Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Local Events Promote Raquette River Awareness Week

This year the Raquette River Blueway Corridor’s Advisory Committee will be hosting several events throughout the corridor during Raquette River Awareness Week (Saturday, July 28th through Saturday, August 4th) to highlight the assets the Raquette River has to offer.

A variety of events held in communities all along the river will feature the grand opening celebration of a canoe access trail to the Raquette River near Moody Falls in Sevey Corners and will be punctuated with three screenings of “The Raquette River Experience”, a travel documentary on the Raquette River produced by the Raquette River Blueway Corridor’s partner, WPBS-DT, Watertown, NY.

“The Raquette River Experience” will be screened in three locations including: the Hawkins Point Visitors Center in Massena, NY located at 21 Hawkins Point Rd. on Monday, July 30th which will begin at 1:00 PM; the Clarkson University Student Center Multi-Purpose Room in Potsdam, NY located at 8 Clarkson Ave. on Wednesday, August 1st which will begin at 4 PM; and, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY located at 45 Museum Drive on Thrusday, August 2nd which will begin at 6:00 PM. There will also be three TV airdates for the documentary on WPBS-DT on Sunday, July 29th at 6:00 PM and 10:30 PM and on Tuesday, July 31st at 7:30 PM.

The official opening of a canoe access trail to the Raquette River near Moody Falls on Sunday, July 29th. The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club has been working in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to establish a new access trail to the Raquette River on conservation easement land near Moody Falls in Sevey Corners. The work is now complete and an official opening will take place at 10:00 AM. The location is on State Highway 56 about a mile north of the intersection of State Highway 56 with State Highway 3 and is marked with a Canoe Access sign. This is a joint ADK Laurentian Chapter/DEC event. For further information about this specific event contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or

There will also be a Sunset Paddle in Potsdam’s Ives Park on Thursday, August 2nd. The group will meet at 6:30 PM near the boat launch in Ives Park and will return around 7:30 PM. Bring your canoes, personal flotation devices, and kayaks.

To find out more information about these and other events can be found online, or by contacting Nicole Cline at 315-265-1670 or

The Raquette River Blueway Corridor’s Advisory Committee is a community-based organization including residents of communities along the river, local chambers of commerce, private businesses, recreational groups, museums and state and local government officials. The group’s aim is to build a sustainable tourism economy and to revitalize communities by using the outdoor, heritage, and cultural assets of the Raquette River.

Photo by Phil Brown: Navigational buoy on the Raquette River.

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