SUNY Potsdam is located just west of the Adirondack National Park and east of the St. Lawrence River. The Racquette River, with headwaters in the Adirondacks, flows by the campus. The river offers recreational opportunities for students and faculty. Canoes, kayaks, cross country skis, and snow shoes are available through student activities.


Potsdam is a college town. The four college and universities in the area cooperate through the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence County. In addition to the advantages of expanded course offerings to students, the colleges attract many international artists and scholars.


Ottawa, the capital of Canada, with its many cultural and recreational opportunities, including the largest winter festival in North America, is just a short drive north. Montreal, the French cultural center of Canada, is less than two hours by car.


Local Links


 NorthCountryNow Best source for local events, many links for recreation and other activities, weather, homes for sale, etc.
 Discover Potsdam Chamber of Commerce Info
 Board of Realtors Links to MLS of homes for sale in the region
 Titus Mountain Closest skiing to Potsdam
 Whiteface Mountain Best local skiing. Home to two Winter Olympics
 Lake Placid About 1.5 hours through the mountains. A beautiful ride to a wonderful mountain town. Antique shops, good eats, and outlets.
 Adirondack Tourism 1 General Links 
 Adirondack Tourism 2 General Links  
 Adirondack museum In beautiful Blue Mountain Lake. Some of the best views in the area. Plan to spend an entire day. 
 Ottawa Canals Over 15 kilometers of open skate. Public entertainment, food huts, and an ice palace.
 Ottawa Kiosk General information 
 Ottawa Museums Think Washington DC without the high crime 
 Ottawa Nightlife Lots of pubs!  
 New York State Parks Camping, fishing, or just a walk in the woods. 
 New York State Information All links merge here. 
 Regional Information  From the SUNY website