A sailboat on Upper Saranac Lake as seen from a drone. Photo credit: SAIL Adirondacks.

SAIL Adirondacks

SAIL Adirondacks (SAILADKS) offers the region's only full-time crewed sailing experience on Upper and Lower Saranac Lake.

Captain Barry Brogan, who has over 50 years of sailing experience and is a US Coast Guard and New York State-credentialed charter boat captain, is your host aboard their classic day-cruiser O'Day 23 sailboat.

Their O’Day 23 is a relatively small boat that accommodates up to 4 passengers plus crew. Guests often help with the sailing and get to know the crew as they share their excitement and enthusiasm for sailing on the beautiful Saranacs.

On Lower Saranac Lake (May and June), they depart from the Saranac Lake Marina. On Upper Saranac Lake, they use the dock at the end of Old Dock Road/Indian Carry Fishing Access as their pick-up site.  They use a small zodiac inflatable to ferry passengers to the boat from the dock with a 2-foot step up to the boat from the dinghy.  All of their charters are private with only your guests on board.


Sightseeing Cruises

A two-hour sightseeing cruise. Historical narration regarding the lakes and communities is available.

Learn to Sail Experiences

For guests wishing to do more than sightseeing, they offer a number of Learn to Sail experiences, ranging from a 3-hour Introduction to Sailing to a 9-hour pre-certification prep course delivered over three days, complete with a textbook and lots of hands-on experience.

Sundowner Charter

Another popular charter is their two-hour sunset sail, which departs about 1.5 hours before sunset. This is an excellent cruise for those who want to bring a beverage of choice and some delicious nourishment to enjoy while GIBRO 95 gently sails among the islands and great camps of the Saranac Lakes.

What Else to Know

While they do not provide food or alcohol, SAIL Adirondacks guests are welcome to bring the beverage of their choice, a picnic meal, snacks, and hors d’oeuvres. The Lake Clear Lodge has a full catering and package license, so if you’re interested in bringing food or beverages for your sailing experience, we can arrange snacks, picnic meals, and more; please inquire with a 48-hour notice.

The SAIL Adirondacks crew will provide a cooler, ice, bottled water, light snacks, and a perfect location on the lake to enjoy food, beverages, and stunning views of the Adirondacks.

Reservations are required. Please visit their website to learn more and contact them.

Activity Details

Please note that, while we do our best, information about area attractions may not be up to date. Always verify information and hours before visiting.

St. Regis Wilderness Area
10 miles