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This neighboring community is located along Rt. 3, about 5 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake. Plenty of people choose to live and recreate in the Bloomingdale area, from young families to retired individuals there's a wide array of folks choosing to call Bloomingdale home. The hamlet has an elementary school, general store, antique shop, and a diner, most of which have been serving this community for years. The St. Armand Town Hall stands in the center of the hamlet. Bloomingdale is a part of Essex County, and has a population of 1,500.


A short drive outside of Saranac Lake, this hamlet is located within the town of Brighton. Similar to Saranac Lake's history, Gabriels grew during the time of tuberculosis patients seeking cure in the Adirondacks. Both the sanatorium and the hamlet were named for Catholic Bishop Henry Gabriels of Ogdensburg, NY. As of 2016 the population was 227. Gabriels is a part of Franklin County and is located about 8 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake. 

Lake Clear

Home to the Adirondack Regional Airport, The Adirondack Arc, Bionique Testing Laboratories, and several other commercial opportunities, Lake Clear also brings a balance of residential sites and state land. This area is located about 8.5 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake and has a population of 470. 

Lake Clear Junction

Lake Clear Junction is a hamlet east of Lake Clear on NY-30 and NY-186. It was the site of the junction of the railroad line to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid with the line running south to Tupper Lake and north to Gabriels and Loon Lake. The station is still standing. Charlie's Inn and the old Lake Clear School are nearby. This hamlet is located about 7 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake. 

Loon Lake 

Loon Lake is a hamlet in the northern portion of the town of Franklin. The community is located on the east side of Loon Lake and  is about 18 miles northeast of Saranac Lake. Loon Lake is approximately 3 miles long, and is positioned between Look Out and Loon Lake Mountains.


McColloms is a hamlet in the town of Brighton in Franklin County on NY-30. It formed around a hotel started by A.C. McCollom in 1849 in a log cabin built by Amos Rice after 1820. Population present day is 170. The hamlet is about 18 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake. 


Merrillsville is located on the Port Kent and Hopkinton Turnpike (presently County Route 26, formerly County Route 99) one mile west of NY-3 and two miles south-east of Loon Lake. The hamlet is about 18 miles from Saranac Lake. The town of Franklin was formed from the town of Belmont in 1836. The hamlet of Merrillsville appears on a map by the early 1830s.  


About 12 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake, Onchiota was one of the later-settled parts of the Town of Franklin. This community is also located in Franklin County.

Paul Smith's 

Paul Smiths is located in the southern part of the Town of Brighton, with Lower St. Regis Lake to the south and Osgood Pond to the north. The hamlet is home to Paul Smith's College, a private 4-year school unique to the Adirondacks, and is only 12 miles outside of Saranac Lake. As of the 2010 census, the population was 671. 

Rainbow Lake

Neighboring Onchiota, this community is located along the shores of the 3.5 mile-long lake, and along the Gabriels-Onchiota County Rt 60 Road. This is 11 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake. 

Ray Brook

This hamlet is located along NY-86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. It is home to several hiking trails, state offices such as the District 5 office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the state police, as well as two correctional facilities. In 1904, Ray Brook was the site of the first state-operated tuberculosis sanatorium. 

Saranac Inn

Saranac Inn is a small hamlet that grew up in the vicinity of the historic Saranac Inn, and to the public golf course that was originally part of the Inn. Originally built as the Prospect House in 1864, the Saranac Inn had changed ownership several times before closing down in 1962. A collection of cottages on Upper Saranac Lake along with the Saranac Inn Golf & Country Club comprise the present day hamlet of Saranac Inn.


A hamlet located in Franklin County, along State Rt. 3 about 9 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake. Vermontville is the seat of the government of the town of Franklin, and has a few government offices right along Rt. 3. This community offers many seasonal activities and special events. You can navigate the area via foot trails, lakes, and streams. In the winter the town of Franklin offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing, snowmobiling on the corridor number 7, outdoor skating and warming stations. The population for Vermontville is 960. 


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The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1921 as the community's leading advocate for business. The mission of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is to provide services and representation for its membership and to generate economic development through promotional and marketing strategies. The Chamber provides business-building initiatives that focus on the critical priorities of the Saranac Lake community.

By leveraging the support, talent and resources of its members, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization working to improve the quality of life in the Tri-Lakes area.


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