Mirror Lake Watershed Walk

A short walk around Lake Placid to learn about the Mirror Lake Watershed.

Mirror Lake Watershed Walk

Lake Placid, New York 12946, United States

Created By: Adirondack Watershed Institute

Tour Information

Welcome to this self-guided tour of the southern portion of the Mirror Lake watershed brought to you by the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute in partnership with Northwood School.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Northwood School Innovation HUB Welcome to this self-guided tour of the southern portion of the Mirror Lake watershed brought to you by the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute in partnership with Northwood School. There a... Read more
Imagination Station You walked to this stop on a paved sidewalk. A paved sidewalk is an example of an “impervious surface”. Impervious surfaces are important features of watersheds as they prevent precipitation from entering the ground,... Read more
Golden Arrow Resort Look at the roof of the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, does it look normal to you? Do you see the plants covering the surface? This is an example of a “green roof”, which unlike a normal roof, is a “pervious surface... Read more
Path to Crown Plaza Resort At this stop you can see a small, wooded area. This is a very important feature of this part of the watershed. Unlike the Main Street area you just left, this wooded area will capture nearly all the precipitation ... Read more
Crown Plaza Resort Welcome to the watershed divide!! Take a close look at the parking lot. Do you see that it is sloping downhill away from you? The parking lot is in the neighboring watershed. Knowing where the watershed boundaries are all... Read more
Park Bench This stop gives you a nice view of the Mirror Lake watershed. The two small peaks closest to the lake are Mount Whitney (tallest) and Cobble Hill (shortest), noting that Cobble Hill is a great family hike accessible from the Nort... Read more
Parking Lot by Subway At stop one we learned about impervious surfaces that prevent water from entering the ground, resulting in surface runoff. Take a look around this location and note all of the impervious surfaces, roads, sidewalks, par... Read more
Bottom of Toboggan Chute Look back up the path you just walked down. Do you see where water has flowed and the small sand delta? This is an example of surface runoff and soil erosion that results from it. At this location eroded soil enters... Read more
Mirror Lake Public Beach On warm summer days this beach is full of people enjoying the cool and clean water of Mirror Lake. This is the only public beach with lifeguards in town and is a valuable recreational asset to the community. New Yor... Read more
Welcome to the Mirror Lake outlet! This is where some of the water collected by the watershed exits in a small stream. Notice that the stream goes underground, which is common in urbanized areas, as streams are channeled into pipes that are... Read more
Mirror Lake Watershed Association The Mirror Lake Watershed Association was formed to protect the Mirror Lake and Mill Pond watersheds. The association monitors water quality, sponsors a steward whose job is to prevent invasive species fro... Read more


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