St. Regis Lakes are located in the northern part of New York's Adirondack
State Park. The chain consists of Upper Saint Regis, Spitfire, and
Lower Saint Regis Lakes, the latter being the home of Paul
Smiths College. All three lakes are populated by year-round residents,
though the community peaks during the summer months. The lakes' outlet
drains into the St. Regis River, and flows north into the St. Lawrence.
The land surrounding
Upper Saint Regis and Spitfire is primarily private land. There
are two points of public water access from the highway, and one
public canoe carry:
- Upper St. Regis
Landing (Route 30) - launching ramp and wash station
- Paul Smiths
College (Route 30 & 192)
Regis Canoe Area carry to Bog Pond (by water only)
Note that there
is no public water access off Route 30 between Upper St. Regis Landing
and Paul Smiths. All roads along this stretch of Route 30 are private
(no public access).
All three lakes are used by numerous watercraft,
including motorboats, outboards, guideboats, canoes, and sailboats.
So that all may continue to enjoy the lakes in safety, in addition to
the Navigation Laws of New York State, there are some local rules that
you will want to know about.
boats should be washed, and all water, plant material and fish removed
before launching in the St. Regis Lakes.
Destructive plants such as Eurasian
Milfoil can be transported by boat, and will quickly
ruin these lakes if allowed to get started. All residents and future
visitors will appreciate your cooperation. A steward from the Adirondack
Watershed Institute is usually at the Upper St Regis Landing and can
answer any questions you may have about the invasive species problem in
public dock and launching ramp at Upper St. Regis Landing is on the right
as you drive in by car, and on the left as you approach by water.
All other docks are for the use of members of the St. Regis Property Owners
On yacht racing days,
all motorboats and other non-participating craft are asked to
stay well clear of the course, and make
no wake. Races
are organized by the St. Regis Yacht Club and scheduled in August on Upper
St. Regis (usually starting at 3PM), and on Spitfire on Sunday afternoon,
and at other times as posted at Upper St. Regis Landing bulletin board.
By law, motorized vessels
must yield right of way to sailboats.
NY State law sets
a speed Limit of 5
100' of shore. Note that the channel between Upper St.
Regis and Spitfire is a marked NO WAKE ZONE.. So you must slow
to 5 mph when navigating this channel.
7.1.3 NO WAKE
"No wake" is defined as "The slowest possible speed required in
order to maintain steerage and headway." It is unlawful to create
dangerous wakes, and the boat operator is responsible for personal
injury or damage caused by his/her dangerous wakes.
In New York State,
vessel speed is generally limited to 5 mph when within 100 feet
- The shoreline,
- A dock, pier, raft,
- An anchored vessel.
7 of the NY State Boater Exam)
Human Powered Craft
Canoes, rowboats, kayaks,
guideboats, and other human powered boats are also asked to stay clear
of the race course during yacht races, and observe the privacy of land
owners. Note that all islands are privately owned, as is most of
the shoreline. There are no public camping or picnic areas on Upper
St. Regis or Spitfire Lakes. The closest are in the St. Regis Canoe Area,
which is accessable via the Bog Pond carry, .6 miles NW of Upper St. Regis
Landing. The carry is located in a bay between two private camps.
There is no dock at the carry.
of sailboats are raced on these lakes: Idem, M-20, O-Boat, K-6, and Sunfish.
Contact the Commodore of the St. Regis Yacht Club, Lake Clear, NY 12945
is Adirondack Airport (SLK), 10 miles from Upper St. Regis Landing