On Father’s Day Weekend, June 16-19, 2016, catch-and-release anglers and conservationists can assist in a two-day creel study and three-day celebration of wild trout and historic conservation and protection at Great Camp Sagamore near Raquette Lake.
Anglers participating in this Trout Power event will be able to choose from over 10 miles of secluded and rarely-fished sections of the South Inlet Watershed to fish, part of a weekend-long data collection survey of wild fish. Anglers will receive training on how to catch, photograph, and record their catch.
Participants will stay at Sagamore, can take part in tours, seminars, and slide shows, and listen to live folk music while enjoying craft beer courtesy of the Adirondack Brewery in Lake George. Scientific study of the data will be done through a collaboration between Trout Power, Trout Unlimited and the New York State Museum.
In the late 1800s, Dr. Arpad Gerster chronicled the terrific fishing that he found along the South Inlet of Raquette Lake, in his Notes Collected in the Adirondacks. Yet within a century, the ecosystem had been adversely affected by acid rain which lowered ph to such an extent that fishing opportunities were limited.
Today, the ph levels have returned to historical norms and both aquatic insects and wild brook trout populations are beginning to rebound as well, making this stream one of the great comeback stories of natural restoration.
This event will collect information and data on the ecosystem in an effort to protect and preserve the watershed under the already-existing Special Management Area designation that surrounds Great Camp Sagamore, once the summer retreat of the Alfred Vanderbilt family, and now a National Historic Landmark.
For more information about and to book a spot e-mail [email protected], visit Camp Sagamore’s website, or call (315) 240-7568 until May 9th, and (315) 354-5311 extension 21 after May 9th.