Saranac River Trail on Mountain Lake Journal

Scenes from the Treehouse construction and opening  along with discussion of expansion plans for Saranac River Trail Greenway. 

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:00pm

Press-Republican Article January 6, 2016

Nice article about the near-term plans for Saranac River Trail.

Saranac River Trail 2016 Updates

Happy 2016 -- Here's an update on the Saranac River Trail for the new year

At the moment, the Trail has a primary segment from behind Plattsburgh High School at George Angell Drive, across the campus, up the hill to Steltzer Road, and then along Pine Street to the Max Moore Memorial Treehouse and the old Saranac Street Bridge. If you haven’t explored that section, take a walk or bike ride along the approxiimately 1 mile of this segment. You can make the roundtrip within an hour, and there are benches along the way to stop and rest, read, listen to the river, and keep an eye out for Champy, the Lake Champlain Monster who may be spending the winter in the river.

At the other end of the Trail, Peace Point Park and the new City Marina provide beautiful views and new benches to view the lake. From that end of the Trail, you an easily walk into downtown to shop, eat, or explore the new attractions and businesses downtown.

Thanks to a lot of work by the City Engineering Department and with the assistance of grants from the New York State Department of Transportation in 2013 and the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in 2015, the next two years will see these two Trail segments linked.

Once you walk into downtown from Peace Point Park on Lake Champlain, you can explore the City. There will be new signage to identify the Trail’s route through the City. The Trail will lead you to Durkee Street and down to the Saranac River. What is now the dead end of Durkee Street, will no longer be a dead end. Engineering work is nearly complete on a new pedestrian-only bridge across the Saranac River. The City owns the riverfront on the south side of the river in that section, and you’ll be able to walk (or bike) across the new bridge and follow the Trail along the riverfront to the Saranac Street Bridge that leads to Pine Street.

As you may know, the Saranac Street Bridge needs to be replaced. We had hoped that it could be repaired, but it appears that its condition is beyond repair. Thanks to REDC &  OPRHP, the City has recently received a grant to replace that bridge. The replacement will be a pedestrian/bike bridge with stations for kids (and others!) to study the river. As far as the Trail is concerned, this means that you’ll be able to bike, walk, or run from Peace Point Park on Lake Champlain all the way into downtown, across the bridges, along Pine Street, and across the campus.

The funding is in place, and we’re hoping that construction will begin fall 2016 with completion by 2017.

If you’re traveling to downtown to enjoy the expanded Trail, remember that free parking is available at the lakefront parking lot (Peace Point Parking) and the Durkee Street parking lot.

And, as part of this project, at the Caroline Street cul-de-sac where the Durkee Street bridge and new Saranac Street bridge will meet, there will be half a dozen charging stations for electric cars. Drive up, plug in, and explore Plattsburgh's Downtown and Museum Campus as well as the Trail -- they're all within walking distance.

We’ll keep you posted as schedules are set. We’re also working on a new season of Talks, Treks & Tasks for Friends of Saranac River Trail.

If you haven’t signed up for our mailing list at, do so now so we can keep you posted. And invite your friends to sign up so we can keep them in the loop.

Sneak previews: Our second Waste Water Treatment Plant tour is scheduled for Saturday April 9, 2016 from 1-2:30. Space is limited, and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There is walking involved (and some stairs). And remember National Trails Day on Saturday June 4, 2016. We’ll have a special event this year.

Find out more about Saranac River Trail and the Saranac River Trail Greenway Expansion on Mountain Lake Journal at 8 PM on Friday, January 8, 2016.

Plattsburgh Wastewater Treatment Plant tour: Sat Apr. 9,2016 - 1:00 PM

See how the WWTP helps keep the lake clean. Visit the plant and follow the path of through the process. Register here

No charge, but registration is necessary because space is limited. 

Tour requires walking and climbing stairs. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Trek: Plattsburgh Wastewater Treatment Plant 2016

Back by popular demand -- a repeat of our Trek through the Plattsburgh Wastewater Treatment Plant. Make your plans now for Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10 AM!

  • See how it works
  • Ask your questions
  • Find out what you can do to help keep Lake Champlain clean!

This Trek is part of Talks, Treks & Tasks --  a series of events on and around Saranac River Trail sponsored by Friends of Saranac River Trail and Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Public Feedback Online Forum

The City of Plattsburgh is looking to gather input regarding waterfront revitalization along Lake Champlain, related upland areas, and the Saranac River within the City of Plattsburgh.

The documents linked below provide an overview of the City’s waterfront area and subareas being addressed for this study – the North End, the Cumberland Ave-Wilcox Dock area, the Downtown-Dock Street area, and the Old Base area.  

Please take a few moments to look over the information and provide feedback through the survey linked here.  If you have any questions please contact the Office of Community Development at

There are five files available for download -- click Read More to download them.

This project is supported by funding provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

Saranac River Trail Phase II Draft Design Report

Funded under the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) PIN 7805.88.

Talk: Making Geotourism Happen

Janet Kennedy, Executive Director of Lakes to Locks Passage (LTLP) will give a presentation and lead a discussion about moving from the concept of geotourism to the reality. She’ll cover what it means, and how to do it. Then, she’ll be joined by LTLP Board Member Andrew Sajor (and members of the audience) in a work session to explore how an experience in Plattsburgh and along the Saranac River Trail can become a LTL PassagePort. By the end of the session, we may be well on our way!

The event is free but register here to help us plan.

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Photo Trek II

Great Photo Trek today let by Ron Nolland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Penelope Clue


Jeff Olson Talk: Trails Today

Olson October 9, 2015, Plattsburgh Community Room 11 AM Slide 1
Olson October 9, 2015, Plattsburgh Community Room 11 AM Slide 2
Olson October 9, 2015, Plattsburgh Community Room 11 AM Slide 3
Olson October 9, 2015, Plattsburgh Community Room 11 AM Slide 4

Friday, October 9, 2015, 11 AM Plattsburgh City Hall Community Room. Admission is free.

Here's a teaser of the first few slides of Jeff's presentation -- there's a lot more on Friday (click slides for larger image). See you there.

For more info, visit Jeff's website at


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