Lake Colby Beach



Lake Colby Beach, also known as William Wallace Park, is a community staple that has seen more than 40 years of public use. Located just north of downtown on Route 86, this scenic spot is a haven for beachgoers in the summer and a magnet for ice fishing in winter. Be sure to linger in the evening — the sunsets here are stunning.


Monday-Sunday 11am-6pm



  • Sandy beach
  • Lifeguards
  • Changing rooms
  • Volleyball net
  • Picnic area
  • Off-street parking


Trails run through us

kayak and canoe in a river

Our shorter trails are great for day hikes, but Saranac Lake is also intersected by a couple of longer routes:

Northern Forest Canoe Trail: 740-mile water route from Old Forge, NY to Fort Kent, ME. NFCT now has an information hub in downtown Saranac Lake located at 84 Main St.

Jackrabbit Ski Trail: 34-mile ski trail from Keene to Paul Smiths.

Saranac Lake Recreation

Check out our interactive Recreation Map to view boat launches, canoe access sites, trailheads, bicycle access, and scenic walkways around Saranac Lake.

Walk Friendly Community Silver Award

walk friendly communities logo

Saranac Lake is designated as a Silver-Level community due to the impressive levels of walking and excellent planning efforts. Saranac Lake is a very walkable community and most errands can be accomplished on foot. A walk through the Village provides beautiful lake and river views, historic architecture, parks for refuge and recreation, and many dining and shopping possibilities. Learn more.

Saranac Lake Walk of Fame

walk of fame plaque

The Walk of Fame recognizes residents or former residents who have distinguished themselves positively, on a national or international level in the arts, sciences, entertainment, sports, commerce, philanthropy or government, bringing honor to themselves and, by their residency in Saranac Lake, to our community.

Out to launch

people canoeing

Our waterways can get you from downtown to the great outdoors in no time! Launch from any of these locations and you’ll be soaking up mountain views in minutes:

  • Baldwin Park Cartop Launch, Lake Flower
  • Lake Colby Boat Launch
  • Riverwalk Kayak Launch, Saranac River
  • Ampersand Bay Boat Launch, Lower Saranac Lake
  • Lake Flower Boat Launch

Parks within the Park

Lovely and local — a taste of the Adirondack Park, right in town. Since 1910, the Village Improvement Society has owned and maintained seven local parks and beautified the Village with flower plantings. These parks offer a relaxing refuge and plenty of scenic views.

  • Beaver Park
  • Denny Park
  • Dorsey Park
  • Sunset Arboretum
  • Triangle Park & Herb Garden
  • Vest Pocket Park