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Mirror Lake

Did you know, the village of Lake Placid actually sits on Mirror Lake, not its namesake lake?
As its name suggests, Mirror Lake is a calm lake that at many times perfectly reflects the village surrounding it. No motorized boats are allowed in the lake, making it the perfect spot to kayak, paddle board and swim in the warmer months. Mirror lake is also home to swim portion of Ironman Lake Placid (the longest running Ironman Triathlon in the continental US!)

During the winter months, the lake freezes, making it the perfect spot for skating! Here at the Golden Arrow, we keep a rink plowed for pick-up games. The village also plows, so you can skate a loop around the lake! 

When the ice is thick enough, you can also take a dog sled ride or go down the toboggan chute! 


2.7 miles around


60 feet deep

Most Abundant Fish

Trout, Bass, Pike

Lake Placid Lake

Lake Placid, the lake, is located just off Mirror Lake Drive. This is a great spot for boating, fishing, or paddling (motorboats are allowed in this lake). Unlike Mirror Lake, you cannot walk around Lake Placid Lake. 

Here are the best ways to see the lake:

  • Stop at the Lake Placid Marina if you’re walking around Mirror Lake. You can take a peak at the lake here or go on a boat tour (be sure to ask about the Lady in the Lake!)
  • Take a short drive up Saranac Ave to the Peninsula Trail and walk the Lakeshore Trail. You can stop at the dam and take a dip in the lake before taking in the views!
  • Get a birds-eye view of the whole lake at Whiteface Moutain. Drive up the Whiteface Memorial Highway or take the Cloudsplitter gondola up to Little Whiteface. 
Mirror Lake

This livestream provides all those that love Mirror Lake, near and far, to have constant connection to this beautiful waterbody!

Mirror Lake in the fall

Check the current water temperature of Mirror Lake and see old ice records.

guy kayaking in mirror lake in front of golden arrow

Kayaking, SUPs, Hydrobikes
Boat Tours
Fly Fishing

Views from Marcy Room

All Lakefront Rooms above the ground level have private balconies with spectacular vistas. Ground-level accommodations have large glass doors leading to your own private patio, and keeping you steps from the Mirror Lake shore.

The only thing we overlook is the lake

Surrender yourself to the natural and untouched beauty of the Adirondack Mountains at the first resort in the U.S. to receive the Audubon International’s Platinum Eco Rating for Hotels. There are now only six hotels in the United States to obtain this honor! It’s a place to renew yourself on the serene shores of Mirror Lake, and take in the history of the town, just steps away from the famed Olympic Village and the heart of Lake Placid, New York. No other place on earth provides this unique blend of comfort, rejuvenation, or one-of-a-kind experiences. Start planning your stay at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort now!


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