• Why Visit
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Festivals, Shows & Performances
  • History

Why Visit ?

Indian Lake has it all! Enjoy four season family fun when visiting Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and Sabael. We are the place you’ll want to stop, shop, and play.

Don’t miss our annual events – Ice fishing derby, Winterfest, holiday parades and fireworks, Black Fly Challenge bike race, Kids Fishing Derby, 90 miler canoe race, Adirondack Mountain Antiques Show, The Great Adirondack Moose Festival, and the Country Christmas Tour.  Spring, summer, fall, and winter – activities for all ages in any season.

Indian Lake is home to 300 miles of hiking trails that will let you experience nature up close. Hike to hidden lakes and fire towers to catch a glimpse of a Whitetail Deer or the elusive Eagle. 

Pristine ponds and lakes lure fishermen, boaters, and kayakers to three major lakes – Indian, Abanakee, and Adirondack Lakes. 

The magnificent Hudson River will provide you a thrill of a lifetime as you navigate the Class III and IV rapids.

As the leaves turn, the surrounding mountains are basked in brilliant orange, red, and yellow foliage. Antiques, rustic furniture makers, and crafters line the streets. Moose spottings are celebrated.

Trade your flip flops in for snowshoes, skates, or ski boots and experience a variety of winter fun. Ski the moguls at Gore Mountain or Indian Lake’s own Ski Hill. Snowshoe or cross country ski to your favorite trail. Take in a hockey game or skate at the local skating rink.

And when you are done playing, enjoy fabulous meals and refreshing beverages at our restaurants, delis, bakeries, and taverns. Relax at our quaint cottages, cabins, B&Bs, motels, and inns. You can shop ‘til you drop at our country craft and antiques stores, art galleries, sporting goods, and unique hardware store.

Come and live the Adirondack Adventure. Leave the tension behind. Let us rejuvenate your spirit and have the time of your life. Indian Lake, New York, where your Adirondack adventure begins.

Start planning your trip today!  Visit http://www.adktrailmap.com/

Outdoor Recreation

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Winter : Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

If you enjoy summertime walks in the woods, you'll love cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Indian Lake, Hamilton County. Terrain hidden from view by summertime foliage is easily seen from a pair of skis or snowshoes, and can be readily studied using your topographical map. Wildlife tracks in the snow tell you who lives there, and what they're doing during the winter. Travel distances are "shortened" by virtue of downhill glides. Add to this the invigorating feeling you get with whole body exercise in a white, frosty atmosphere and you have a healthy activity that will have you craving for more places to ski.

Blue Mountain and Indian Lake can satisfy some of those cravings with an extensive trail system that affords a variety of cross country skis from the mountainous trips up Blue or Snowy Mountains. to the gentle slopes of the Northville-Lake Placid trail.

More cross country skiing and snowshoeing information.

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Winter : Snowmobiling

We're your connection to the best snowmobiling in the northeast!
Winter has arrived and whether you are seeking a short weekend getaway or a longer snowmobile adventure in the heart of the Adirondacks, the Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake area provides an excellent destination for a perfect snowmobile vacation. We're often referred to as a snowmobiling hub and for a good reason.

If variety interests you, then Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake won't let you down. The variety of terrain throughout the area offers a great ride for all types of riders. Here's where the adventure begins. You'll find it in the frosted vistas, the bluest of skies, trails that cut through dark forests, sunlight sparkling on deep snow and beaver ponds. Feel the wind in your face and rush of excitement as you reach new peaks, make your descent and discover pure enjoyment at every turn in this winter playground.

Trail permits are required in some towns but not in Indian Lake. All sleds must be registered. Check your travel route to be sure you have the requirements necessary. For up-to-the-minute information about the trail conditions and weather visit www.ilsnow.com

Local Snowmobile Club information :http://www.ilsnowarriors.com

Permits : http://oldforgeny.com/snow/permits.html

Registration : http://oldforgeny.com/snow/registration.html

Interactive Snowmobile Trail Maps: http://www.nysnowmobilewebmap.com/




Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Spring, Summer & Fall : Whitewater Rafting

Indian Lake is the Whitewater Rafting Capital of New York State. Several rafting companies are available to take you safely from Indian Lake to North River on the Indian and Hudson Rivers.

Running from the dam-controlled put-in site at Indian Lake to North River, this 17 mile gorge trip is one of the greatest single-day rafting trips in America. The trip starts on the Indian River, which drops 150 vertical feet in 3.5 miles before reaching the confluence of the Hudson River. Many cascading streamswaterfall from Huntley Pond, adds its Brook Trout stream to the Hudson. The next 10 miles on the Hudson offer numerous Class III-IV rapids with calm pools in between the rapids. Blue Ledge Rapid, The Narrows, Osprey Nest, Mile Long Rapid, OK Slip Rapid, The Gunsights, Kettle Mountain andl Harris Rift are the common names used by the guides to refer to the different parts of the river. The 17 mile wild water trip drops approximately 650 vertical feet and passes through one of the heart of the Adirondack Park.

Vist our Indian Lake Chamber Member rafting companies at






Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Spring, Summer & Fall : Hiking

The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce has printed a Trail Map of the Hiking trails in our region. You can get a copy of it at the Welcome Center in downtown Indian Lake.

Click here for descriptions of recommended local hikes.

Here is an excellent on-line resource to plan your next hike: http://www.adktrailmap.com/

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Summer : Boating & Fishing

There are numerous rivers, streams and lakes in Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and Sabael:
Cedar River , Indian River , Hudson River , Big Brook , Adirondack Lake , Abanakee Lake , Indian Lake , and Blue Mountain Lake , and Raquette Lake. There are numerous marinas and boat launches where boats may be rented. Boat access sites are available for canoe and kayak put-ins as well. The lakes are surrounded with verdant mountainsides and you will find trout, bass, pike, pickerel, perch and pan fish of many varieties. Lake trout can be caught in Indian Lake. Rivers and streams are stocked with Brown Trout and some native Brook Trout can be found in streams.

Fishing licenense are available M-F at Town Hall in Indian Lake.

You may also purchase license online at aca.dec.accela.com/dec


Additional details regarding boating and fishing can be found at:

Spring, Summer & Fall : Golfing

Indian Lake has one nine hole golf course in operation. Nestled in the Beautiful Adirondack Park is the perfect place where golf and nature meet. The relaxing, yet challenging course is surrounded by majestic mountains, rushing brooks, rivers and lakes.
Greens fees are moderate; a restaurant, motel and pro shop are also available.

Cedar River Golf Course

Wakely Lodge Golf Course will be closed in 2011.

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Spring, Summer & Fall : Biking

Did you know there are more than 64 mountain biking trails in the Adirondacks -- including 19 in the Indian Lake Area? Not to mention the thousands of miles of scenic highways to bike along. Biking in the Adirondacks is becoming more popular every year.  You can start the year off by participating in the annual Black Fly Challenge.  This legendary annual race is the second Saturday in June and trades starting points between Inlet and Indian Lake.  More than 300 riders navigate 40 miles of rugged terrain passing through the Moose River Plains.


If you are out for a leisurely ride, there are many side roads throughout Indian Lake to provide you with hours of riding and sightseeing.


To see race results for the Black Fly Challenge visit: http://www.blackflychallenge.com


For more biking information click here:  http://www.visitadirondacks.com/what-to-do/recreation/bicycling.html


Photo Credit: Mark Laske



For a map of the Adirondacks with biking trails click here: http://www.bikeadk.adirondackcraft.com/data/trails.html


Also: http://www.bikethebyways.org



Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Fall : Hunting and Fall Foliage

Hunting: The hills and woods in Indian Lake abound with game. There are abundant turkeys, grouse, quail and other small game. An experienced woodsman knowledgeable about the habits of the game will find them. There are numerous black bear in our woods. You may be rewarded and see a moose during your time in the woods.

Hunting information in Hamilton County and surrounding areas: http://www.adirondackexperience.com/outdoor-recreation/hunting.html

Hunting Licenses are required. http://www.adirondackexperience.com/outdoor-recreation/hunting/hunting-license.html.

Hunting Licenses are available at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall.

Fall in the Adirondacks:  There is nothing as spectacular as the vibrant oranges, reds, and yellow mountains. Many visitors consider "leaf peaking"  or "leaf peeping" as an annual pilgramage.  Indian Lake is the perfect destination to take in the colors by car, by boat or on foot.

Festivals, Shows & Performances

The 8th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival 
Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017 Indian Lake

The 8th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) will be held in Indian Lake, September 23 and 24, 2017 and is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. The Moose Festival features programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided tours and hikes and shopping. The half-ton Moose is making a come-back in the Adirondacks, one might spot a moose during the weekend!

Call 518-648-5112 or email: indianlakechamber@frontiernet.net for more details



History & Culture

Our 1,400 - plus inhabitants represent the largest town in Hamilton County. The entire county is within the borders of the Adirondack State Park, and for the last one hundred years a changing Park has meant a changed Town.

For years the area was by-passed, as settlers found more fertile farm land or more convenient sites for communities elsewhere. And transportation routes, such as the Erie Canal and many of the new railroads, followed and perpetuated this growth along their way. As grain and other goods flowed east, finished products and supplies made the return trip profitable.

The central Adirondacks were populated through a classic case of supply and demand. Glens Falls, situated on the Hudson River, southeast of the mountains, was in the early part of the nineteenth century running out of available forest for its sawmills. Then, in 1813, Alanson and Norman Fox, in a " revolutionary development in logging," started sending logs to Glens Falls, using the Schroon and Hudson Rivers. (Hochschild)

Suddenly, anyplace with access to the Hudson took on new value. As demand for lumber grew, it became profitable to dam up rivers and lakes and use them to move the logs to market. Lumber companies sent men into the woods to advise them on where to cut next. One of these men had relatives in Vermont who were looking for a new place to make a home. 

Sabael Benedict, an Abenaki Indian, was thought to have been born along the Penobscot River, in Maine. He may have been looking for an alternative to the decade of fighting known as the French and Indian War. At any rate, he ended up in the land the French called " The Dismal Wilderness." (Heller 20)  Sabael left his mark on a town, and did more when he (or possibly his son, Elijah) guided David Henderson and party to Iron Mountain, near present-day Newcomb. The iron found there eventually reached a production level of fourteen tons a day. And the Adirondack Iron and Steel Company's New Jersey plant was the first in America to make steel. (Wessels)

One thing is for sure; Indian Lake's first permanent settler lived a long life. Legend has it that he was twelve years old when he witnessed the Battle of Quebec in 1759. The British force, led by Major General James Wolfe, defeated the French, who were led by the Marquis de Montcalm. Sabael's father was most likely one Captain Benedict, who hunted for Wofe's army. (Day 77)

Around 1762, Sabael was living on the shore of a small lake in the Adirondack Mountains, an area that would come to be known as Sabael, and a lake that would be called Indian Lake. The picturesque stream where they lived, and where Sabael's wife(who bore him four children)died, was later called Squaw Brook. After burying her near the banks of this brook, Sabael moved to a spot across the lake. He was living there when the Porters and Lockes arrived from Vermont, and probably when the Rists journeyed up from North River.

For more information about the history of Indian Lake and the families who settled here, visit The Town of Indian Lake Museum.