Almanack Contributor Mike Tomaszewski

Mike Tomaszewski is an avid Adirondack hiker, camper, paddler, back-country, cross-country, and alpine skier and cyclist. He built his first strip canoe in 1978 and has traveled around the US and many parts of the world, but hasn't found a better combination of water, mountains and history than those in the Adirondacks.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Chain Drain: Paddling The Essex Chain Lakes Outlet

DSC_6486The acquisitions of former Finch, Pruyn lands have created a plethora of paddling opportunities ranging from whitewater dashes to pristine lakes and ponds.

A group of paddling enthusiasts, brought together by the magic of an internet forum, took my suggestions and joined me to paddle the outflow of the Essex Chain Lakes, or more simply, the Chain Drain.

We booked campsites at nearby Lake Harris for the sake of convenience and the size of our group. Groups of us began trickling in to the campsite on a Friday, the first day of the 2016 camping season at Lake Harris campground. All were greeted by warm, sunny skies and a multitude of black flies.

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