Outdoors

Paddling Film Festival Friday

LAKE PLACID — The Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters will host screenings of Rapid Media’s Paddling Film Fest World Tour at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13. This tour showcases the year’s best paddling films, ...

ECOs bust illegal hunter in St. Lawrence County

State Department of Environmental Conservation officers recently helped rescue a clam fisherman on Long Island, busted an illegal ivory sale on Staten Island and busted an illegal hunter in the Adirondacks. On Monday, March 26, Environmental Conservation Officer Scott Atwood received a ...

DEC, brewery break new ground on old Frontier Town

NORTH HUDSON — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Paradox Brewery broke ground today at the site of the new brewery and “Gateway to the Adirondacks” tourism hub. The two facilities are part of a $25 million public-private investment to repurpose the former ...

Are the ticks winning?

QUEENSBURY — After two years of research and writing, Mary Beth Pfeiffer started a book tour last week that could also be described as a warning: The ticks are coming. “There is right now a massive army of ticks, ticks by the billions, moving around the planet,” she said last ...

Rangers rescue hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued three hikers last week. All were injury free. - Town of Hague - On Friday, April 6, two men called for help after determining they could no longer safely follow the route they were on. The two men — both from ...

EMBARK: How to match the right shoe for the moment

Walking into an outdoors gear store that has a wall full of shoes can be intimidating, but nothing can ruin an adventure like blisters or sore feet. So it’s important to put as much thought and research into your backcountry shoes as with any other piece of gear. Fortunately and ...

APA reviews changes for Whiteface, other state land

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will tackle management plans for some high-use locations in the Adirondacks, including Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, at its monthly board meeting on Thursday. After beginning at 9:15 a.m. at APA headquarters in Ray Brook, the State Land ...

DEC offers guidance to homeowners on bear conflicts

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued guidance to homeowners on avoiding conflicts with bears, as bruins around the North Country are waking from winter slumber. “Nearly all negative bear encounters in New York are the result of hungry bears being attracted to ...

EMBARK: Mountain, lake and waterfall exploration in Eagle Bay

Spring time is a challenging season for hiking, especially for “bushwhackos” like me, but on the positive side it really does grow one’s vocabulary. We knew the conditions, regardless of location, would be dicey, inconsistent and possibly downright difficult at times, so with a bit ...

First winter in Tupper Lake

When I moved to the Adirondacks last July I came for two reasons: a reporting position here at the Enterprise and the chance to enjoy the outdoors like I never had before. I grew up in the suburbs of Henrietta, just outside the city of Rochester in Western New York. Though my family went ...

Comptroller eyes future EPF funding

The man who oversees New York’s finances says the Environmental Protection Fund, while in good shape now, needs to be stabilized with more reliable funding streams. A report issued by Thomas DiNapoli, the state’s Comptroller, said in the wake of the EPF’s 25th anniversary that ...

Find the right balance when fishing with kids

If there is one single piece of advice l would offer to parents who want to introduce their kids to fishing, it would be to leave their own rods at home, at least for the first few outings. The experience should be all about the child, and their natural surroundings. Trust me, they will ...

Paddling Film Festival returns to Lake Placid for another showing

LAKE PLACID — The 13th annual Paddling Film Festival will take place Friday, April 13 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year — whitewater, sea kayaking, ...

Man says he was stuck on Gore lift overnight

JOHNSBURG — State police are looking into a local skier’s claims that he spent a cold, snowy night stuck on a lift at Gore Mountain Ski Center over the weekend after the lift shut down for the day while he was headed up the mountain. The skier, whose name wasn’t released, reported ...

Whiteface will stay open one more week

WILMINGTON — Plenty of snow remaining on the slopes has allowed the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center to continue operating daily through next Sunday, April 15. The alpine center is open each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the highlights of late-season skiing and snowboarding at ...

Azure Mountain fire tower to benefit from state grant

ST. REGIS FALLS — Azure Mountain Friends has received a $7,225 grant from the New York State Park & Trail Partnership Program. The funds will go toward maintenance of the restored 100-year-old fire tower on Azure Mountain, which is located near St. Regis Falls in the town of Waverly, ...

EMBARK: Chasing waterfalls

With the onset of spring, one can never really be sure what to expect weather-wise in the Adirondacks. Snow, rain, sleet, sunshine, thunderstorms and hail are all likely, and sometimes even happen on the same day. But one thing is certain, and that is water in streams and rivers will be ...

DEC closes snowmobile trails due to lack of snow

RAY BROOK — Effective immediately, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is closing all snowmobile trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, state forest and conservation easement lands in the North Country. The lack of snow is dangerous to snowmobilers and ...

New York recruits lifeguards for state campgrounds

ALBANY (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for lifeguards. The agency says seasonal lifeguard positions are available at state campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks. The pay is $13.27 an hour and most facilities offer free ...