Mirror Lake

One of the most famous lakes in the Adirondacks… and for good reason.

Mirror Lake Waterfront Real Estate

Named for its uncanny ability to look like glass on a calm day, Mirror Lake is home to waterfront real estate that is some of the most coveted in all of the Adirondacks.

Lakefront living on Mirror Lake opens up a new way of life, one that centers around waking to a view of sparkling water and towering mountains in summer and being immersed in an alpine village surrounded by snow-capped peaks in winter.

The Heart of Downtown Lake Placid

Facts About Mirror Lake

  • Located in the heart of downtown Lake Placid
  • A public right-of-way allows boaters to carry kayaks, canoes or paddleboards easily between Mirror Lake and Lake Placid
  • Teeming with Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Pumpkinseed, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, and Rock Bass (stocked with Landlocked Salmon, Rainbow, and Lake Trout annually)
  • Only non-motorized and electric engine vessels are allowed on Mirror Lake
  • Waterfront homes for sale on Mirror Lake are easily accessible by car
  • 128 acres in size
  • Mean depth: 14 feet
  • Max depth: 59 feet

Boat Launches on Mirror Lake

  • Access Mirror Lake via the Mirror Lake Boat Launch on Mirror Lake Drive off of Route 86 in Lake Placid. Please note, electric motors only, and a 50-yard hand carry is required.
  • Launch your canoe or kayak at the Lake Placid Public Beach on the south end of Mirror Lake.
  • Access Mirror Lake via the Mirror Lake Boat Launch on Mirror Lake Drive off of Route 86 in Lake Placid. Please note, electric motors only, and a 50-yard hand carry is required.
  • Launch your canoe or kayak at the Lake Placid Public Beach on the south end of Mirror Lake.

When you own lakefront real estate on Mirror Lake, the seasons are yours to enjoy. In summer, jump in the canoe or kayak on Tuesday nights and paddle over to Mid’s Park on Main Street to enjoy one of Lake Placid’s favorite events: Songs on Mirror Lake free concert series. Restaurants such as The Cottage even allow guests arriving by boat to dock, dine and paddle home as the sun sets.

In winter, Mirror Lake’s frozen surface plays host to pond hockey tournaments, after-work broomball games, dogsled rides, ice-skating on the Mirror Lake Skating Track, and cross-country skiing. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the 2.7-mile walking loop around the lake that includes downtown Lake Placid.

So, why is Mirror Lake so famous and Mirror Lake waterfront real estate so coveted? Well, for starters, the lake plays host every year to the 2.4-mile swim that makes up the grueling Lake Placid Ironman competition. As soon as the ice is out in the spring, the swimming lanes are anchored in place for Lake Placid Ironman training camps and the main event, which happens the third weekend in July and sees more than 2,000 competitors.

A favorite of every kid, parent, and grandparent is the Lake Placid Public Beach and playground. A wide sandy beach, long dock, and on-duty lifeguards make this an ideal place to bring the kids and let them play. Bathrooms and snacks are available at the Beach House, and you’re never more than a few steps from one of Lake Placid’s great restaurants.

Nearby Activities and Attractions

  • Kick back at the Lake Placid Public Beach – relax in the sand, swim in the water, or sit on the bench at the end of the pier. There are changing facilities, tennis courts, and a playground.
  • Ski the face: Whiteface Mountain is only 20 minutes away in the town of Wilmington. As one of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks, Whiteface is accessible and worth a visit even when the snow melts.
  • Stroll down Main Street for shopping, dining, and entertainment, or take a ride down Sentinel Road toward Cascade Road for more unique restaurants, bars, and breweries.
  • Fun fact: The village of Lake Placid and Mirror Lake are focal points of the Lake Placid Marathon and Ironman endurance events, held every June and July, respectively.
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