Saturday, September 4, 2021

Ausable River Association Canoe Raffle and upcoming events

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WILMINGTON — The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is holding a raffle to win a Placid Boatworks Oseetah Ulstralight solo canoe. The canoe was donated to AsRA by Joe Moore, owner of Placid Boatworks, to raise funds in support of AsRA’s innovative, science-based programs that protect our streams and lakes.

The Oseetah is a relatively new model for Placid Boatworks, first introduced in 2019. It’s a slightly downsized version of their most popular design, the Rapidfire, making it the perfect high-performance tripper for shorter trips or those looking to shed a little weight off their canoe. At 14 feet long and 20 pounds, the Oseetah is light, elegant, and are as easy and fun to paddle as they are to portage.
ausable river canoe raffle“This beautiful sapphire canoe is hand-built right here in the Ausable watershed” said Kelley Tucker, AsRA’s Executive Director. “We are so grateful to Joe, a past board member, and the Placid Boatworks team for gifting us this beautiful canoe and allowing us to raffle it to benefit the streams and lakes throughout the region.”

The Oseetah Ultralight solo canoe retails for $3,350. Raffle tickets are 1 for $10 and 6 for $50. Drawing for the canoe will take place at AsRA’s annual Friendraiser event on September 23, though the winner need not be present to win. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, or by downloading a raffle ticket order form and returning to AsRA via email or postal service. Tickets are also available at select regional events. To learn more about the canoe and the ticket purchase process, please visit

The annual Ausable River Cleanup will take place on Friday, September 17th

The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with Adirondack River RentalsCasella Waste Systems, and One Tree Planted, will host the Ausable River Cleanup on Friday, September 17th in Peru, NY. The day will be broken down into two shifts: 9am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The cleanup is open to all community members and visitors who want to volunteer their time to help restore and protect the Ausable River by removing trash in and along the banks of the Main Stem Ausable River near Carpenter’s Flats.

Providing your own boat is encouraged, however Adirondack River Rentals will provide canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards to participants who need them. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided as well, but bringing your own gloves is also encouraged.

The cleanup will begin at Adirondack River Rentals at 3004 US 9, Peru, NY at 9:00am or 1:00pm depending on your shift. For more information and to sign up, please email and indicate which shift you would prefer.

Annual Celebration to Celebrate Our Watersheds

Join the Ausable River Association’s staff, board, and fellow supporters at the beautiful Ampersand Bay Resort (pictured above) to celebrate our efforts on behalf of healthy streams, clean water, biodiverse habitats, and vibrant communities.

Wednesday, September 22nd (note: new date) – 5:00 to 8:00 pm  – 31 Bayside Dr, Saranac Lake, NY. For directions, click here.

The evening includes delicious hors d’oeuvres from Lakeview Deli, beer from Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, and wine from Terry Robards Wine & Spirits, a hands-on fly-casting workshop, interactive demonstrations of our stream and lake monitoring, a silent auction, and the drawing for that sweet Placid Boatworks raffle canoe! Know someone who would be interested in supporting our work? Bring them along!

A huge thank you Skyward Hospitality for sponsoring this event. RSVP here!

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