become one of the snowmobiling capitals of the Northeast.

Skiing & Snowshoeing

There’s no better place to ski and snowshoe than Sacandaga Lake. Locals love cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondacks for its scenic views and aerobic activity. Enjoy the peaceful woodland experience of exploring the gorgeous trails of the nearby Adirondack forests with a variety of terrain to keep you engaged: work your way through flat patches, rolling hills, and steep grades while catching glimpses of local wildlife.


Lace up your hiking boots and take off! During the summer months, the skiing and snowshoe trails turn into a hiker’s paradise. With over 46 Adirondack high peaks to climb and countless trails, adventurous hikers never get bored. A local favorite is to hike to the waterfalls on the West Branch of the Sacandaga River. Start in the woods and follow the river to find two eddies, 5 magnificent waterfalls, a 200 foot gorge and an expansive ravine!


There’s nothing quite like looking up at a nighttime sky full of stars. Far from the city lights, Lake Sacandaga’s low light pollution gives residents a clear view of North Polar and Seasonal star constellations as well as seven planets! Whether you’re watching the stars by the campfire by naked eye or examining their details more closely by telescope, you’ll enjoy the beautiful night sky every nighttime when you live in the Adirondacks.

Interested in seeing what Great Scandaga Lake has to offer? We have a wide variety of available Great Sacandaga Lake houses & real estate for all budgets. Check out our Sacandaga Lake listings or call to speak to one of our real estate professionals at 518-762-9885!

Arlene M. Sitterly, Inc.