Outdoors

DEC announces new take-out on Sacandaga River

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it had finished work on a new access point to the Sacandaga River in the southern Adirondacks. The paddlers’ take-out is on conservation easement land in the town of Arietta, Hamilton County. The easement lands ...

TRIAD Challenge is back Saturday

TUPPER LAKE — There is still time to enter the Big Tupper Brewing TRIAD Challenge to be held Saturday. One day, three mountains. This timed event will require participants to run, walk, or crawl up the three mountains that make up the Tupper Lake Triad. Starting at 9 a.m. at the ...

VIC hosts mushroom hunting

SARANAC LAKE — With baskets, guide books and a tree limb festooned with bio-luminescent mushrooms, a posse formed in the Paul Smith’s college Visitor Interpretive Center to hunt mushrooms on Oct. 5, as part of a foray hosted by the ADK Mycology Club. Club advisers Thomas Huber, ...

Glennon, Smith join forces with AWI

SARANAC LAKE — Things were looking bleak for the small staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack office earlier this year when the parent organization announced the program’s closure, but its director and head of science have now landed at Paul Smith’s College’s ...

St. Regis oranges

Driving has made me quite anxious since getting lost in the dark corners of northern Pennsylvania. I’d been halfway through my migration to Saranac Lake, caught at a truck stop in the rain. I’d been stopped at every other gas station, breathing and trying to channel energy from the 1987 ...

It’s getting a little squirrelly around here

With the opening day of the annual big game hunting season set to arrive on Oct. 20, outdoor travelers should take the usual precautions, and be aware that hunters will be in the woods. Although most hunters tend to avoid the popular hiking trails, they will at times, use the marked hiking ...

DEC, ORDA to cut ribbon on new trail today

LAKE PLACID – The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority will unveil a new trail in time for one of the Adirondacks’ busiest hiking weekends. On Friday, at 11 a.m., the DEC and ORDA will cut the ribbon on a trail from ORDA’s Mount ...

Green groups oppose snowmobile bridge

RAY BROOK — Two Adirondack green groups have registered opposition to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to build a snowmobile bridge over the Cedar River in the central Adirondacks. Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve and the Adirondack Council have ...

Removal of dam on West Branch of AuSable on pace to be complete in November

AUSABLE VALLEY — The removal of a dam on the West Branch of the AuSable River is at, or slightly ahead, of schedule. The J. and J. Rogers company built the Rome Dam on the AuSable River in the late 1800s, although the dam was rebuilt in 1936. The dam was then abandoned in the early ...

Rangers find lost hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers searched for and found two separate hikers last week, and did an overnight carry-out of an injured man. --- Town of Bolton On Thursday, Sept. 27, just after 7 p.m., Warren County 911 reported that a 48-year-old woman was lost ...

Mountain climbing rendezvous

LAKE PLACID — For the past couple of years, Kevin “Mudrat” MacKenzie has been climbing and mapping out Panther Gorge, one of the most remote areas in the High Peaks Wilderness, not too far from Mount Marcy and Mount Haystack. “You might have to bushwhack (go off trail) for 20 ...

Two new algae blooms in Franklin County

SARANAC LAKE — After a potential harmful bloom (HAB) led to a state warning about Barnum Pond, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued notices for two more Franklin County waterbodies in September. In mid-September, the DEC found algae blooms in Eagle Pond off state ...

Adirondack hikes included in NY guidebook

SARANAC LAKE — The fourth edition of Falcon Guides’ “Hiking New York” is out, and while the book features hikes in 10 different regions of the state, the Adirondacks loom large with two dozen hikes highlighted. While not meant to be a comprehensive guide listing all the hikes in ...

Communication is key for autumn travelers

As the summer finally fades away and the possibility of a fresh dumping of snow grows closer with each passing day, sportsmen and women, anglers and an ever-growing contingent of woods walkers will continue to prepare for the plethora of outdoor opportunities that only autumn can ...