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Spitfire Lake
Location Franklin County, New York
Type lake
Surface area 250-acre (1.0 km2)
St Regis Mountain, from Spitfire Lake
St. Regis Mountain from Spitfire Lake

Spitfire Lake is a part of the St. Regis River in the Adirondacks in northern New York State and is 250-acre (1.0 km2) in area. 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."

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

Sources

  • 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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