The 2022 ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race takes place annually on the second Saturday of May in Saranac Lake — the unofficial kickoff event of the Adirondack paddling season. This year’s race will be held on Saturday, May 14th.
The race course begins at Ampersand Bay. Paddlers head west on Lower Saranac Lake to the mouth of the Saranac River across from Bluff Island. The course continues down river, with a short carry around the lower locks, then to Oseetah Lake and ending at Lake Flower. Race distance is approximately 10.5 miles. All racers must use the carry; a safety count team will be there taking boat numbers. The carry is a designated walk zone due to trail conditions.
The first heat will start at 11 am at the Ampersand Bay Resort, located at the foot of Ampersand Ave on Lower Saranac Lake. Parking will be limited.
Registration will be exclusively online. Participants will need to pick up their registration packets at the Saranac Lake Civic Center at 213, Ampersand Ave. Entry fee is $30 per person. Northern Forest Canoe Trail Members receive a 15% discount.
Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each class. Results will be posted to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail website immediately following the event.
Photo of Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race provided.