Posts Tagged ‘Northern Forest Canoe Trail’

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Seventeen thru-paddlers recognized for traversing the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Two paddlers in a canoe on a lake

2023 sets mark for largest class to date

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has announced its roster of 2023 thru-paddlers, the largest class in a single year to date. Seventeen people paddled the 740-mile water route from end to end in 2023. The trail begins in Old Forge, N.Y., and ends in Fort Kent, Maine, connecting New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine, showcasing the mix of landscapes and communities currently lining the traditional routes used by Indigenous peoples, settlers and guides; it is the longest in-land water trail in the nation.

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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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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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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Outdoor recreation advocates seek input on waterway accessibility

90-Miler paddlers navigate their way through Raquette Lake.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and the Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program of the National Parks Service are partnering on a survey to better understand accessibility along the waterways of the Northern Forest region.

The goal of the partnership between the NFCT and RTCA is to improve access for adaptive paddlers and anyone with a disability or mobility challenge interested in paddlesports. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Accessibility Survey represents the first step in the planning process for this project.

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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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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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Sunday, March 17, 2024

NFCT expands stewardship staff, offers new volunteer opportunities 

A work crew builds docks


New staff will support projects in four states; nine volunteer work trips planned

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has announced its stewardship programming for the 2024 season, which will be supported by a growing professional staff and provide opportunities for as many as 50 volunteers to help steward the waterways along the trail.

The NFCT is a nonprofit organization that stewards a 740-mile water trail that weaves through New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. Projects this year span from the Saranac Lakes in the Adirondacks to Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway. With an ambitious slate of work scheduled, the NFCT has hired an assistant trail director and an Allagash crew leader to support its work.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Registration open for June 14-17 Adirondack Paddling Symposium

Instructor Jason Smith, owner of Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters in Saranac Lake, NY, helps a paddler hone their roll technique. (Photo provided by the NFCT.)

Saranac Lake, NY — Registration is open for the 2024 Adirondack Paddling Symposium, June 14-17 in Saranac Lake, NY.

Presented by NRS and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), the Symposium is a comprehensive weekend of paddling instruction for beginners and intermediates, and includes course tracks for kayaks, pack boats, stand-up paddleboards and canoes. The Harrietstown Town Hall in downtown Saranac Lake serves as the Symposium’s headquarters. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

NFCT hiring for 2024 stewardship season

Northern Forest Canoe trail team at Gorham Dam in NH

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is now hiring to fill out its 2024 stewardship crew. A total of seven positions are available: six paid internships and one crew leader for the Allagash field team. The stewardship crew works with the NFCT‘s year-round staff and volunteers across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine to complete projects that enhance access and protect against environmental degradation along the 740-mile waterway trail that begins in Old Forge, NY, and ends in Fort Kent, Maine.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

NFCT Online Auction Supports Stewardship and Programming

Northern Forest Canoe Trail logo.

— The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) hosts its annual online auction Nov. 15-30 to support stewardship and programming along the 740-mile water trail connecting New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine.

Every year, the auction features outdoor gear and experiences donated by NFCT partners and supporters. Highlights include a cedar strip canoe donated by Grant Faller, gift cards from L.L. Bean, gear from NRS and much more.
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Saturday, October 28, 2023

NFCT Completes Stewardship Projects Across Northeast

Staff and volunteers take a well-earned break after constructing new stone steps to a campsite on Lake Champlain's Valcour Island.

Staff, volunteers implement 20 projects in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) wrapped up its 2023 stewardship season earlier this fall, completing 20 projects across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The NFCT’s stewardship crew consists of a stewardship director, field coordinator, paid interns and dozens of volunteers. Projects are carried out in collaboration with state environmental agencies, municipalities, foundations and corporate partners, as well as private landowners. The NFCT’s work is implemented along the woods and waters of the 740-mile canoe trail that begins in Old Forge, NY, and ends in Fort Kent, Maine. In recent years, the NFCT has expanded its stewardship program to include nearby waterways. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Volunteers Upgrade Historic Portage and Campsites

SARANAC LAKE, NY — The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has completed critical restoration of the historic Indian Carry portage connecting Stony Creek Ponds and Upper Saranac Lake, enhancing safety for users and protecting against environmental degradation.
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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Adirondack area school district, non-profits welcome new hires


Loon on Adirondack lake

Several Adirondack area non-profit organizations and school districts have recently welcomed new staff members including The Adirondack Council and Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Adirondack Sports Council, and the Raquette Lake Union Free School District. Please see below for details on these new hires and look for another roundup of new staff announcements on The Adirondack Almanack website tomorrow.


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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Saranac River projects impact access for paddlers, other users this fall

Northern Forest Canoe Trail logo.


Several projects along the Saranac River section of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) will impact access for paddlers and other users this fall. The projects include construction on Casey Road, a dam removal near Indian Rapids, and a fish ladder being installed at Imperial Mills Dam.

“Our community partners have done great work to inform us of the impact these projects will have on users,” said NFCT Stewardship Director Noah Pollock. “We want to be sure that paddlers, anglers and other outdoor recreationists know about this work and adjust their plans accordingly — the goal is to keep people safe and informed. Ultimately, these projects will enhance these sections of the Saranac River and we’re excited to see them come to fruition.” » Continue Reading.

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