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Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways
“Spectacular scenery unlike any
other in the Northeast.”

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Cranberry Lake

Olympic Byway, State Rt. 3, in St. Lawrence County

Hamlet of Cranberry Lake, overlooking the lake and near the Wanakena Ranger School, Oswegatchie River and the Grasse River.

In the past, lumbering was the core of the economic vitality of Cranberry Lake. Today, the small village is becoming recognized by nature lovers as the northern gateway into one of the most unspoiled regions in the Northeast, the Adirondack Park's the Ponds Wilderness Area. It is Gentle hills, dozens of lakes and ponds, and vast tracts of forest. This is one of the few locations in the northeastern United States where you will see stands of virgin timber.

If you are seeking a place of great peacefulness and solitude, the time you spend on this beautiful lake by canoe or kayak will be a true voyage back in time. This third largest lake in the Adirondack Park has miles of lovely natural shoreline, most of it protected as State land. If you're a fishermen, hunter, hiker, cross country skier, snowshoer or snowmobiler, you'll love being able to travel for miles without a sign of civilization.

Cranberry Lake Campground features an accessible picnic area, rest rooms, shower house, accessible tent and RV campsites and an accessible fishing pier.

The 170-mile Olympic Scenic Byway route starts near Lake Champlain at the village of Keeseville in the east, moves through the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and ends near Lake Ontario at Sackets Harbor in the west. As you travel this byway, you’ll experience some of New York State’s most historic and scenic waterways. In the towns, villages, and hamlets along the way, learn about the determination of early settlers to make the most of the natural resources in this often-challenging environment.

Whether you're an armchair sports fan, or have dreams of Olympic-style challenges, you'll find a wide variety of recreation opportunities in every season. Take time to enjoy local events and get to know the women and men who live, work, and take great pride in calling the distinctive Olympic Scenic Byway communities home.

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Auto Service

  • Air pump
  • Gas Station
  • Mechanic on duty
  • Towing


  • Deli/Sandwich Shop
  • Diner
  • Hot Dog Stand
  • Ice Cream Shop
  • Pizza
  • Restaurant


  • Convenience Store

Local Foods

  • Maple Syrup


  • B&B
  • Campground
  • Cottages/Cabins
  • Motel
  • RV Camping

Other Visitor Services

  • ATM
  • Historical Society
  • Library
  • Package Pickup (UPS, FedEx, etc.)
  • Post Office

Recreation Sales/Rental/Service

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing/Hunting
  • Hiking
  • Motorboating


  • Antiques
  • Art Galleries
  • Gifts
  • Sporting Goods

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