Spitfire Lake

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St. Regis Mountain from Spitfire Lake

250-acre (1.0 km2) Spitfire Lake is a part of the St. Regis River in the Adirondacks in northern New York State. Along with Upper and Lower St. Regis Lake, it became famous in the late 19th century as a summer playground of America's power elite, drawn to the area by its scenic beauty and by the rustic charms of Paul Smith's Hotel. It is the site of many grand old summer "cottages" and Great Camps; Frederick W. Vanderbilt, Anson Phelps Stokes and Whitelaw Reid were among the summer residents. "The camps of many of these families began as tent colonies, with separate units for sleeping, dining, games, and so on, and evolved into permanent structures built with understated taste."[1]

Spitfire is part of the original Seven Carries canoe route from Paul Smith's Hotel to Saranac Inn.


  1. ^ Jerome, p. 109


  • Donaldson, Alfred L., A History of the Adirondacks. New York: Century, 1921. ISBN 0-916346-26-9. (reprint)
  • Jerome, Christine Adirondack Passage: Cruise of Canoe Sairy Gamp, HarperCollins, 1994. ISBN 0-935272-94-1.

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Coordinates: 44°24′57″N 74°16′20″W / 44.41583°N 74.27222°W / 44.41583; -74.27222