Sunday, May 26, 2024

Olympic-style event celebrates 100 years of Northville-Placid Trail, May 31-June 2

Northville, NY – Fulton County Tourism, together with the Village of Northville, will kickoff a three-day, Olympic-style event celebrating 100 years of the Northville-Placid Trail beginning Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2. Attendees of this village-wide event can expect a variety of historic, adventuresome, educational, and informational activities such as, stocking lake trout, a kids’ fishing derby, art, museums, vendors, music, live concerts, food, crafts, bounce houses, storytelling, book signing, NPT Trail speakers, exhibits, shopping, restaurants, and fireworks on Saturday, June 1 at dusk.

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Fifty-one bird species banded at Crown Point, including two juvenile Red Crossbills

Girl releases banded bird

I spent the week at the Crown Point Banding Station where we had enough rain on a couple of days that we had to close the nets. One night a thunderstorm rolled through that put me to sleep, but it knocked down some birds that we caught the next morning. Most of the other days it was haphazard. A total of 114 birds were seen or heard in the trees and sky around the site, but many never got into our mist nets. We had a total of 51 different species banded.

We caught a juvenile Red Crossbill; a new bird for the site. There was a small flock of ten or twelve flying around the site, feeding on the big white pinecone crop. We caught a second juvenile the next day. This bird was never on our site list as they would normally be gone north by this time. When they are around and there is a good cone crop, they will nest and have young during the winter months, as do White-Winged Crossbills and Pine Siskins.

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Adirondack Nature Festival for People with Disabilities set for Sept. 7

Saranac Lake, NY – The first annual Adirondack Nature Festival for People with Disabilities will be held this coming fall at the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center, on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The festival is a free and accessible event, that is planned to run rain or shine.

“Access to nature can be challenging for people with disabilities and the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center is a great location which includes trails that have gentler terrain and a wheelchair accessible trail,” said Helene Gibbens, co-chair of the festival’s planning committee.

The event is dedicated to bringing together people with disabilities, their families, friends, companions and supporters throughout the North Country region to celebrate and experience the uplifting power of community and nature, and to be a source of inspiration for each other.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Ironman Event to Continue in Lake Placid Through 2027

Scene at Ironman Lake Placid, 2013. photo by Nancie BattagliaIRONMAN and the Village of Lake Placid, the Town of North Elba and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) have agreed to a three-year partnership renewal to keep the iconic and longstanding Athletic Brewing IRONMAN® Lake Placid triathlon in the Adirondacks through 2027. The agreement will benefit communities, event participants, businesses, and nonprofits in the region.

“The IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon is one of the region’s premier, large-scale events,” said Town of North Elba Supervisor Derek Doty. “This year it’s celebrating its 25th year which is an incredible milestone. Our community is proud to be part of the longest-running IRONMAN event in the contiguous US and we are excited to surpass that milestone over the next three years with the renewal of this contract.”

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Whiteface region to host bike and foot races this June

Whiteface MTB participants

 

Whiteface Uphill Bike Race now includes handcycle division

Wilmington, NY – The Whiteface Region of Upstate New York is gearing up to host a number of race events. The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike and Foot races, the Wilmington Whiteface Mountain Bike Race, and the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run all take place during the month of June.

According to Michelle Preston, director of the Whiteface Visitors Bureau, the events entice participants from throughout the Northeast who love the region’s natural beauty and challenging courses.

“This is such an exciting time in Wilmington,” she said. “The races provide an opportunity to showcase the Wilmington community, the area’s rugged backcountry terrain, amazing Adirondack scenery, and our growing mountain bike trail network. We are really excited about the addition of a handcycle division to one of the bike races.”

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Saranac Lake’s ‘Round the Mountain race draws record 102 boats

Paddling team

Saranac Lake, NY— The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) hosted the 2024 ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race on Saturday, May 11, drawing a record 102 boats for the annual spring paddling tradition.

Matthew Skeels of Canton, NY, posted the fastest time of the day, completing the 10.5-mile course in 1:25:30. TheRound the Mountain begins at Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake, crosses to Second Pond, through the Lower Locks to Oseetah Lake and finishes on Lake Flower.

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

DEC Releases Final Recreation Management Plan for Big Moose Tract Conservation Easement

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Plan Maintains and Improves Upon Current Public Recreational Access on Easement Lands

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the final recreation management plan (RMP) for the Big Moose Tract Conservation Easement in the town of Webb, Herkimer County. The RMP guides public recreation management on the 23,850-acre property, consistent with the encumbering conservation easement.

The Big Moose Tract contains commercially managed forestland, several small ponds, portions of Birch, Fourth, Sunday, and Twitchell creeks, the Independence River, and the west branch of the Beaver River. Under the terms of an RMP, a trail to the Stillwater Mountain fire tower and 12.4 miles of public snowmobile trails are open to the public.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

DEC Advises Boaters of Construction-Related Delays Affecting Access to Saranac Chain of Lakes

construction being done on an Adirondack lake

Boaters Should Expect Delays and Limited Launching Access at Second Pond Boat Launch and Upper Locks

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an ongoing construction project at the Upper Locks on the Saranac Chain of Lakes in the Adirondacks is causing launch delays at the construction loading zone at the Second Pond boat launch. Rehabilitation of the Upper Locks began in 2023 and is expected to conclude this summer.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Fishing Tournaments Land Economic Boost For The Lake Champlain Region

fisherman on a boat

Ticonderoga, NY – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), in coordination with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC), has released the results of the 2023 Lake Champlain Region bass tournament survey, developed to assess the economic impact of the region’s fishing tournaments.

Overall economic impact of the fishing tournaments in 2023 was substantial. Visitors contributed positively to the local economy, with an estimated total spend in Essex County amounting to more than $2 million. The Ticonderoga area and Lake Champlain Region typically host 30-40 tournaments between May and October each year, depending on each tournament’s rotation of contracted locations, with many of these tournaments attracting hundreds of participants.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Placing loon platforms & reminiscing about nabbing a tom turkey in ’92

Man with turkey

I saw my first blackfly in the air while working in the View Art Center gardens in Old Forge last week. It was only one, but I’m sure there are more to come. They were down by the pond when I fed the trout last night. We had three mornings in the twenties this week which put a skim of ice on the bird bath, but didn’t harm the growing flowers, so far that I can see. Many more wildflowers put out blooms as the sun came out on a couple of those days.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Walleye, Northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge fishing season begins May 1

Northern Pike

On April 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the fishing season for walleye, Northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge begins on May 1.

“New York is home to exceptional coolwater fishing opportunities, with many lakes and rivers renowned for abundant walleye and aggressive pike and pickerel,” said Interim Commissioner Mahar. “We hope that all anglers find the time to enjoy these fishing opportunities in 2024 and encourage those with more experience to share their enjoyment by introducing someone new to the sport.”

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Parking reservations required May 1 to Oct. 31 for Route 73 corridor trails

Gates to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve.

On April 16, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) announced the parking reservation system to promote safe access to trails in the Route 73 corridor will resume May 1, following a successful season in 2023. Since the launch of the parking reservation system in 2021, more than 52,500 users have registered at AMR’s website to make parking reservations.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Cobble Hill Trail in Lake Placid temporarily closed weekdays through May 3

Trail Work Sign on Cobble Hill Trail in Lake Placid

Lake Placid, NY — Professional trail work at Cobble Hill in Lake Placid resumed April 15, 2024, and is expected to continue for three weeks while Tahawus Trails focuses on making major improvements to the steepest section of trail, including the rock slab. The work will entail moving large boulders.

The trail will be temporarily closed weekdays from Monday, April 15, through Friday, May 3, to give the trail crew the space and time they need to work safely and efficiently. The trail will be open on weekends during this time. Current information will be posted on AllTrails, a mobile trail app.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Paul Smiths: Inaugural Adirondack Youth Paddling Symposium set for July

kids in canoes

Symposium includes four days of beginner instruction for kids ages 8-15

Paul Smiths, NY — The inaugural Adirondack Youth Paddling Symposium is set for July 15-18 at the Paul Smith’s College Alumni Campground. Presented by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), Matt Burnett Guiding, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters and NRS, the Youth Paddling Symposium will provide four days of beginner instruction for kids ages 8-15.

“This is an opportunity for kids who’ve never paddled or camped before to learn the basics,” said Matt Burnett. “We shouldn’t take for granted that people who grow up in wild places intrinsically know the skills needed for overnight adventures in the woods. Our goal with this Symposium is to help newcomers get their feet wet — figuratively and literally — in a safe and supportive environment.”

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Registration open for 2024 Adirondack Paddling Symposium set for June 14-17

Two paddlers prep for Adirondack Paddling Symposium.

Registration is open for the 2024 Adirondack Paddling Symposium, set for June 14-17 in Saranac Lake, NY. The Symposium’s goal is simple: to build skills to further paddling enjoyment. Event organizers focus on the beginner to intermediate paddler and, by choosing patient and caring instructors, establish an environment of encouragement that is judgement free and truly furthers the enjoyment created by paddling.

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