Brian McDonnell

Franklin County

Contact Brian McDonnell
Tel: 518-524-3303

Brian McDonnell owns an outdoor recreation business with his beautiful wife Grace in Lake Clear, New York.  He has lived, worked and played inside the Blue Line since graduating from THE Ohio State University with a degree in Labor and Human Resources.  He has raised four children in the Adirondack Park.  Brian has been active in local government for many years serving on the Harrietstown Council when residing in Lake Clear and on the Brighton Council when living on Easy Street in Paul Smiths.  He was active in the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages while a Town Council person and has served on the Local Government Review Board for Franklin County for 10 years.  

Brian has served his community in multiple ways including the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, the Saranac Lake Youth Activities Program, the Saranac Lake Wild Forest Unit Management Planning Committee, the Saranac Lake Comprehensive Planning Committee, The Saranac Lake Destination Development Committee and the Franklin County Tourism Advisory Committee.

Brian’s extensive recreation background includes managing a canoe rental and guide service for 40 years, teaching Outdoor Recreation and Leadership for students at North Country Community College, Nassau County Community College and Paul Smiths College;  Developing and managing The Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake, Direction the transition of the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center from New York State to the College,  Creating and managing the Saranac Lake Summer Solstice Triathlon, and coordinating the Adirondack Canoe Race Series, including the 90 Mile Adirondack Canoe Classic for many years.


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