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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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Poached Trout

Drawing for trout season

Folks have sometimes asked me, regarding my writing persona, “What’s with the whole Adirondack Outlaw thing?”

I always smile & chuckle to myself when I hear that. Governmental agencies, rich people & grown-ups fool themselves into thinking they have the power to make all the rules and control everything. Young boys schooled in the ways of the mountains learn differently.  That’s not their fault. That’s the grown-ups’ fault. Grown-ups’ primary motivation and focus manifests itself in an unending series of laws of denial and posted signs.

All an Adirondack boy wants to do is go fishing.

“Show me an Adirondack kid with a bike & a rod, and I’ll show you an outlaw.”

Another trout season is upon us.  Time to go fishing.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

An Early Spring Irving Pond Cross-Country Ski Trip

I decided to take advantage of Saturday’s (March 23) snow dump and go cross-country skiing today, March 26. Last year when I tried to ski, the sole fell off a pair of brand new boots that had been in my closet. Since 3 pin boots are no longer an option, a local shop put new bindings on my 80s skis (which I refuse to part with). Good thing I tried to put the new boots in the new bindings before I left the house! I could not figure them out–I finally had to watch a video because once one boot was in, I could not figure out how to release it.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Kay Jones among 4 inducted into USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame

From left: Dave Jones III, Maura Jones, Kathryn Jones-McQuillan, Barbara Benware, Genevieve Benware, Margaret Jones, Dave Jones, and Linda Jones in the Mountain Lodge.

Lake Placid, NY – In front of family members and many friends, Lake Placid’s Kay Jones, bobsled photographer from the 1960s into the 1980s, was inducted posthumously Saturday evening, March 23,  into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame.

Three generations of the Jones family were in attendance celebrating their mother’s and grandmother’s induction. During the ceremony, held in the new Mountain Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, attendees heard interviews of Jones with ABC Television’s Jim McKay and Curt Gowdy, conducted during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Jones was hired by the Associated Press to photograph the Olympic competitions.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Spring Trout Fishing Season Begins April 1

Trout Power volunteer holds a brook trout.

On March 22, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers of the April 1 start of the trout fishing season, a spring tradition bolstered by DEC’s extensive stocking program and New York’s world-renowned wild trout fisheries. DEC’s spring trout stocking, which began in March and runs through early June, will include more than 1.9 million trout being stocked in waters statewide, enhancing the diversity of excellent fishing opportunities available to anglers in New York State.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Paddling group urges safety, environmental responsibility during eclipse

 NFCT Board Chair Warren Whitney

By Northern Forest Canoe Trail Board Chair Warren Whitney

The April 8 total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will be viewed by millions, many of whom will flock to remote wilderness and rural areas, including much of the Northeast — an exciting moment, to be sure, but also one that warrants responsible use of our wild spaces, and some advance planning.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) spans 740 miles of waterways and trails from Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine; the entire trail aligns with the path of the solar eclipse. As the nonprofit responsible for stewardship of this trail, and an organization that promotes paddling to people of all backgrounds, we’re excited about the eclipse. We also strongly urge people to take extra heed of Leave No Trace principles, as unusually high traffic can have a negative impact on the environment.

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

Saranac Lake’s ‘Round the Mountain Weekend set for May 10-12

paddlers on a lake

Saranac Lake, NY – The annual ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race is set for Saturday, May 11, part of a full weekend of paddling activities in Saranac Lake.

Hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) with support from over a dozen partners, ‘Round the Mountain Weekend features the traditional Saturday race as well as the Freshet Film Festival, a paddler mixer and a community paddle.

“Saranac Lake is one of the busiest NFCT trail towns, hosting several of our marquee events and serving as a hub for paddlesports in upstate New York,” said Karrie Thomas, executive director of the NFCT. “The ‘Round the Mountain race is a mainstay of spring in the Adirondacks and this year we’re excited to team with our local partners to add more activities to round out the weekend.”

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Winter arrives for end of March; appreciating local art for over 30 years


Weather for the end of March is up and down the scale on the thermometer. [As it is predicted, there’s] not much above freezing with some kind of precipitation, [including] snow, freezing rain, rain to snow, and snow to rain for all but two days the rest of this month. The folks to the west of us got the brunt of the weather before the weekend with ice balls the size of baseballs and two feet of snow in places. [We are] getting all our winter in a week I guess, with temperatures near record lows for the whole winter. [Considering] the temperature difference between the north and south, there is a good chance of violent storms and tornadoes. I don’t think there was a month all winter that there weren’t some violent weather happenings or tornadoes some place in the country (and other places worldwide.)

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Registration open for Inlet’s Sept. 14 One Square Mile of Hope event

Thousands of kayaks and canoes on a lake

It’s been ten years since Inlet recaptured the Guinness World Record for the largest canoe & kayak raft on a body of water. [Inlet’s] usual routine is to wait until another group breaks [their] record and then redo it. However, [their] record of 3,150 boats appears to be insurmountable! Over the past ten years, attempts have taken place to dethrone [them], but not one even came within 1,000 boats of [the] record.

[Inlet officials] have had so many requests to bring back the event, that a group of interested individuals came forward to help [them] break [their] own record. This 10th anniversary attempt will take place on Fourth Lake, followed by a celebration at Arrowhead Park with music, raffles, health and wellness information and demonstrations, and much more. » Continue Reading.

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