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Cranberry-Lake is located in the Adirondack Mountains, in one of the largest remote areas of the state. It sits in the heart of the Adirondacks State Park and is adjacent to 150,000 acres of forest preserve. Cranberry Lake is considered the gateway to the Five Ponds Wilderness area. The scenic lake offers fishing and boating, canoeing and kayaking and backcountry hiking. Boat tours of the lake are also available in the area. Cranberry Lake covers eleven square miles and has 55 miles of shoreline, of which over forty are state owned. The original lake was much smaller but nearly doubled in size in 1867 with the construction of a log crib dam. A concrete dam replaced the log crib dam in 1916. This is a good place for those looking for a secluded, quiet vacation destination because there is minimal civilization around the lake, and just to the south lie thousands of acres of rolling hills, thick forestlands, numerous lakes and ponds. On the lake, flows and bays extend in every direction, which offer refuge on windy days to those exploring the lake by boat or canoe. Many hiking trails originate along the lakeshore and meander through the forest to remote ponds and mountaintop overlooks with spectacular views of the lake and beyond. Cranberry Lake offers 46 campsites around the lake and a lodge is located on the lake, which contains an Adirondack style restaurant and pub.

Surrounding areas: Colton, New York (23.4 mi), Lake Bonaparte, New York (27.5 mi), Saranac Lake, New York (35.6 mi), Old Forge, New York (36.1 mi)

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Cranberry Lake Weather & Climate

The weather in the Adirondacks  is unpredictable. Even though it is New York, the weather more closely resembles that of Vermont. A sunny day can turn into a rainy one; the temperature in May can be cool or climb to the low 90s. The snows start in September, but it is not unusual to experience an "Indian Summer" with warm days that extend into October. In general, however, summers are very pleasant with warm temperatures and low humidity, making it perfect for outdoor activities. In addition, the Adirondacks do not experience severe storms such as tornadoes or hurricanes like in other vacation spots in the country. Annual precipitation is around 39 inches, enough to keep the forests green and the streams flowing.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 25°F 1°F 3.05 in. -
February 28°F 2°F 2.41 in. -
March 38°F 14°F 2.87 in. -
April 50°F 28°F 3.01 in. -
May 64°F 40°F 3.82 in. -
June 73°F 49°F 3.93 in. -
July 77°F 53°F 4.66 in. -
August 75°F 52°F 4.29 in. -
September 66°F 44°F 4.54 in. -
October 54°F 33°F 3.74 in. -
November 41°F 23°F 3.94 in. -
December 30°F 10°F 3.25 in. -

Cranberry Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Adirondack Regional airport (SLK) located about 33 miles east of Cranberry Lake in Saranac Lake, New York, the Ogdensburg International airport (OGS) located approximately 44 miles northwest of Cranberry Lake in Ogdensburg, New York, the Watertown International airport (ART) located roughly 60 miles west of Cranberry Lake in Watertown, New York, the Clinton County airport (PLB) located around 72 miles east of Cranberry Lake in Plattsburgh, New York, the Plattsburgh International airport (PBG) located about 73 miles east of Cranberry Lake in Plattsburgh, New York, and finally the Griffiss Airpark airport (RME) located approximately 74 miles southwest of Cranberry Lake in Rome, New York.

Cranberry Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Enchanted ForestOld ForgeNY36.1 mi.
Sherman's Amusement ParkCaroga LakeNY75.7 mi.
Great EscapeLake GeorgeNY78.5 mi.
Magic Forest ParkLake GeorgeNY78.5 mi.
Sylvan BeachSylvan BeachNY83.8 mi.
Water Parks
Enchanted Forest/Water SafariOld ForgeNY36.1 mi.
Water Slide WorldLake GeorgeNY78.5 mi.
Song Mountain Alpine SlideTullyNY117.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Clifton Fine Municipal Golf CourseStar LakeNY10.8 mi.
Tupper Lake Country ClubTupper LakeNY15.8 mi.
Partridge Run Golf & Country ClubCantonNY30.0 mi.
St Lawrence University Golf CourseCantonNY30.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow RidgeTurinNY50.1 mi.
WhitefaceWilmingtonNY51.7 mi.
Gore MountainNorth CreekNY63.2 mi.
Shu-maker MountainLittle FallsNY81.5 mi.
West MountainGlens FallsNY86.7 mi.
Bolton Valley ResortBoltonVT97.3 mi.
SugarbushWarrenVT98.5 mi.
Mad River GlenWaitsfieldVT99.7 mi.
Middlebury CollegeHancockVT101.1 mi.
Willard MountainGreenwichNY102.9 mi.
Smugglers NotchJeffersonvilleVT103.2 mi.
Stowe Mountain ResortStoweVT107.6 mi.
KillingtonKillingtonVT109.0 mi.
BromleyManchester CenterVT114.5 mi.
State Parks
Higley Flow State ParkNY18.9 mi. 
Adirondack State ParkNY34.4 mi. 
Adirondack MuseumBlue Mountain LakeNY32.0 mi.(History)
Charles Dickert Memorial Wildlife MuseumSaranac LakeNY35.6 mi.(Science)
Frederic Remington Art MuseumOgdensburgNY45.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Utica ZooUticaNY80.0 mi.
Burnet Park ZooSyracuseNY104.3 mi.

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