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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.

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

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

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

Oswegatchie

Childwold (20 miles East of Ranger School)

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


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