Outdoors

David Casey, of Burlington, Vermont, was the lone standup paddle board entry in Saturday’s annual Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak Race.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Paddlers enjoy calm waters

SARANAC LAKE — The ’Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak races took place in nearly perfect paddling conditions on Saturday in spite of dire weather forecast predictions. Warm temperatures, high water and nominal wind led to some very fast times and a tightly contested field of ...

Melody Blackmore, a Tupper Lake resident and guide with Adirondac Rafting Company, scans the Hudson River during a recent whitewater rafting trip Sunday, May 7.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

High-water adventure on the Hudson

INDIAN LAKE — With a fresh dusting of snow on the ground, most people weren’t thinking about swimming this past weekend. But I dragged myself out of bed early Sunday, donned some long johns and drove to Indian Lake, where I was pretty much guaranteed to spend the day soaking wet. With ...

Tafoni are small honeycomb-like features often found in caves like this one.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Tick-free existence comes to an end on Cobble Hill

As warmer, spring-like weather patterns continue to be resisted by a combination of snow squalls, rain and cold weather, it’s important to recognize and be prepared for some of the hazards that outdoor travelers are likely to confront at this time of year. Most outdoor travelers know ...

Piles of fill, seen Tuesday, cover where the parking lot of Dewey Mountaion Recreation Area will be expanded.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Dewey parking lot being expanded

SARANAC LAKE — Dewey Mountain Recreation Center’s parking lot will almost double in capacity when an ongoing expansion project is completed. “We’re looking to expand the parking lot to add at least another two rows of cars,” town of Harrietstown Code Enforcement Officer Ed ...

A hiker makes her way up Owls Head Mountain in Keene in April. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC: Avoid icy, muddy High Peaks trails

KEENE (AP) — Hikers are being warned that the Adirondack High Peaks are muddy and icy. The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday urged hikers to be cautious and asked that they postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet. Officials say those high-elevation trails need ...

The Wakely Mountain fire tower is seen in September 2016. (Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

State closes Wakely Mountain trail and fire tower, citing safety

INDIAN LAKE (AP) — New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower . The 92-foot tower was closed to public access last December because of structural problems, and the ...

The Wakely Mountain fire tower is seen in September 2016. (Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

State closes Wakely Mountain trail and fire tower, citing safety

INDIAN LAKE (AP) — New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower. The 92-foot tower was closed to public access last December because of structural problems, and the tower's ...

APA to review campgrounds, UMPs, but no Boreas

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners will take on a full agenda at its regular monthly meeting this week, but an eagerly awaited decision on classifying the state’s new Boreas Ponds property is not on the list. Board committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. ...

Rangers rescue woman separated from group, couple of dogs

By the Enterprise staff In addition to conducting wildfire work around New York, state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers also rescued numerous people, and a couple of dogs, last week. --- Town of Long Lake A woman who became separated from her group while hiking ...

From left, Marty Shubert, Henry Hann, Molly Hann with Lewis, and Mary Shubert work together as a family at the Peninsula Trails in Lake Placid Saturday.
(Photo provided by the Department of Environmental Conservation)

Volunteers worked on I Love My Park Day Saturday

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, along with the state office of Parks and Recreation, teamed up to encourage volunteers to come out on I Love My Park Day Saturday. While there were locations around the state, locally, work was done at Fish Creek Campground and on the ...

Man convicted in fatal Lake George boating crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — An upstate New York man was convicted Monday in the boating death of an 8-year-old California girl who was vacationing with her family on an Adirondack lake last summer. A Warren County jury found Alexander West, 25, guilty of second-degree manslaughter, criminally ...

DEC to take comments on rail trail plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will take public comments and answering questions on the conceptual plan for the Adirondack Rail Trail at two public meetings this week. The DEC will host the public in Tupper Lake in the Community Room of the Tupper Lake Emergency Services ...

Deliberations to resume in boating trial

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jurors will resume deliberations in the case of an upstate New York man charged in the boating death of a California girl who was vacationing on an Adirondack lake with her family. The Warren County Court jury began deliberations Friday morning but failed to reach a ...

35-pound channel catfish sets record

WATERTOWN (AP) — A 35-pound, 3-ounce channel catfish caught in Lake Ontario this spring sets a new state record for that species. State environmental officials say Eric Scordo of Watertown caught the 38-inch catfish on Lake Ontario in Jefferson County on April 29. He used just a ...

John O’Connor of the DEC shows North Country Community College environmental science students a stuffed kestrel before the class installs a kestrel nesting box at the school’s soccer field Friday, April 28 in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

NCCC students hope to attract rare bird

SARANAC LAKE — American kestrels are a type of falcon that is rarely found in the Adirondacks, but a group of environmental science students thinks it may have found an ideal location to attract the birds to Saranac Lake. Last week, students in Julie King’s environmental science lab ...

Sawyer Fenton of Elizabethtown reaches out to hug a goat during Kidding Day. Farm staff regularly released a few baby goats at a time into the crowd so that kids like Fenton could pet, play and interact with the newborns.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Kids at play

For the fourth time in as many years, Asgaard Farm and Dairy in Ausable Forks opened its doors to allow the public to play with dozens of rambunctious kids on April 22. The kids were just a couple of days old, but were bouncing all over the place, rough-housing and generally causing a ...

Take your time and move slowly through early season

In recent days, I’ve spent a good deal of time in the woods and on the waters. Despite the muddy trails and a few flash rainstorms, the spring season has remained relatively bugless to date. However, I expect combined crops of black flies and mosquitoes will soon be in the air. The ...

Jury gets case man charged in 2016 fatal boat crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jury deliberations will continue Monday in the trial of a New York man charged in the death of an 8-year-old California girl who was killed in a boating accident on an upstate lake last summer. Prosecutors and Alexander West’s attorney wrapped up their cases Thursday in ...

Jury gets case of man charged in fatal boat crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jury deliberations are starting in the trial of a New York man charged in the death of an 8-year-old California girl who was killed in a boating accident on an upstate lake last summer. Prosecutors and Alexander West’s attorney wrapped up their cases Thursday in Warren ...