Lake Placid Activities in the Summer & Fall

Summer & Fall Activities

Summer and fall in the Adirondacks are a magical time filled with long sunny days of hiking and fishing as well as cozy evenings around our lakeside bonfire. Below you'll find a sampling of some of the most popular Lake Placid activities our guests enjoy during this time of year. Our knowledgeable concierge staff is also happy to offer activity recommendations and information about nearby attractions based on your unique interests.

Guide Services

Adirondack Guides are available for hire and are invaluable companions on wilderness adventures. Whether fishing, hiking, paddling or bird watching, a guide can ensure you have a safe and extraordinary experience.


Lake Placid is an unmatched destination for exploring, fishing or simply cruising, and the Lodge provides a variety of canoes, kayaks and electric boats for our guests to use. An attendant at the boat dock will help you get underway and provide any instruction, directions, bottled water and snacks you might need. In fine weather, every evening we host a boat tour on our 35' mahogany Hacker-Craft or the Lake Placid Lodge pontoon boat. Private champagne cruises are available for an additional cost. You are also welcome to bring your own boat; but please note that our dock space is limited. The Lake Placid Marina is nearby and can accommodate most launching needs.


Lake Placid has an abundance of bass, perch and lake trout and is renowned for some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the state. New York State requires a fishing license, and our staff will gladly help arrange one for you if needed.

Let us cook your catch!

A dinner doesn't get any fresher than this. Spend a day on the lake bringing in the night's bounty. For a fee of $35 per fish, the chef will prepare and cook your catch for dinner that evening, accompanied by a vegetable and a starch.


The Whiteface Club, which is adjacent to the Lodge, offers an excellent tennis program including eight hard surface and clay tennis courts. To reserve court time or arrange for private lessons and equipment rental, please see the concierge.


Guests interested in enjoying some Lake Placid golf during their stay will find several courses just minutes from our lakeside retreat. Located just half a mile from the Lodge, the Whiteface Club features a challenging 18-hole championship course. Tee times are available from 7:30am to dusk from mid-May through October. This beautiful, forest-edged course is open to the public, and Whiteface Club offers golf carts, pull carts and golf clubs as well as professional instruction.

The Lake Placid Club is located just three miles from the Lodge and offers 45 holes and spectacular views of the Adirondacks. They have two 18-hole courses as well as a 9-hole course. The first of the 18 holes is the Links course, which offers more open greens, while the Mountain course has narrower fairways.

The Saranac Inn Golf Course is located on Upper Saranac Lake, approximately 40 minutes from our Lake Placid hotel. The course is one of the oldest and most scenic in the North Woods.


There are thousands of miles of hiking trails throughout the pristine wilderness of the Adirondacks, ranging from gentle, level paths to precipitous, demanding ascents. The famed 125-mile Jackrabbit Trail passes right by the Lodge's front door. We will be happy to provide a trail map or arrange for a guided hike.

Mountain Biking

The Lodge has mountain bikes for guest use. There are 27 trails at Whiteface (serviced by gondola or shuttle) that are also appropriate for bike use. We are happy to provide a map so you can take to the woods on two wheels.

Horseback Riding

Emerald Springs Ranch in Saranac Lake offers trail rides throughout the year. Both English and Western mounts are available for riders of all abilities.

Rock Climbing

The granite faces of the ancient mountains are a dreamscape for avid climbers and have become a popular and respected climbing destination. Local guides provide instruction for ice and rock climbing trips throughout the year.

Whitewater Rafting

A ride down the scenic and challenging Hudson River offers the ultimate thrill. A local company has been running the rapids for years and presents a truly exhilarating and unforgettable journey. Most rafting is available from March to June, and the guides will provide transportation, wet suites, lunch, and rapids from Class 3 to Class 5. Please contact the concierge for more details.


Enjoy this traditional camping dessert around our warm and inviting bonfire at the edge of Lake Placid.
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