Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Ironman Lake Placid Traffic Impact: Road Closures and Traffic Delays Expected

Ironman participant running

Lake Placid, NY (July 17, 2024) – The 25th Ironman Lake Placid will take place on Sunday, July 21; its course is defined along roads throughout Lake Placid, Keene, Jay, Upper Jay, Au Sable Forks and Wilmington. New York State Police traffic control, in collaboration with Ironman officials, have established the local road closure and traffic impact schedule.

Traffic pattern changes and delays will impact Lake Placid and surrounding communities as some regional routes, and specific lanes along certain routes, are closed to automobile traffic. Temporary road closures will begin at 5:00 a.m.; please use caution and expect delays.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

DEC Species Spotlight: Smallmouth Bass

A person displays a smallmouth bass

Whether you are an avid fisherman or a first-timer, it never hurts to expand your knowledge of the favored past-time including basic fish identification, how to scope out ideal fishing spots, fish handling pointers, and other tips. Learn more about smallmouth bass by checking out this species spotlight courtesy of a recent New York State Department of Conservation’s The Fishing Line segment. Happy fishing!

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Monday, July 15, 2024

DEC to offer mobility chairs for visitors with disabilities at Camp Santanoni beginning July 19

two wheelchairs

On July 10, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the launch of a Mobility Device Reservation Pilot Program for qualified individuals with disabilities to reserve and use an electrically powered wheelchair device free of charge to access the Camp Santanoni Historic Area in Newcomb, Essex County. This pilot program offers a new option for people with disabilities and allows DEC to gather feedback from program users as part of efforts to advance a long-term and sustainable approach to improve access to this historic site. The pilot program will run on alternating weekends, Friday through Sunday, July 19 through Oct. 13, as well as holiday Mondays Sept. 2 and Oct. 14.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Reminder that a fed bear is a dead bear; loon eggs chilled due to flooding

Viper’s Bugloss

It was a busy Fourth of July weekend with the town busting at the seams. The weather was good for the most part and it only rained at night. The three bears that were hanging around here most of the spring moved into Limekiln Campsite. There was more food for the taking in some campsites. One small bear was being fed by hand and becoming a problem. I should say that the people who were feeding him were the problem, but they cannot be put down as he was.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Jenkins Mountain Scramble set for Paul Smith’s College VIC on Aug. 10

Racers run through a wooded trail

Recreationists are encouraged to challenge themselves with Paul Smith’s College VIC’s most notable trail race, the Jenkins Mountain Scramble set for Aug. 10. Runners have two race options: a 10k and a half marathon. This event is intended for all adventure seekers, from seasoned trail runners to first-timers. Pre-registration closes Aug. 3 at 11:59 p.m. Walk-in registration on the day of the race should be available. See below for race details:

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Monday, July 8, 2024

1959 Canoe Trip: Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake

Map, Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake

Barbara and I were married in early June, 1958. For our first anniversary, we decided to take a canoe trip from Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake. Even though I had spent six summers in the Adirondacks, I had never been there in May or June – black fly season.
Using telephone and mail, we reserved a canoe at a boat livery in Old Forge. We first drove to Blue Mountain Lake where we asked at the gas station at the intersection of NY routes 28 and 28N if we could leave our car in their parking lot for a few days. They were fine with that.

We then began hitchhiking back to Old Forge. It was a dreary day without many people around. A couple passed and indicated with their hands that they would like to pick us up, but their car was full. After a while, a man stopped and offered us a ride. As we headed south, we asked him if he knew the weather forecast. He turned on his radio but couldn’t get any reception. He pulled to the side of the road and asked me if I would put his antenna up. As I got out of the car, Barbara came piling out saying she would help me. She was sure he was planning on driving away with her in the car. I said I didn’t need any help.

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Saturday, July 6, 2024

Basic Navigation Class returns to Paul Smith’s VIC on July 18

Man stands on a hiking trail in the woods

For many years, particularly while I lived in Oregon and cross-country skied, it was my ambition to learn how to navigate with a compass. I love maps. The first time I drove cross country was in 1979, from Pennsylvania to Oregon. In those days of course, we did not have cell phones, a GPS, or Google Maps. But I did have a road map, and a healthy fear of getting lost. To this day, I don’t go anywhere without a road map as backup in my car. 

As a volunteer, I wanted to share that once again Paul Smith’s VIC will be offering the opportunity to learn Basic Land Navigation skills. The class will be held on Thursday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $75. Register online here. 

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

DEC issues Notice of Violation to North Country Dairy for contributing to outbreak of sewer fungus in Deer River

nys dec logo

On July 2, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a Notice of Violation to North Country Dairy for contributing to the contravention of State water quality standards. In addition to the enforcement action, DEC undertook a detailed technical review of North Country Dairy’s wastewater and treatment technologies to ensure pending modifications to the facility’s permit protect the receiving water.

“Immediately following the outbreak of Leptomitus lacteus in the Deer River, DEC experts launched an investigation to identify its underlying causes, resulting in the enforcement action announced today,” Region 6 Director Randall Young said. “Our team will continue to take appropriate action to restore and protect the river and the surrounding community.”

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

ADKX to host Halfway in Hamilton event July 9 in celebration of 100th anniversary of Northville-Placid Trail

Two hikers on a trail

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT), a 138-mile route that transverses the Adirondack Park, those who have hiked any part of the trail are invited to put on their best hiking apparel for a celebration and a once-in-100-years photo (with a goal of 138 hikers to mark all 138 miles!) at the Adirondack Experience (ADKX), which is located near the halfway mark of the trail in Hamilton County.

The NPT immerses hikers in adventure, wilderness, and history. The Halfway in Hamilton celebration includes a day of meaningful activities on Tuesday, July 9 that offer a connection to nature, the hiking community, and the history/memorable journeys along the NPT. Beginning at 10 am, participants can partake in a guided nature walk with Naturalist, Adirondack Guide, and author Ed Kanze and ADKX Collections Manager Doreen Alessi-Holmes along a section of the NPT in the Blue Mountain Wilderness Area.

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Monday, July 1, 2024

Paddling on a Very Blustery Day

Canoeing on a lake

When one is away for a significant amount of time, familiar places are appreciated with new eyes.

There is little question that having a secluded waterway a few steps from one’s door is a great blessing. Even when the wind is blowing a little harder than a spoiled paddler might like, the water calls.

Once in the canoe paddling upwind, shoulders began to protest. “Shut up, sinews. The fabled Dave L. would never let a little discomfort dissuade him from paddling.”

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Friday, June 28, 2024

DEC Reminds Visitors to Focus on Safety as Summer Hiking Season Begins

Gothics Mountain

Being Prepared Before Heading Out is the Best Way to Ensure Arriving Home Safely

On June 27, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar reminded visitors to New York’s outdoor spaces to focus on safety before heading out to outdoor adventures in the State’s wild and beautiful destinations. As this summer’s recreational season begins, DEC continues to advance actions to promote public safety and improve visitor experience.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Fish for free June 29-30

A man fishing with two boys

Folks are encouraged to try fishing for the first time or take someone else fishing this weekend, June 29-30, when anyone aged 16 and older can fish the fresh waters of New York State, no license required. Note: Kids under 16 can always fish for free, and all other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

Don’t have fishing equipment? Borrow fishing gear for the day from one of many statewide providers through the I FISH NY program, which seeks to increase fishing participation and awareness of statewide fishing opportunities. The website also provides links to other fish education programs, free fish clinics and guides, as well as “How to” videos. With more than 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, there are plenty of places to try freshwater fishing in New York State. Visit “Places to Fish” for ideas on places to go.

Photo at top: NYS DEC photo.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon slated for June 29


The Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 8 a.m. Established in 1983, the race welcomes approximately 700 participants each year and features 5 different races: tinman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run); aquabike (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike); team relay (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run); Olympic (0.94-mile swim, 24-mile bike, 6.2-mile run); and a sprint (0.6-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike, 3.1 -mile run).

The event attracts participants from the local region along with many who travel great distances to take part. The Town of Tupper Lake will host an expo during Friday’s athlete check-in at the Tupper Lake Civic Center, where High Peaks Cyclery will be on hand to assist with any last-minute items that the racers may need.

Tinman is sponsored by the Town of Tupper Lake Recreation Department, which also organizes and deploys hundreds of volunteers to help manage event logistics.

Check-in for the race begins on Friday, June 28 from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. There is limited check-in available on race day, beginning at 5:30 a.m.

Visit or the Tinman’s Facebook page for more information about the race.

Photo at top: Tupper Lake Tinman 2022. Photo Credit: ROOST.

Monday, June 17, 2024

DEC alerts recreationists of heat advisory in ADKs June 18-20

10 hiking essentials

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is urging outdoor recreators to plan accordingly this week as high temperatures—of 90+ degrees—are forecast for this Tuesday through Thursday in the Adirondacks.

Hikers should be prepared with at least 2 liters of water and ideally a water filter. Take plenty of breaks and eat salty snacks to keep your electrolytes in check. Since pets have a harder time staying cool, especially on hot rocks, it may be best to leave them at home. Also consider staying home yourself and rescheduling your hike for a day with cooler temperatures.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Registration open for June 22 Tupper Lake 8-Miler paddling race

Paddlers on the water

Tupper Lake, NY— The Tupper Lake 8-Miler Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race is set for Saturday, June 22, celebrating 10 years. This annual paddling race starts at the Town of Tupper Lake Boat Launch on State Route 30. The course takes paddlers under the Route 30 bridge, up the Raquette River to the Oxbow, and then back to the boat launch. The event is a New York Paddlesports Race Association points race for canoes and kayaks. The entry fee is $30, and the first 50 registrants will receive a t-shirt. To register in advance, visit Onsite registration will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the day of the race.

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