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Recreation
Come and play in the beautiful Speculator Region! Our scenic Adirondack communities of Speculator, Lake Pleasant, Piseco, Morehouse and Arietta offer a wide variety of opportunities for recreation and relaxation, as well as the kind of "hometown" service and hospitality that will make you come back for more.

Whether you're new to the area or looking to spend an enjoyable day in the Adirondack Mountains, we've got plenty of recreational activities. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skiing and snowboarding are favorite pastimes during the winter months, while warmer weather welcomes numerous outdoor activities including hiking, fishing & boating, mountain biking, canoeing, camping, golfing and bird watching. Your "to do" list will only get longer as you discover the Speculator Region!


Birding
Birdwatchers and nature lovers, grab your binoculars to see what feathered friends can be found in the Speculator Region. Take a leisurely walk into the Perkins Clearing area to see several species of warblers, including the Mourning Warbler, Wood Warblers and the Blackpoll Warbler, along with many other mixed woodland habitat species. Or hike the Northville/Lake Placid Trail into a beautiful wetland area where you may see nesting waterfowl such as Great Blue Heron, Common Loons and several duck species. Habitats include forest woodlands, marshland, meadows and ponds. Paddling along the Kunjamuck River may reveal waterfowl such as Great Blue Heron, several duck species and Osprey along the shoreline. Visit Hamilton County Tourism for Birding Guide and map.


Boating
The Speculator Region’s many lakes and rivers offer boating excitement of all kinds. Water ski, fish, swim, or just float quietly watching a magnificent Adirondack sunset. Boaters can access the lakes from launches located at state campgrounds and from unpaved town launches. Boat rentals are available as well.  DEC Boating


Canoeing & Kayaking
Rent a canoe or bring your own; the Speculator Region has miles of streams, lakes and rivers to explore. Fish, watch wildlife, catch some rapids, or glide across a glassy lake. Licensed guides are available to make your trip safe and enjoyable. Grab a paddle and have an adventure. More. . .


Camping
There are countless ways to sleep beneath the stars in the Speculator Region. Choose between public campgrounds or privately owned campsites and RV parks. From fine fishing and secluded wooded sites, to water sport opportunities and lakeside picnics, you’ll always be a happy camper in the Speculator area. For list of campgrounds, click here. For back country camping rules...DEC Backcountry Camping


Cross-Country Skiing
Our groomed cross-country ski trails offer fun for people of all ages and ability levels. Whether you want easy to moderate trails or day long treks into the backcountry, the Speculator Region has something for you. More. . .


Downhill Skiing
Enjoy a beautiful Adirondack winter day on the slopes at Oak Mountain Ski Center. With 14 trails, a quad chair, 2 T-bars, night skiing, lessons, rentals, cafeteria, and a new restaurant with bar –what more could you ask for!


Fishing/Fly Fishing
Fishing licenses are available at these area locations.  Tanner Outdoor Sports/Town of Arietta/Town of Lake Pleasant. DEC Fishing Regulations
Our region offers a great variety of waters with many species to pursue. For the casual summer fisherperson, we have outstanding smallmouth bass fishing in the major lakes. For the more serious lake angler, the major lakes contain trout, salmon and walleye. Or for a different fishing experience, try one of our many area trout ponds. There are several excellent rivers in the area suitable for both fly fishing and spin fishing. Whether you hope to catch dinner or are only into catch and release fishing, the Speculator Region is the perfect place to drop a line. More. . .


Golfing
Lake Pleasant Golf Course, our local public 9 hole, par 35 golf course comes with breathtaking views of the Adirondack mountains. In the fall, the lush green trees that lined the fairways in the summer turn bright yellow, red and orange. You may find that you'll spend as much time taking in the scenic vistas as you do concentrating on your game.  For a list of nearby courses click HERE.



Hiking
From family walks along a pathway to more strenuous climbs, the Speculator Region will exceed your expectations. We’ve mapped them out with specific descriptions here


Hunting
Wild game is abundant in the Speculator Region. Black bear and whitetail deer are among the favorites and wild turkeys are plentiful. Ruffed grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare add to the thrill of game hunting in our area. Nonresident hunters must hold a hunting license in their home state or a hunting safety certificate in order to purchase a NYS Hunting License. Hunting licenses are available at these area locations. DEC Hunting Regulations


Ice Fishing
There is nothing like walking on a frozen lake, carving a hole and pulling up elusive fish from the mysterious depths below. The Speculator Region lakes offer winter anglers brown trout, landlocked salmon, and lake trout, just to mention a few. Fishing licenses are available at these area locations. DEC Ice Fishing Regulations


Ice Skating
During the winter season, we convert our town’s covered pavilion into a wonderful free outdoor skating rink.


Mountain Biking
Hit the trail in Speculator, where you can bike “The Speculator Loop” which was featured in the Adirondack Life 2003 Annual Guide. The trail system consists of two bike loops which are wide, hard-packed logging roads that vary in terrain. Visit Bike the Byways for detailed information.



Snowboarding
The excitement and freedom of snowboarding is only minutes away at Oak Mountain Ski Center.


 

Snowmobiling

With over 650 miles of free groomed snowmobile trails that wind through our picturesque mountains and over our scenic lakes, the Speculator Region is a snowmobiler’s paradise! Many of our lodging, restaurants and merchants are easily accessible along our well maintained trails. Pick up a free trail map at the Chamber office or at several area businesses.

Snowmobile rentals are available at Village Motorsports/Village Rentals

For accurate weather forecasts and trail conditions:
www.ilsnow.com.and http://dragofspeculator.com


Join a local club and save $$$ on your registration

D.R.A.G. of Speculator Inc.
PO Box 231
Speculator NY
Phone  518-548-7368
Website: http://www.dragofspeculator.com
Membership: https://membership.nyssnowassoc.org/club/show/1696


Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club

P.O. Box 425

Speculator, NY 12164

Website:  www.pleasantriders.com


Downloadable Snowmobile Map & Guide

http://www.nysnowmobilewebmap.com

http://nysnowmobilewebmap.com/hamilton-county-getaway.php



Snowshoeing
Experience the quiet, snowy woods without having to learn to backcountry ski. The Speculator Region offers a wide range of terrain for every snowshoer. Click here for details.


Snow Tubing
Snow Tubing at our local family ski center, Oak Mountain, is a great way to experience the fun of winter recreation from a whole new perspective. No experience is necessary, simply grab a tube and let the fun begin!

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Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting can be found out of nearby in Indian Lake and Warrensburg. Adirondac Rafting Company, based in Indian Lake, runs the Hudson River Gorge through 16 miles of wilderness with plenty of Whitewater fun. In Warrensburg, you can hook up with Wild Waters and raft either the Hudson River or the Sacandaga River.

 

 


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