Friday, June 17, 2016

SUP Fest, Guideboat Panel, Cardboard Boat Race On Tap

cardboard boatsThe final week of a month-long celebration of paddling and water-based activities kicks off this weekend in Saranac Lake with the Adirondack SUP Festival at Lake Colby beach.

The SUP festival, which is organized by Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, starts Friday and continues until Sunday. The festival will feature tours, clinics, gear demos, and races.

Overall, there were 15 activities scheduled for Saranac Lake in June, including a Northern Forest Canoe Trail paddling festival last weekend. Several more activities are still to come.

On Tuesday, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters owners Dave and Rivka Cilley will give a presentation about the paddling trips they have taken outside the Adirondacks. The slideshow will take place at the Left Bank Café in Saranac Lake. Locations that will be covered include Everglades National Park, Florida Rivers, and Bowron Lakes Provincial Park. Both dinner, snack and drink options will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

On Wednesday, traditional Adirondack guideboat builders Chris Woodward, Jim Cameron and Allison Warner will talk about their craft in a panel-style discussion at the Historic Saranac Lake building on Church Street in Saranac Lake. The trio will discuss their early influences, current state of the guideboat, and other relevant issues. This event was organized by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in partnership with Historic Saranac Lake.

On Thursday, Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters will lead an evening kayak tour on an area water body. Reservations required for this activity, so call in advance to go on this trip.

On Friday, Dewey Mountain will be hosting a “Build a Cardboard Boat session from 3:30-6:30 p.m.” at the Dewey base lodge. Building materials, including cardboard and duct tape, will be available for builders. This is a family-friendly event. The boats are being made for Saturday’s cardboard boat race.

On Saturday, Adirondack Lakes and Trails will host the first-ever Corrugated Cup Cardboard Boat Race on Lake Flower. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and races start at 10:30 a.m. Participants are required to bring their own homemade cardboard boat. There will be several awards given out including “best in show” and “most spectacular sinking.” See here for rules and regulations.

The proceeds from this event go to the Northern Forest Explorers program run by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. This program gives a local youth the opportunity to spend a week outside paddling, camping, learning outdoor skills and testing themselves on adventure courses designed especially for young people. Scholarships are available for children between the ages of 10 and 14 years old.

Saturday afternoon, the activities continue with a river clean up on the Saranac River, beginning near the Lake Flower Dam and continuing downstream. Volunteers are being asked to arrive at the Saranac Lake village parking lot on Dorsey Street at 1 p.m., and plan to be off the water no later than 5 p.m. Following the clean-up, there will be free BBQ at Riverside Park on Lake Flower.  The event is being coordinated by St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Tyler Merriam at 518.891.1838 or [email protected]

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