Parking for vehicles with boat trailers using the Lake Flower Boat Launch is available in the parking lot across the road from the boat launch, through the 2018 boating season, while the clean-up of a Superfund site is underway.
The off-site parking lot is located at the former Nonna Fina’s restaurant. A limited number of parking spots have been designated for vehicles with boat trailers. Only vehicles with boat trailers will be allowed to use the parking lot. Vehicles must travel through the parking lot in one direction and park in designate parking spots. Parking will be available from 7 am to 9 pm and overnight parking is prohibited.
Paddlers and others with car top boats are encouraged to use the nearby DEC Ampersand Bay Hand Launch on Lower Saranac Lake or DEC Lake Colby Hand Launch.
After launching a boat, boaters should tie off their boat at the bulkhead to the left of the launch ramp and then drive across River Street (State Route 86) to the parking lot. When driving from the parking lot to the boat launch, drivers should utilize the middle turning lane.
When walking between the boat launch and the parking lot, pedestrians should use the crosswalk and traffic light at the intersection of Church and River streets. The crosswalk is approximately 560 feet from the boat launch and parking lot entrances. A gravel footpath will be built between River Street and the boat ramp to give pedestrians access to the boat ramp.
DEC encourages drivers and pedestrians to pay attention and follow the directions of flaggers and other workers at the boat launch site during work hours.
Completion of the project, which will benefit habitat in and along Brandy Brook and Pontiac Bay, includes improvements to the boat launch and the Ice Palace parcel.
The Brandy Brook and Pontiac Bay portions of the Saranac Lake Manufactured Gas Co. site are being remediated using State Superfund resources. From the late 1800s to the 1940s, the site was used for manufacturing lighting gas via coal gasification for the village of Saranac Lake. Historic processes at the site resulted in the release of coal tar and other wastes to the environment.
Coal tar is a by-product of the coal gasification process and contains volatile organic compounds of concern including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes. Coal tar also contains semi-volatile organic compounds of concern known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs.
Coal tar was transported via Brandy Brook from the former MGP site into Pontiac Bay. Contamination within Brandy Brook will also be cleaned up during this project. Learn more about MGPs, the associated contaminants, and DEC’s efforts to address them, here.
Map of Lake Flower Boat Launch and temporary park area courtesy Adirondack Atlas.