Updated July 22, 2021                                                                                       

Hello to Parishioners of Island Chapel, Upper Saranac Lake , NY.   With hope and joy I write to tell everyone Island Chapel, Upper Saranac Lake, NY is open this summer 2021. Our decision to remain closed for the summer of 2020 was regrettable but necessary  Our ever dedicated members of the chapel’s committee have met (virtually) and begun the process to safely open the chapel. It will require work. Our “to do” lists are long. But we will make it happen. Sunday services will begin the last Sunday in June, every Sunday through the summer and include that of Labor Day Weekend. Please note our transport boat, the Chapel Bound will begin ferrying people to the island at 9:15 am. Those who wish to access the island in their own vessels may do so. Church services will begin at 10 am with a selection of ecumenical services, each Sunday a different clergyman. There will be some small changes to our normal order of services and rules to follow due to N.Y. State Guidelines for Covid-19 reopening:

  1. Masks will be required by all on Chapel Bound
  2. Masks will  be required by all in the Chapel
  3. Social Distancing will be required when in the Chapel.  Groups will be seated 6ft apart.
  4. Music will be instrumental only with no singing.

Our committee has given much thought to the conditions we are still under. Plans are in place

Please come and join us. We welcome everyone. A peaceful place we can gather in fellowship, reflection and prayer is greatly needed in all our lives. We’ve all been through so very much. It’s time to start the healing. Thank you. See you this summer. Nancy Farrell, Island Chapel Chair


Nancy Farrell
Chair of the Island Chapel Committee

Chapel Island is an interdenominational chapel offering a worshipful atmosphere throughout the summer. Inspirational speakers conduct the worship service. Each Sunday members of the congregation are invited to sing in an impromptu choir. Worshipping at the island has been a unique experience since the mid-1800’s. The Chapel, which is on its own island, blends well into the Adirondack landscape nestled amongst tall pines, overlooking majestic mountain peaks and surrounded by sparkling water.

Chapel Island opens its summer season on the last  Sunday in June and continues through 1st week September 2021. Chapel Island is located at the south end of Upper Saranac Lake . Boat transportation is available every Sunday morning. The Chapel Bound pontoon boat leaves from Indian Carry off Rt. 3 at the end of Old Dock Road where you will find ample parking for your car. The first boat trip leaves for the picturesque ride at 9:15 AM and again at 9:35 AM. You may bring your own boat if you happen to be on Upper Saranac Lake . The boat driver drops their passengers off at the Chapel dock, and then anchors off shore. A shuttle transports the driver back to the dock. The service begins at 10 AM (new time for 2020). After the service, the Chapel Bound will return you to the dock at Indian Carry.

We invite you to join with the blend of faiths who express a warm and gracious welcome.