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Navigate Tupper Like A Local


Traveling like a local...

I don't know about you, but I know that when I'm traveling, I don't want to feel like a "tourist." I want to experience things like a local -- dine where the locals dine, discover those top-secret local swimming holes, and shop those funky off-the-beaten-path shops and stores. Then, I want to end my day by pulling up a stool next to the locals at the well patronized favorite watering hole.

When it comes to asking for directions -- that is a time when I'm not afraid to feel a bit like a traveler. After all, if you don't ask, then how else would you expect to find all of those great insider secrets??

When I'm home, I love listening to people give directions and/or talking about places -- mainly because I get a kick out of the different ways in which locals refer to our locations and landmarks. No sign will ever help you to:

  • "Take the back road down to Junction, hook a right and then the fourth left and you will find Coney Beach" or

  • "Follow the Four Mile Square, then take a right -- just before you get to the Y you will see the sign for The Crusher on your right."

Ya lost yet? No worries, because I'm breaking down all of this for you...

Navigating Tupper:

A Glossary of Terms

Listed in alphabetical order. This is by no means an all-encompassing list - just a starting point with the most generally used and/or misused terms. 

Crazy, busy and even a bit confusing? You bet! Please note - the boundary lines are only approximations designed to show the general location that locals are referring to.

Coney Beach 

Translation: Little Wolf Beach

Origin of the Term: While Little Wolf Beach has never technically had the official name of "Coney Beach," in 1921 a trio of entrepreneurs did build the Coney Beach Pavilion. The 112-foot Pavilion featured an 11-room hotel, kitchen, spacious dining room, a large dance area, 28 bathhouses, a long boardwalk, and wide porch extending the length of the building. Unfortunately, a little over a month after they celebrated the grand opening, the building was lost to a massive fire. While the Coney Beach Pavilion was short lived, the name was not. Today many locals still refer to Little Wolf Beach as "Coney Beach." 


Translation: Downtown or The Main Street Business District

This one doesn't seem like it should be confusing and to locals it isn't. However, travelers often believe they are downtown when they are in the Park Street Business District -- because, after all, it does sort of feel like "Downtown."  The catch is, Tupper Lake really has two downtowns, but if locals direct you to "Downtown," they are most likely referring to the Main Street Business District. (See: Faust, Main Street, The Junction, Uptown).


Translation: Downtown area

"The New Catholic Church - Faust, NY" Photo courtesy of Town Historian, Jon Kopp

Once upon a time, there were two villages, one was named Faust and the other Tupper Lake. Those two villages met, courted, and in the 1940s united to become one. Today, Faust, NY is no longer recognized as a separate village -- except for to locals. Faust started where Main Street and Demars Boulevard meet and extended west towards the Holy Name Cemetery. (See: Downtown)

Interesting Fact: The name Faust came about when the wife of the first postmaster was asked to choose a name for the Post Office. She chose the name of the title character of Goethe's play.


Translation: Park Street, Hosley Avenue, Stetson Road & Wawbeek Avenue. 

Locals refer to the large square made up by Park Street, Hosley Avenue, Stetson Road & Wawbeek Avenue as the Four-Mile-Square. It is a popular walking & jogging loop year round.

Question: How long is the 4-Mile-Square?

Answer: 3.15 miles. But the three-point-one-five-mile-square is much more of a mouth full, I guess. Then again, it really isn't a square either. 

Main Street

Translation: We really mean Main Street -- not Park Street.

Hopefully by now you know that Main Street is in Downtown, however many still refer to Park Street as Main Street. (See: Uptown)


When you head south along NYS Route 30 from the Village of Tupper Lake you will find Moody. It's general boundary is considered to be just before the causeway or what locals still sometimes refer to as Moody Bridge (referring to the old steel bridge that once stood there).  It was named after Martin Moody, an Adirondack Guide, storyteller and hotelier who owned & operated the hotel appropriately called Moody.  

Park Street

Translation: Not Main Street! 

(See: Main Street, Uptown).

Raymoe (or) Raymond Hill

As you approach Tupper Lake from Piercefield on NYS Route 3, you will come down a large hill that rewards you with views of Tupper Lake, Little Wolf Beach, and the High Peaks in the distance. This hill is referred to as Raymoe or Raymond Hill. Historical accounts lead to this hill being named after the farm land along and at the base of the hill. 

The Back Road

Translation: McLaughlin Avenue & Leboeuf Street

There are a lot of back roads, but when someone says take "the back road" they are most likely referring to the alternative of using McLaughlin & Lebouf Street to connect Downtown & Uptown.

The Bog

Translation: Bog River Falls

Bog River Falls last week - Not a good swimming day, but sure is beautiful.

Why we downplay such a beautiful location is besides me... well, maybe it is simply to keep it our hidden secret. Bog River Falls, referred to locally as "The Bog" is a beautiful cascading waterfall at the southern tip of Big Tupper Lake. You can reach it by car via County Route 421.

The Crusher

Translation: Raquette River Boat Launch 

The Crusher may sound like a seemingly odd name for a boat launch on such a placid, meandering section of the Raquette River. Why is it called this? Well, reports indicate that it was named that as it is the location where the stone crusher was located while they were building the adjacent Byway.

The Junction

Translation: Downtown/Main Street Business District.

If someone sends you to "The Junction" they want you to head Downtown. It is referred to as The Junction as that is where the trains stopped. (See Downtown, Faust, Main Street).

The French Village

Translation: The extended area around the intersection of Wawbeek Avenue & Broad Street

The Waverly Hotel in "The French Village." Kathleen Bigrow Historic Photo

Named after the congregation of French Canadian settlers and business owners who laid roots in this section of town, The French Village featured hotels, bars, and stores owned by French-Canadians. Today, the French-Canadian heritage still lives strong in Tupper Lake. 

The Park

Translation: Tupper Lake Municipal Park

While the Tupper Lake Region boasts a number of beautiful parks, playgrounds, and picnic areas, if someone sends you to "The Park," you are being directed to the expansive Waterfront Park along Raquette Pond.

The Y

Translation: The Intersection of Routes 3 & 30 East of Tupper Lake.

At one time this really was a Y.


Translation: Park Street business district area.

So as we have covered that Park Street is not downtown, or the other downtown, so the question remains, what is it?  Locals most often refer to it as "Uptown." 

Interesting tidbit: A longstanding "local rivalry" once existed between the uptown and downtown school students. Uptown students referred to those from downtown as "Swamp Rats," while the downtown students called them "Mountain Goats."

Bonus: The Hunt for Lake Simond

This one I don't have answers for as it has puzzled me for some time. The body of water that is to your left as you pass through the causeway heading south into Moody is Simon Pond. However, the road that runs along the southern side of the lake is named Lake Simond Road. So where does the lake come in, or curiously the 'd'? Did someone naming roads just get lazy? Did someone decided that they prefer it be called a lake rather than a pond? Or is there a hidden lake that I'm completely missing out on?

Google Map Image of Lake Simond Road & Simon Pond.

If you have insight on this one, please let me know in the comments section below.

Come test your lingo...

With your glossary of terms now loaded in your phone, I'm confident that you're ready to translate our "local directions" into useful tips to help you discover the insider spots in and around Tupper Lake. Don't wait, start planning your trip today. First find lodging, then come spend a weekend connecting with your Tupper Lake lingo as you travel like a local. 

Got more Tupper Lake navigation lingo? Add it to the comments section below!

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Love it!

Michelle this was great! I love the article and the photos of our hometown. What a fun one to read....I recall downtown being called "Junction Rats" which is too funny. Great job!

this is perfect

love this article..................

Simon Pond

Lake Simon Pond Rd ends at a Private camp owned by the Read Family since 1906....Also Lake Simon Pond is Tupper Lake's Reservoir....

Simon Pond

Lake Simon/d is not a reservoir that Tupper Lake gets its water from. At one time there was a reservoir up behind the Veterinary clinic which was fed from Cranberry Pond which is up behind the golf course, but was discontinued years ago. The filter plant that is on Simon Pond Rd. is fed from a private lake on the Reed and Strange property which flows into the plant by a pipeline that runs about 2 miles through the woods. The other water supply is Big Tupper lake, and that is fed into the village from the filter plant on Moody Rd. I believe there is also a well site located somewhere in the Junction area now as well.

TL Lingo

The causeway connecting Uptown to Moody has been called The Flow/Floe, Moody Flow or Racquette Flow. So maybe The Flow would be a good thing to call it. Also Rte.3 Between uptown and the junction which is Demars Blvd. is just called The Boulevard. I remember a tourist asking Larry Sexton (TLPD) if there was any good shopping in town, he replied, "A lot of people like AhMez on the boulevard....the only person who ever made Ames sound upscale!!

The Flow

"The Flow" is definitely another good one - and what a beautiful spot! There are so many the list could keep flowing (sorry couldn't help myself). Thanks for sharing, Joe.

French Village

French Village is a lot larger than that intersection. It covers almost everything between Park/Broad and Wawbeek/Sunset. I believe on Chaney it goes as far as Vachereau

It is larger!

You are correct, the "French Village" is much larger that replicated on the map, however, there is no officially designated boundary line for the area. Many different historical and local accounts all point to different boundary lines. As a result I decided to focus on the heart of the different locations. Thanks for sharing, Jeremy. I love hearing all of the different interpretations of these locations.

Tupper Lingo

Yup! Definitely, a fun read.You nailed it... Great Job, Michelle!

I was a Junction Rat

Love this article. Those of us from the "Downtown" area were often called Junction Rats or Swamp Rats. And we were immensely proud of that label.

Tupper Lake map

Above, in this article, is a map of how to navigate Tupper Lake like a local.Do you sell those maps?I would love one.


Hi Anne, unfortunately the map was just a silly graphic that I threw together to illustrate to point -- but it might be a fun idea for a future project. Would need to be polished up quite a bit first.



"The Hill"

Many fond childhood memories of the vacant young forested land and "Hill" between Lindsay Ave and Sunset Ave, great for sledding and hours of summertime play. Every kid claimed to have a "camp", and there was a large rock garden--a site for partiers!

What a fun & well written

What a fun & well written article!! I even learned something i didnt know! Great read :)


Loved this article, it brought me back to my childhood. I have been gone 22 years now but Tupper is still home and am blessed to have grown up there with all the wonderful people. Precious memories!


Well I was confused when I visited from Toronto Ontario to see my Great gran fathers hometown, I would like to visit again.

Navigating Tupper

Hi Grant, sorry to hear you were a little confused navigating around Tupper the last time you were here. Hope this helps you out the next time you get the chance to visit. Happy travels. 

Lake Simond Road Pond

My understanding was verified by Commisioner Frenette over ales at RRB yesterday. Brewer Jack Lewis, raised on Lake Simond Road on Simon Pond brought your blog to our attention.
The body of water is officially, per the USGS or some bureaucracy like that, Simon Pond. In the early 50s or so, the camp owners and residents on Simon Pond thought it would improve their lot if it had a more important sounding name. They petitioned the Town [then] of Altamont to change the name to Lake Simond. The town only had the authority to change the name of the road but they did it admirably.

Thank you Mr. Collier & Commissioner Frenette

First off, if there is someone that could get to the bottom of this question and do so accurately, it would be Mr. Frenette. I had a feeling that the story had gone something like that. Thank you Bob, I owe you both a beer.

Lake Simond

Brother Bill's book Transitions..tells that in 1957 the Chamber of Commerce had the name officially changed to Lake Simond.


That is very interesting -- I've never heard of a Chamber of Commerce having the authority to change a street name. Thanks for sharing, Mr. Frenette.

Picture of the Waverly

So I was reading this to my mother, as she hasn't lived in Tupper Lake for years and I moved as a toddler. Imagine my bark of laughter when I scrolled down to the picture of the Waverly Hotel and saw the sign "Lynda the Go Go Girl", yeah that's my mom.

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