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Directions & Lodging
257 Ranger School Road, Wanakena, NY

Directions to the Ranger School

From Syracuse (about 3 hours)
Route 81 to Route 342 (Ft. Drum) to Route 3 East (Natural Bridge, Harrisville, Star Lake)Follow Route 3, 6 miles beyond Star Lake and take County Road 61 (right turn) proceed about 1 mile, bear left at "Gateway to Wilderness" sign, proceed about 2/10's of a mile, take first left turn (Ranger School Road) - go all the way to the end.

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Aerial photograph by ESF alumni Tim O'Neill '78 and David Peszko '62

From Albany (about 4 hours)
Take Route 87 North to Exit 23 (Warrensburg). Take Route 28 N to Indian Lake to Blue Mountain Lake. In Blue Mountain Lake take Route 30 to Long Lake and on to Tupper Lake. In Tupper Lake take Route 3 West to Cranberry Lake. Proceed 8 miles beyond Cranberry Lake on Route 3 to County Road 61 (left turn) proceed about 1 mile, bear left at "Gateway to Wilderness" sign, proceed about 2/10's of a mile, take first left turn (Ranger School Road) - go all the way to the end.

Wanakena Area Lodging

Wanakena

  • Alumni Campground – First come/First serve – across from the Ranger School Campus
    Please call Gail, Alumni Office Manager, with questions (315) 848-2566 ext. 112
  • Packbasket Adventures Lodge (315) 848-3488
  • Pine Cone Grill (315) 848-2121

Cranberry Lake (8 miles East of Ranger School on Route 3)

Star Lake (6 miles West of Ranger School on Route 3)

  • The Haven at Star Lake (443) 995-5838 or 908-675-6158 or 315-848-4098 (cottage rentals available)
  • Splendid Space B&B (315) 848-2316

Childwold (20 miles East of Ranger School)

  • Thirsty Moose Cabins (518) 359-2540

Harrisville (28 miles West of Ranger School)

  • The Kilbourn House Bed and Breakfast (315) 543-2008

Tupper Lake (35 miles East of Ranger School)

  • Lakeview Motel (518) 359-2778
  • Park Motel (518) 359-3600
  • Pine Terrace Motel (518) 359-9258
  • Red Top Inn (518) 359-9209
  • Shaheen’s Motel (518) 359-3384
  • Sunset Park Motel (518) 359-3995
  • Timber Lodge Motel (518) 359-2320
  • Tupper Lake Motel (518) 359-3381

Saranac Lake (57miles East of Ranger School)

Watertown (70 miles West of Ranger School)

  • Ramada Inn (315) 788-0700
  • Hampton Inn (315) 782-2222
  • Hilton Garden Inn (315) 788-1234
  • Holiday Inn Express (315) 779-1234
  • Ramada (315) 788-0700
  • Comfort Inn & Suites (315) 782-2700

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