Star Lake, Cranberry Lake and Wanakena, NY
In the southeastern corner of St. Lawrence County, the Adirondack communities of Star Lake, Wanakena, and Cranberry Lake offer visitors some of the remote wilds of the Adirondack Park.
This is a great area to explore, to fish, to boat, canoe, hike, camp, and enjoy the great outdoors. The region is referred to as the Five Ponds Wilderness Area of the Adirondacks. The Cranberry Lake 50 was recently completed, which is 50 miles of hiking trails around Cranberry Lake, one of the largest “man-made” lakes in the Adirondacks. While you can consider the entire 50 as a pleasant adventure, various entry points tempt the visitor to make extended side trips. Or you may prefer to check out the lake from the waterside and paddle more than 60 miles of shoreline. The Cranberry Lake Boat Club offers information as well as social activities for its members and visitors.
As a base for a great adventure, the Packbasket Adventure Lodge offers an authentic Adirondack style, as well as a comfortable cozy place to stay. The owners provide gourmet meals right in the lodge dining room. Your hosts Rick Kovacs and Angela Oliver also offer seasonal adventures: learning to fly fish, waterfall weekends, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing. Rick is a licensed guide and can customize a trip to your dream outing. Or if you prefer, bring a book and spend the day on the porch with the Adirondack breezes.
And just a few miles down the road, the Windfall Bar and Grill offers chef-made specialties throughout the year, with features based on seasonal, locally grown products, from fiddlehead ferns in the spring to cranberry delicacies in the fall. The Windfall also has rooms for overnight guests.
In Star Lake, the Twin Lakes Hotel offers a lounge and diner open seven days a week if travelers are looking for a hearty Adirondack lunch or dinner, or a place to wind down after day on the trails or water.
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