Outdoors

DEC plans new hiking, snowmobile and ski trails

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s program for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is a behemoth of a plan, one that entails changes to numerous existing trails around the area as well as the creation of several new paths for a wide variety of ...

Kim Abrams of Bloomingdale displays the lake trout she caught Thursday while fishing on Lake Champlain.
(Photo provided)

Successful haul on the big lake

SARANAC LAKE — Bloomingdale’s Kim Abrams has had an eye-opening past month of fishing on Lake Champlain. During two trips out on the big lake with her friend, Vermonter Larry Lockerby, Abrams hauled in 14 lake trout, including the whopper she reeled in on Thursday, June ...

The Hoel Pond cartop boat launch, seen here Sunday, would see major changes if the DEC’s plan for the area goes through as envisioned. One change would be to add a wooden slide to make it easier to launch canoes and kayaks.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC to upgrade parking, boat launches as part of wild forest plan

SARANAC LAKE — From trailheads to boat launches, campsites to fishing spots, the state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to make major upgrades to many of the places people access the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. The DEC’s recently released unit management plan for much of ...

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Indian Lake offers options in new hiking challenge

INDIAN LAKE — The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to enjoy the plethora of hiking options available in Hamilton County. The 4-3-2-1 Hiking Challenge requires hikers to complete four easy hikes, three intermediate ones, two difficult hikes and then either Snowy or ...

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing numerous changes to the Saranac Lake Islands Campground, located just outside of Saranac Lake. In one form or another, the state has regulated camping on Middle and Lower Saranac lakes, as well as on Weller Pond and First and Second ponds, for just over a century.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC would change islands camping

SARANAC LAKE — Little more than a century after camping first opened on Lower and Middle Saranac lakes, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to both the regulations governing the campground and the locations of some of its sites. Officially sanctioned ...

CATS to host grand opening of new trail

Champlain Area Trails is celebrating a new trail in Willsboro this Saturday. The High Point Trail is located on land owned by Marsha and Bill Harbison, who developed the trail and have now opened it to the public. CATS recently marked the trail and built a small parking area. The trail, ...

Floodwood Road campsite number 2 on the shore of Polliwog Pond, seen here Sunday, would be permanently closed under a DEC plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Big changes to backcountry camping in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s recently released unit management plan for much of the state land around the Tri-Lakes calls for sweeping changes to some popular camping areas. The plan also calls for opening new campsites to offset the closure of ...

Jason Colby watches his daughters Addy, 7, and Emii, 5, fish during the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby on Lake Colby. 
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Father’s Day fishing derby is a multi- generational tradition

SARANAC LAKE — A sunny Father’s Day brought children out with their fathers, grandfathers and caregivers to the annual Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby. According to Club President Jim Jones, the event has been hosted annually for over 30 years. He ...

DEC app complete for phase 1 of ACR

TUPPER LAKE — Initial Department of Environmental Conservation permit applications for the future development of the Adirondack Club and Resort are complete. On Wednesday the DEC posted notice on their website of Preserve Associates’ completed applications for permits related to the ...

From left, Adirondack Explorer writer/photographer Mike Lynch, publisher Tracy Ormsbee and editor Phil Brown pose outside the Explorer office in Saranac Lake last week.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Explorer publisher looks toward the future

SARANAC LAKE — One of the most recognizable publications covering the Adirondack Park has a new leader at the helm, and she hopes to expand the magazine’s reach and digital presence. Tracy Ormsbee, who was hired earlier this year to be the publisher of the Adirondack Explorer, came ...

Outdoor travel comes with certain level of risk

For many outdoor travelers, the risk of passing through wild, remote areas is an important component of the experience. By definition, it involves traveling to remote or exotic locations to engage in physically challenging outdoor activities that may present a reasonable risk to life and limb. ...

Josh Wilson, executive director of Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), rides a mountain bike at Dewey Mountain Recreation Area in Saranac Lake in July 2016. Dewey and the Mount Pisgah Ski Center added mountain bike trails in recent years in the Saranac Lake area, and now the state, with BETA’s help, plans to add more in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Bike boosters

Some of the major proposals in the state’s ambitious plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest would likely not have been included if not for a local group that has shown the ability to build and maintain mountain bike trails that draw visitors in from all over North America. Barkeater ...

Woman gives birth on side of road as ECO tries to help

By the Enterprise staff A woman gave birth on the side of the road recently in St. Lawrence County after a state environmental conservation officer tried in vain to escort her to the hospital. The state Department of Environmental Conservation reported that on Thursday, June 1, ECO Jon ...

N.Y. Legislature considers variety of outdoors bills

From ski helmets to hunting licenses, the state Assembly and Senate are looking at bills that may have an impact on the way people recreate throughout the Empire State. - Hunting - Many of the bills in this session are geared toward hunting. Numerous bills concern hunting and fishing ...

Volunteers sought to work on trails

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking volunteers to work on trails in the northeastern part of New York. The DEC is looking for individuals to help maintain trails in the towns of Peru and Black Brook in Clinton County and town of Chesterfield in Essex County. The ...

The former Dew Drop Inn building is seen in May on Broadway in Saranac Lake. Village officials are considering a proposal to extend the River Walk through a covered deck on the side of the building.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Village seeks cost proposals for River Walk extension

SARANAC LAKE — The village is looking for cost estimates for the proposed extension of the Saranac River Walk. The village Board of Trustees voted Monday to approve a “Request for Cost Proposal” that says it’s seeking a contract price with a qualified firm or consulting team for the ...

Hut-to-hut planning coming along

SARANAC LAKE — A group behind an Adirondack Park-wide hut-to-hut initiative has developed numerous new routes but is holding off on releasing them to the public until they are finalized. Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System held a meeting on Tuesday morning at its offices ...