Thursday, June 20, 2019

UPDATED: Stretch of Saranac River Reopened to Boating

saranac river paddlerUPDATE: The Saranac River is now reopened to boating between the Lower Lock and Second Pond Boat Launch. This section of river was closed on Thursday because of extremely low waters levels that made this section of the river impassable. DEC said the sluice gate was damaged by vandals.

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers are investigating this incident and ask that members of the public with information about the act of vandalism contact (518) 897-1326.

Photo of Saranac River paddler courtesy DEC.

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5 Responses

  1. Todd says:

    Senseless vandalism. Hopefully they have cameras and will catch the morons

  2. Paul says:

    How is this affecting water levels downstream?

    They should be held accountable for any property damage.

  3. Paul says:

    Also, can the state legally close a navigable river even if the water is low?

    It always used to be lower than it is now up there.

  4. adkresident says:

    Paul,
    This does seem very odd. If there was a hazard to navigation then they would advise with notification and signage. Perhaps a powerboat could not navigate but you could use your kayak.
    With all the rain I find it hard to believe there are low water levels.
    There is always more to the story.

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