St. Regis Canoe Outfitters has published two new waterproof maps for paddlers, one covering the three Saranac Lakes, the other covering the St. Regis Canoe Area.
The color maps cover some of the same territory as the Adirondack Paddler’s Map, also published by St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, but the new maps are more detailed and, being smaller, easier to handle.
They’re also less expensive: $9.95 versus $19.95 for the Adirondack Paddler’s Map (which is four times as large).
“Many first-time visitors are going to grab a $10 map before they grab a $20 map,” said Dave Cilley, owner of St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, which has stores in Saranac Lake and Floodwood.
The two maps were released a few weeks ago. They are not the first small maps published by Cilley. A few years ago he came out with the Adirondack Paddler’s Map South, which covers the Fulton Chain of Lakes, Big Moose Lake, Stillwater Reservoir, Raquette Lake, Forked Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and Marion River.
The St. Regis Canoe Area map covers, on one side, the entire St. Regis Canoe Area as well as Lake Clear and the St. Regis Lakes. On the flip side are Upper Saranac Lake and the Fish Creek Ponds area.
The Saranac Lakes map shows Middle Saranac Lake, Lower Saranac Lake, Oseetah Lake, Kiwassa Lake, and Lake Flower on one side. The flip side is identical to the flip side of its companion map.
They are part of what Cilley is calling his “Close-Up Series” of maps. He said he will be publishing similar maps for other paddling destinations, but he hasn’t decided what to map next.
The topographical maps offer a wealth of information, including campsites, lean-tos, put-ins, carry trails, hiking trails, islands, marshes, brooks, peaks, roads, and communities. Different shades of green differentiate Forest Preserve classified Wilderness from that classified Wild Forest. Private land is shown in white.
One difference between the Adirondack Paddler’s Map and the new maps is that the new ones give the length (in meters) of carry trails.
Cilley said the Close-Up Series is not intended to replace the popular Adirondack Paddler’s Map, of which he has sold more than 20,000 copies. In fact, he just published the seventh edition, which is now called Adirondack Paddler’s Map North.
“People are still buying that map. That’s the bible,” Cilley remarked.