Discover Elk Lake Lodge With Our Guides

Birding Guides:

Joan Collins

Joan Collins, President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC, leads birding trips year-round, is a New York State licensed guide, an Adirondack 46er, and has climbed all the Adirondack fire tower peaks. She is a past President of the New York State Ornithological Association and current Editor of New York Birders. She is a past Board of Directors member of the Audubon Council of New York State, and past President of Northern New York Audubon Society. Joan has published several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on wildlife and conservation topics in various publications including Audubon, New York Birders, Conservationist, Adirondack Life Magazine, LOCALadk Magazine, and The Kingbird. She authored several warbler species accounts, in addition to serving as a peer reviewer for The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Joan is a frequent keynote speaker and teaches classes on ornithology topics.


John and Pat Thaxton

John & Pat are both Licensed New York State Guides and Adirondack 46ers, fully insured and rarin' to go. They are members of the American Birding Association and the New York State Ornithological Association. For The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State, 2000-2005 (Cornell University Press) John & Pat covered 25 atlasing blocks, which included most of the Adirondack High Peaks. For the past fourteen years they have led trips for the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center's Great Adirondack Birding Celebration and for twelve years have led trips for Hamilton County's Adirondack Birding Festival.

Join them on an Adirondack Birding Tour.


Fishing  + Hiking Guides:


Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide Service

Since 1985, Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide service's owner, Jamie Frasier, has been guiding here in the Adirondacks and even in Alska as a Guide and Packer. When he is not Guiding he keeps busy running Frasier Taxidermy. With growth over the years Jamie now has a seasonal staff of experienced Guides. Need an Adirondack guide? All Guides have a passion for the great outdoors and the Folks they are guiding. Having a good time is a must. The fish may not always bite, and you might even get rained on! But that adds to the experience and memories made!  So before your next outdoor adventure give us a call or email us and let's put together a great outdoor memory.


Ken Kalil

Shortly after learning to walk, Ken started fishing the Adirondacks and by the age of 11 he was fly fishing and fly tying. With over 27 years experience in the guiding and outfitting business, Ken has been recognized for the highest quality, client focused service and his relentless commitment to watershed conservation through his multiple grassroots chairman positions. Kens motto is always strive to be better than the day before.


 Naturalist Guides:

Ed Kanze

Ed is a naturalist, author, and Adirondack guide with more than thirty years' experience leading walks in wild places. A former National Park Ranger, he worked at Acadia National Park and Gulf Islands National Seashore, served as Curator of the Trailside Nature Museum in Cross River, New York, taught field ecology for the National Audubon Society, and was senior naturalist at the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, New York. Ed has deep roots in the Adirondacks. His great great great great grandparents Daniel and Hannah Brownell carved a farm out of the woods along the Sacandaga River c. 1795.

Charlotte Demers

Charlotte has been working and recreating in the Adirondacks for over 35 years. She  has a degree in Environmental Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). As a research technician for SUNY ESF's Newcomb Campus she has collected long-term ecological data on pretty much everything that has fur, fins or feathers. Charlotte has presented research results at national environmental and ecological conferences. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Adirondack ecosystem on easy, slow paced walks through the woods.

“Wild, startling, resplendent -- endowed with the big, the lofty, the breathtaking panorama -- this place is a jewel fashioned of wilderness.”
- Mark Bowie, Adirondack Life Magazine
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