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The Kettle Pond Writers’ Residency is grateful to call Paul Smith’s College home. Paul Smith's campus is located approximately thirteen miles from the city of Saranac Lake. The campus is relatively flat and located on the edge of Lower St. Regis Lake. More information about accessibility at Kettle Pond can be found here. Details on getting to Kettle Pond can be found here. 


At Kettle Pond, we offer a variety of different recreational activities. Daily opportunities covered by Residency tuition include:

  • Access to the campus gym 

  • Canoe & kayak rentals

  • Miles of trails & boardwalks

  • Access to the The VIC, Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center (inc. a butterfly house, outdoor amphitheater, floating bridge... a place impossible to oversell) 

  • Fully stocked bonfire pits

  • Axe throwing? (almost certainly)

  • Resident-led yoga? (a strong maybe)

Writing Spaces

While on campus, writers have access to the college library, where they can find free printing, copying, and quiet nooks for writing with beautiful lake vistas.

Other Essentials

Paul Smith's College has a small campus store stocked with basics like snacks, some medications, toiletries, and basic stationary should you forget any essentials, though the summer hours are extremely limited. Writers are advised to keep in mind that Saranac Lake is the closest town and is thirteen miles away by car. There is a small deli a in a nearby town, which is still about four miles away. Writers planning modes of travel other than driving are urged to keep Paul Smith's relatively secluded location in mind while packing. Over the years, we have curated a fairly exhaustive suggested Packing List. We've heard from some it's overkill, but we have also lent coats to many of those critics. We urge writers to pack as we do: plan for 3 seasons of weather, hope for fewer. 

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