Thursday, June 20, 2019

UPDATED: Stretch of Saranac River Reopened to Boating

saranac river paddlerUPDATE: The Saranac River is now reopened to boating between the Lower Lock and Second Pond Boat Launch. This section of river was closed on Thursday because of extremely low waters levels that made this section of the river impassable. DEC said the sluice gate was damaged by vandals.

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers are investigating this incident and ask that members of the public with information about the act of vandalism contact (518) 897-1326.

Photo of Saranac River paddler courtesy DEC.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

EV Chargers Now in Keene; Plans Floated for Marcy Field, Route 73

elelctric car

Two Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed on the Route 73 corridor: one in the hamlet of Keene, the other in Keene Valley.

Both are easy to use and have industry standard Level 2 chargers that support virtually any EV on the road today – users need only to plug in. There is a donation box at each charger to cover electricity costs. The requested donation is about the equivalent of $1.00 per gallon of gasoline. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Reports

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Historic 1930s Girl Scout Camp Reopens to Campers

eagle island camp 2016

After a decade of disuse, the 116-year-old National Historic Landmark on Eagle Island will again be a children’s summer camp. Eagle Island Camp is starting small and with two one-week sessions of day camp for 4th, 5th, or 6th graders.

Eagle Island Camp is a Great Camp designed by architect William Coulter that contains some of his most notable rustic work. The 30-acre island is located below Upper Saranac Lake’s narrows east of Gilpin Bay. The camp was built in 1903 for Levi P. Morton, U.S. Vice President under Benjamin Harrison and later Governor of New York. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Primitive Tent Site Changes Planned

DEC logoThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)are planning changes to the way in which primitive campsites are sited in the Adirondacks.

The Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan defines a primitive tent site as “a designated tent site of an undeveloped character providing space for not more than three tents, which may have an associated pit privy and fire ring, designed to accommodate a maximum of eight people on a temporary or transient basis, and located so as to accommodate the need for shelter in a manner least intrusive on the surrounding environment.” » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Challenge Lets Hikers Step Up for Addiction Medicine

the first Above and Beyond Challenge hikers of the summer on Pinnacle MountainRegistration is open for the Above & Beyond Challenge, which kicks off this month for the second year. Hikers will help raise awareness and generate funds to support the increasing needs of Saratoga Community Health Center’s Addiction Medicine Program. The physician-led program launched in March 2017 and is integrated into the Center’s primary care and behavioral health services.

Nearly 18,000 children and adults in Saratoga County have been estimated to be struggling with substance use disorders and addiction. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

26th Annual ‘Becoming an Outdoors-Woman’ Workshop

becoming an outdoors womanRegistration for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) 26th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop opens Monday, June 17.

The BOW workshop will be held from Sept. 13-15, 2019, at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center on Lake George in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Featured Trail: New Wolf Pond Trail and Lean-to

The Wolf Pond Trail and the Wolf Pond Lean-to are located in the central Adirondack town of North Hudson in Essex County.

Hikers and campers may access the 2.3-mile Wolf Pond Trail from Boreas River/Wolf Pond Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Road near the bridge over the Boreas River. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Father’s Day Frogs and Classic Cars in Old Forge

fathers day car showIf your father appreciates the unique and unusual, perhaps Old Forge should be part of the Father’s Day program. With an all weekend classic/antique car show to an ugly tie fashion show, Old Forge is celebrating the men, caregivers, and mentors in our lives. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Climbers’ Coalition Pushes Back On High Peaks Parking Restrictions

Photo provided by the Adirondack Climbers CoalitionRecreational use in the Adirondack Forest Preserve has been increasing at a noticeable rate for the last several years. Most notably, hiker traffic has exploded in the High Peaks Wilderness and gone beyond the current carrying capacity of many trails and parking areas.

This explosion in hiker traffic has gained the attention of land managers and lawmakers, who this past summer proposed new trails and alternate parking solutions in the amendments for the High Peaks Wilderness Unit Management Plan (HPWUMP). The Adirondack Climbers’ Coalition (ACC) is very concerned about the potential impact of some of these proposed parking changes. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Man Sought In Connection With Ski Center Vandalism

man suspected of causing damage to trails at the Cascade Ski CenterAccording to a press release issued by New York State Police, on June 9, 2019 the New York State Police received a call that an individual had caused damage to trails at the Cascade Ski Center with a vehicle. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 10, 2019

Wilmington Whiskey Run, Heritage Festival and Speakeasy

whiskey run logoThe Wilmington Historical Society is set to host the Wilmington Whiteface Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 15th from 11 am to 4 pm at Festival Field located at 2 Cunningham Lane (just off Springfield Road) in Wilmington.

One of three events happening throughout the day, it is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The Heritage Festival will follow the 3rd annual Whiskey Run event which begins at 9:30 am. The final event of the day is a Speakeasy Soiree at Pourman’s Tap House which will take place from 8 to 11 pm, also free and open to the public.

All three events are benefits for the Wilmington Historical Society which is raising funds for a new history center building. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 9, 2019

DEC Releases Oswegatchie Conservation Easement Plans

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of a Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement (CE). The Oswegatchie CE encompasses approximately 16,929 acres in the towns of Croghan and Diana in Lewis County, including more than 14,000 acres within the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Featured Hike and Paddle: Long Pond Mountain

long pond mountain mapLong Pond Mountain (2,530 feet), located in the St. Regis Canoe Area is a great destination that covers both paddling and hiking in one trip.

The trailhead is located on the shores of Long Pond and can be reached by a paddling 1.5 miles from the main Long Pond hand launch site off Floodwood Road in the St. Regis Canoe Area. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Ranger Reports: Drowned Angler Recovered, Overdue, Lost Hikers

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.



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