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:

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Experience Outdoors
4948 Cascade Road, Lake Placid
(518) 524-7944

In the summer, we zip line, in the winter, we explore! Let us help you plan your next great outdoor adventure this winter. Our licensed Adirondack Guides will take care of all your trip planning needs.

Upstate Guide Service
(315) 283-8871

UGS is a professional and licensed guide service that provides safe, enjoyable, and successful light tackle, fly fishing, and ice fishing adventures on the lakes and ponds within the Adirondack Park. All equipment is provided. Half-Day, Full Day, and...

Wiley's Flies
1179 NYS Route 86, Ray Brook
(518) 891-1829

Wiley's Flies is located in the heart of the Adirondacks in Ray Brook, NY right in the middle of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. We offer the most diversified trips in the Adirondacks by floating 11 different river systems for Trout, Bass, Northern...

Adirondac Rafting Company - Whitewater Adventures
6440 NY 30, Indian Lake
(518) 523-1635

BOOK NOW Adirondac Rafting Company invites you to run the wild and scenic Hudson River Gorge. The gorge run is a 16 mile, 4-5 hour adventure trip with plenty of whitewater fun. Adirondac Rafting Company provides highly skilled, licensed, and fun river...

High Peaks Mountain Guides
2739 Main Street, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3764

At High Peaks Mountain Guides, we have everything you need for your Adirondack adventures! We specialize in comprehensive outfitting, gear rentals, and trip planning for single and multi-day trips in the Adirondack State Park. We offer private...

History of the Adirondack Guide
Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

People from the cities came to the Adirondacks as early as 1820 to fish and hunt. Residents of the Adirondacks soon realized they were needed by the tourists for their knowledge of the woods, and living in the wild. Adirondack folks knew where to hunt...

Hungry Trout Fly Shop
5239 NYS Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2117

Hungry Trout Fly Shop is the Adirondacks' local SIMMS, Orvis, and Patagonia dealer. Recently voted "2014 Best Outfitter in the Adirondacks" by Adirondack Life magazine, the Hungry Trout Fly Shop is famous for its huge selection of quality flies...

Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters
541 Lake Flower Ave, Saranac Lake
(800) 491-0414
Fly Fish the Adirondacks
P O Box 1147, Lake Placid
(518) 637-2124
MACS Canoe Livery
5859 State Route 30, Lake Clear
(518) 891-1176
Nessmuk's Wilderness Guide Services
Wilmington
(218) 556-3809
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Stillwaters Guide Service
4974 Cascade Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2280