A traditional way to experience the area
The history of Adirondack guides
Since 1807, travelers from around the world have enlisted the services of the Adirondacks' accomplished woodsmen and women. Early visitors to the area were intimidated by the vast Adirondack wilderness and quickly learned that the local guides knew where to catch fish, hunt game, build boats and shelters, and survive in the backcountry of the Adirondack Mountains. After the Civil War, visitors flocked to the area wanting the comfort and convenience the local hotels that had begun appearing offered, while still experiencing the Adirondack wilderness lifestyle. The unique talents of these Adirondack guide services, coupled with their local celebrity, are credited for elevating the Adirondacks to an international level.
Adirondack guides today
The guide tradition continues today. The area's skilled and knowledgeable Adirondack wilderness guides will help you explore the mountains surrounding Lake Placid, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime and stories to tell for generations. In addition to bringing a wealth of knowledge about the backcountry and local folklore, Adirondack guides are licensed and certified in first aid, CPR, and water safety.
Adirondack guided trips are available throughout the seasons for a variety of outdoor activities:
- Hunting for deer, bear, coyote, and turkey
- Fly fishing for native Adirondack brook trout and other species
- Lake fishing for deep water fish such as lake trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon
- Camping including everything from backcountry expeditions to luxurious glamping
- Paddling on any number of the Adirondacks thousands of lakes and rivers
- Hiking one of the 46 High Peaks
- Hudson River whitewater rafting for groups, families, and friends
- Extreme sports such as rock climbing and ice climbing