Posts Tagged ‘Paddling’

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Naming the Lakes of the Eckford Chain

Ebenezer EmmonsIn the summer of 2017 the League of Extraordinary Adirondack Gentlemen (LEAG) held their annual camp-out at Great Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake.

I met there, for the first time, a gentleman new to the group. As a result of this meeting, he and I decided to expand our friendship and paddle the Eckford Chain: Raquette, Utowana, Eagle, and Blue Mountain lakes.

We set out one fine August morning from Raquette Lake, crossed the lake, and proceeded up the Marion River, through the carry, putting back in at the Utowana dock, continuing through Utowana Lake into Eagle Lake, and then into Blue Mountain Lake and pulled-out at the Blue Mountain beach.

Our conversation (and questions) turned to the name Eckford Chain of Lakes.  » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Peter Bauer: Ban Motors on Weller Pond

Weller Pond and Little Weller Pond should be a quiet-waters area off limits to motorboats, accessible only by non-motorized craft. These ponds could offer a peaceful and beautiful refuge from the heavily used and extremely popular Saranac Lakes chain.

It would be easy to do. New York State owns the entire shoreline around both ponds. The state also owns the lands around the navigable channel that connects these ponds to Middle Saranac Lake. And the state has the authority to close these ponds to motorized boat traffic; it simply needs the will to do so. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

19 Crews Meet The Otter Creek Challenge

otter creek challengeOn a chilly Saturday, November 4th, 19 crews comprised of 132 youth rowers from eight Vermont schools participated in this year’s Otter Creek Challenge – a youth rowing race sponsored by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

The race is held annually at the Vergennes Basin just below the Vergennes Falls. Experienced and intermediate rowers raced 1.5 miles downstream and then returned upstream to the Basin. Novice rowers rowed a slightly shorter course of two miles round-trip. Due to recent rains, the falls and the current were raging making it a challenge to set a starting line. Once off and rowing, the boats traveled down the creek and rounded the buoy to confront a stiff two to three knot current on the upstream leg. All of the youth rowers finished the race in this challenging conditions. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tupper Lake Dams: The Dammedest Place

Mike PrescottTAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, will host a lunchtime program, TAUNY Talk & Taste: “Tupper Lake Dams: The Dammedest Place” with Mike Prescott on Tuesday, October 3, from 12 to 1 pm. TAUNY’s current exhibit tells the stories of the dams and powerhouses built along the Raquette River in the 1950s and more recently.

One alternate plan for the river would have left much of Tupper Lake as we know it under thirty feet of water. Raquette River guide and historian Mike Prescott will give a presentation on the other river – the other Adirondack geography – that might have been. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy a specially crafted meal by Big Spoon Kitchen, inspired by the granola, power bars, water, and fruit that Mike usually takes on a paddle. Big Spoon’s “paddle lunch” will include a healthy wrap, an apple, and their signature chocolate peanut butter power balls. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ausable River Clean-Up Set For Saturday

Ausable River Clean-UpThe Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with the Kayak Shack of Plattsburgh, is hosting a Paddling River Clean-Up Saturday, September 17th in Peru. The clean-up is open to all community members who want to restore and protect the beauty of the Ausable River.

AsRA will be working with the Kayak Shack at their Baggs’ Landing location to remove trash in and along the banks of the Ausable River from Carpenter’s Flats to the mouth at Lake Champlain.

Last year, volunteers removed thirteen bags of trash, large pieces of scrap metal, and over 200 tires from the river and its banks. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tupper Lake Guided Paddle and Brewery Outing Sept 16th

Paddling the Raquette River Axton to Tupper Lake 2008 TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, has invited the community to a guided paddle and brewery outing in Tupper Lake, on Saturday September 16 from 7 am to 4 pm.

The day will start at The TAUNY Center where a bus will take participants to Tupper Lake for a morning paddle and then lunch at the Raquette River Brewing Company. The group will return to The TAUNY Center after lunch. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

90-Miler: 35th Annual Adk Canoe Classic Set for Sept 8-10

90 Miler Mike Lynch PhotoThe 35th Annual Adirondack Canoe Classic, the 3-day, 90-mile paddling event from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, will take place September 8 – 10, 2017. Hosted by the Adirondack Watershed Alliance (AWA), the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Central Adirondack Association, the 90-Miler will again attract a full contingent of solo, tandem, 4 person and 8 person Voyageur canoes, solo and tandem kayaks and one and two person guide boats. More than 600 people, from 22 different states, are expected to participate. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Regional Wildlife Refuge Areas Opened For 16-Days

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that several restricted Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) will be opened to the public in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties from Saturday, August 12, through Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Portions of these WMAs are marked as “Refuge” or “Wetlands Restricted Area” to allow waterfowl and other listed species to breed and raise young without interference from people. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 28, 2017

BluMouLA BuFuRa Paddle Race in Blue Mountain Lake

For the third year, the Blue Mountain Lake Association will be hosting racers of the BluMouLA BuFuRa along the beautiful shores of Blue Mountain, Eagle, and Utowama lakes. This community event pulls together paddlers of all levels and abilities for three races of various lengths. The 14-mile, 7-mile, and a 1.5-mile courses direct participants throughout the bays and channels of the three bodies of water.

According to Blue Mountain Lake Association Race Organizer Andy Coney, the race is open to any canoes, kayaks, guideboats, SUPS and shells. There has even been a war canoe in past events. Registration begins at the Blue Mountain Fire Station on July 30 between 8:30- 10 am with a mass 10:30 am start across the street, at the Blue Mountain Lake town beach. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

William Henry Jackson’s Early Adirondack Color Postcards

1902 Jackson ADK carryOne of the greatest landscape photographers during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century was William Henry Jackson (April 4, 1843 – June 30, 1942). A native son of the Adirondacks Jackson was born in Keeseville, New York to George Jackson and Harriet Allen. Harriet was a talented water-colorist and William inherited her artistic flair. His first job as an artist in 1858 was a re-toucher for a photography studio in Troy New York.

In 1866 after serving in the Civil War, Jackson boarded a Union Pacific train to the end of the line in Omaha, Nebraska. There he entered the photography business. The Union Pacific gave him a commission in 1869 to document the scenery along their routes for promotional purposes. It was this work that was discovered by Ferdinand Hayden who invited Jackson on the 1870 U.S. government survey (predecessor of the U.S. Geologic Survey) of the Yellowstone River and Rocky Mountains. He was also on the 1871 Hayden Geologic Survey which led to the creation of Yellowstone as America’s first National Park. It was Jackson’s images that played an important role in convincing Congress to establish the Park in 1872. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Assembly Underway

The Lily, built in 1915With the widespread use of plastic canoes, it seems as if the art of building wood canoes is all but lost. However, one organization refuses to let the craft die.

The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association is holding its 38th annual gathering at Paul Smith’s College this week.

“People come to show boats and talk about how they restored them,” said Rob Stevens, the association’s program coordinator.

» Continue Reading.


Friday, June 30, 2017

DEC To Reopen Saranac Chain Lower Locks July 1

Repairs and rehabilitation work on the Lower Locks in the Saranac Chain have been completed and the locks will be open for use on July 1.

Improvements included rehabilitating the fill and release doors and the wicket (main) doors, including replacing all seals and bearings; completely replacing the hydraulic system including hydraulic arms, lines and operating system; repairing concrete walls; replacing and re-equipping the Locks Operator Shed; and replacing all tie downs, ropes, and other equipment. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Recent Adirondack Search and Rescue Operations

New 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.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

New Lake Champlain Blueway Trail Guide Now Online

Paddling along the Palisades A recreational water path that extends along the Lake Champlain shoreline between Rouses Point and Whitehall, the Lake Champlain Blueway Trail is a guide for paddlers of more than 90 points of interests — such as parks, wildlife viewing spots, geological curiosities, historic sites, museums, and campgrounds.

The online travel guide weaves historical information, recreational opportunities, paddling tips, boat launches, docking, and marinas. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scholarships Available For Kids Paddling Trips

Northern Forest Explorers paddle the Raquette RiverThere are still open spots in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on 5-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks. Partial and full scholarships are given to children who cannot afford the cost ($500) of the trip.

The Adirondack trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake, in collaboration with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. » Continue Reading.



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