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Saranac Lake in Franklin County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Making History in Saranac Lake

Where's the Gate

 
 
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By Robert Rusaw, August 3, 2021
1. Making History in Saranac Lake Marker
Inscription.  
The Adirondack Park has no gate. There is no forest ranger who opens and closes the entrance each day. Instead, an imaginary blue line surrounds a vast wilderness of old-growth forest and primeval wetlands. It is the largest protect area in the lower 48 states - roughly the size of Massachusetts. Unlike most state and federal parks, however, this park is a patchwork of public and private land, home to more than 135,000 residents.

Saranac Lake Wild Forest
The 68,000-acre Saranac Wild Forest is home to a network of streams, ponds and lakes enjoyed by day-users and long-distance travelers. Many New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) campgrounds and waterway access sites have launches for canoes, car-top boats and motorized craft.

Safe Boating
State law requires a lifejacket for each person in your boat. Never drink and operate a boat. And, of course, have a good time!

So, is this Saranac Lake?
The lake in front of you is Lake Flower, an impounded section of the Saranac River which flows northeast into Lake Champlain. Early settler Captain Pliny Miller damned the river for a
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sawmill pond in 1827. The lake is now named for Governor Roswell P. Flowers, who granted state funds to clear it of stumps. Over the next century the shoreline was heavily developed with eateries, gas stations, hotels and the local swimming beach. The transition to an improved highway bordered by a park came in time for the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Department of Environmental Conservation oversees the boat launch.

On the Level
The lock system operated by DEC provides seasonal boat access to Lower and Middle Saranac Lakes.

Wanted-The Invaders
Aquatic invasive species overwhelm native plants and animals, disrupting the park's natural ecology. Plants like Eurasian milfoil multiply rapidly, choking waterways while depriving them of sunlight and oxygen. Those striking stands of purple loosetrife flanking waterways are a danger in disguise; they smother surrounding vegetation, destroying plant diversity. These changes also affect the commercial, agricultural, aquacultural and recreational activities dependent upon waterways.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
 
Location. 44° 19.419′ N, 74° 7.569′ W. Marker is in
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Saranac Lake, New York, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of River Street (New York State Route 86) and Shepard Avenue, on the right when traveling east on River Street. Located at the Lake Flower Boat Launch. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saranac Lake NY 12983, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilderness Lady (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Saranac Lake WW I Memorial (about 500 feet away); Trudeau Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hotel Saranac (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Making History in Saranac Lake (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Making History in Saranac Lake (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Making History in Saranac Lake (approx. half a mile away); The Union Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saranac Lake.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2021, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on August 4, 2021, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
 
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Nov. 29, 2021