An awesome year-round recreation destination

In every season of the year, the wild lands surrounding Tupper Lake and Piercefield are a vast playground for outdoor recreation. With endless possibilities for adventurous fun, there's something for everyone to discover and enjoy! 

  • In warmer weather, the area rivers, lakes, and ponds are a play area for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, swimming, and more. Explore the waters of the area by challenging yourself to complete the Tupper Lake Paddling Triad or make it a perfect Adirondack summer day by spending some time enjoying the refreshing water at Little Wolf Beach.

  • Autumn turns the mountains into a landscape of vibrant hues, making this the ideal time to hike and mountain bike the trails, paddle the wooded banks of the Raquette River, and enjoy 18 holes at the Tupper Lake Golf Club. Grab your fleece and enjoy the scenery!

  • Cold weather open up new possibilities for fun in the woods and (frozen) lakes in and around the village. Snowmobile trails radiate out for hundreds of miles from Tupper Lake, making remote rides or visits to neighboring villages a breeze. The town's golf course gets transformed into a cross-country ski center in the winter, complete with lessons and grooming, and the waters of Simon Pond and Raquette Pond offer thick ice good for ice fishing.

Safety first

To be sure you have the safest and most enjoyable winter experience in the Adirondacks, you'll want to take measures to properly plan and prepare for your trip. Help keep yourself, others, and our natural resources safe!



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The Love Your Adirondacks Pledge

By taking the Love Your Adirondacks Pledge and practicing Leave No Trace ethics you can help ensure that the forests, waterways, and communities of the Adirondacks remain beautiful and unique for generations to come.

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Leave No Trace 7 Principles

The Adirondack Park provides a haven of pristine wilderness in New York state’s northernmost reaches. It also offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities for explorers of all ages and experience levels! While you enjoy your visit, please keep the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace in mind. Set forth by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and championed by many partners within the Adirondack Park, these principles will not only improve your own nature experience, but they help preserve this unparalleled natural wonder for generations to come.

Know before you go
Be prepared! Remember food, water, and clothes to protect you from cold, heat, and rain.        
Use maps to plan where you’re going. Check them along the way so you’ll stay on course and avoid getting lost. Learn about the areas you plan to visit.
Stick to trails and camp overnight right
Walk and ride on designated trails to protect trailside plants. Camp only on existing or designated campsites to avoid damaging vegetation.
Trash your trash and pick up poop
Pack it in, pack it out. Put litter—even crumbs, peels and cores—in garbage bags and carry it home. Use bathrooms or outhouses when available. If they're not available, bury human waste in a small hole 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet or 70 big steps from water and the trail.
Leave it as you find it
Leave plants, rocks, and historical items as you find them so others can enjoy them. Treat living plants with respect. Carving, hacking, or peeling plants may kill them.
Be careful with fire
Use a camp stove for cooking. Stoves are easier to cook on and create less impact than a fire. If you want to have a campfire, be sure it’s permitted and safe to build a fire in the area you’re visiting. Use only existing fire rings to protect the ground from heat. Keep your fire small.
Keep wildlife wild
Observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed or follow them. Human food is unhealthy for all wildlife and feeding them starts bad habits. Protect wildlife and your food by securely storing your meals and trash.
Share our trails and manage your pet
Be considerate when passing others on the trail. Keep your pet under control to protect it, other visitors, and wildlife. Be sure the fun you have outdoors does not bother anyone else. Remember, other visitors are there to enjoy the outdoors too.

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Warming up After Winter Adventures

Even better than all the amazing outdoor adventures in Tupper Lake are the relaxed, cozy places in town to warm up after you're done playing in the fresh snow!

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Spring into Paddling Season

It's time to get excited about the spring paddling season in Tupper Lake!

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Coreys Road Recreation Guide

Coreys Road, between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, provides extraordinary access to all of the types of recreation that make the Adirondacks special. Learn about the trail systems, paddling routes, and campsites accessible via Coreys Road!

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Top 10 Ways to Make Your Day at the Wild Center Even Cooler

Check out these 10 other activities after you've gotten through the fun, educational exhibits at the Wild Center.