When paddling Mirror Lake you must realize that much of the shoreline is private or owned by local inns, storefronts and hotels. The water during most times is very calm but an occasional front can case small whitecaps. Mirror Lake is fed by an underground tributary of the Chub River, making the Lake look as though it had no real inlet or outlet.
At the northeast shore there is a NYDEC boat dock that is used as a carry to Lake Placid. This sliver of state/public land is roughly 100 yards in length and no more than 30 feet wide. If you use this portage please stay on designated trail. The carry will bring you to a crossing of Mirror Lake Drive to the Lake Placid boat launch and marina.
Size in length: Roughly 1.1 miles
How to get there: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Main Street Lake Placid. Take a right at the town hall onto Mirror Lake Drive. This is a great spot to park and launch, parking is prime real estate, parking also available on Park Ave, next to the Town Beach. Both launched are located at the south end of the lake.
Type of launch: Short carry of less than 100 Yards
Type of water: Flat with mostly calm conditions. Electric motors are allowed, no gas powered motors