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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 ...

APA approves construction variances, Newcomb land use plan

RAY BROOK — The full board of the state Adirondack Park Agency approved two construction variance permits and a town’s land-use plan Friday. One of the approved construction variances is on a property in Lake Placid, in which APA board member Art Lussi has a stake. Lussi recused himself ...

Rangers perform 2 rescues this week

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued two people in the Adirondacks this past week. Town of Ohio On Friday, a woman called for help after her and her husband’s boat took on water and sank on Gull Lake in Herkmer County. When the couple’s canoe began to ...

An Adirondack angler stops to enjoy the view from Giant Nubble after an afternoon of trout fishing in Giant Washbowl.
(Photo provided — Joe Hackett)

Tougher access can lead to better fishing

It’s official, the spring season is now firmly entrenched. Wild flowers are blooming and the trout are jumping. Black flies are in my hair and behind my ears. Fortunately, the mayflies have been back on the local waters, and so have I. In fact, I’ve just returned from a creel survey of ...

Looking to the southeast from Echo Cliffs, Piseco Lake, Spy Lake and the rolling hills of the southern Adirondacks can be seen.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Short hikes outside the Tri-Lakes

Too often, it’s easy to fall into the trap of exploring the seemingly endless trails that are within just a few miles of the Tri-Lakes. But every once in a while, it’s good to get out to explore something new. Here are two short hikes — one close by, the other a little farther away ...

This new sign shows that the trail to Owls Head Mountain in Keene is now closed on weekends, from 4 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday. Most of the trail, as well as the trailhead, parking and access road, is on private land, and Memorial Day weekend crowds of hikers prompted the owners to stop their practice of allowing full public access.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Owls Head hike in Keene closed on weekends

KEENE — The popular Owls Head Mountain trail is closed on weekends for the summer, and it will then close permanently at the end of the season, according to a statement from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Up to now, there have been signs at the trailhead asking ...

The summit of Owls Head Mountain in Keene, seen April 14, has a scenic view, plus cliffs that are popular among rock climbers.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Owls Head hike in Keene closed on weekends

KEENE — The popular Owls Head Mountain trail is closed on weekends for the summer, and will then close permanently at the end of the season, according to a statement from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Up to now, there have been signs at the trailhead asking hikers ...

DEC will host availability sessions, public meetings on state land UMP

The state Department of conservation will host availability sessions and public meetings to provide information on the recently released unit management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. The Saranac Lake availability session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 12 at the ...

The Ampersand Mountain trailhead between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake would be moved and expanded under a proposal in the recently released Saranac Lake Wild Forest Unit Management Plan.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Ambitious plan for Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has finally released its plan for the more than 75,000-acre Saranac Lakes Wild Forest — more than 15 years in the making. The unit management plan was released this month and will be presented to the state Adirondack ...

Silver Lake Mountain in the town of Black Brook has a scenic view, as seen on April 24. It’s one of 13 less-popular hikes the state Department of Environmental Conservation recommends on its homepage, an attempt to steer Adirondack visitors away from the most crowded trails in the Lake Placid and Keene area.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC website steers hikers outside the High Peaks

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s website was sporting a new look Monday morning, designed to encourage hikers to avoid the crowded trails of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. “Hike NY’s Hidden Gems” was sprawled across the top of the DEC homepage, www.dec.ny.gov, ...

Paddlers make their way across Middle Saranac Lake.
(Photo provided — Mike Lynch)

Celebrate Paddling will host full slate of events

SARANAC LAKE — Local canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard aficionados are again teaming up to provide a full slate of events throughout the month of June. Celebrate Paddling is a joint effort of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, and St. Regis Canoe ...

APA to hear about plan for Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — A decision on Boreas Ponds is still not on the agenda of this month’s state Adirondack Park Agency board meeting, but review of a long-awaited plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is. The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is a sprawling, 79,000-acre unit of state land that wraps ...

Silver Lake Mountain in the town of Black Brook has a scenic view, as seen on April 24. It’s one of 13 less-popular hikes the state Department of Environmental Conservation recommends on its homepage, an attempt to steer Adirondack visitors away from the most crowded trails in the Lake Placid and Keene area.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC website steers hikers to less popular peaks

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s website was sporting a new look Monday morning, designed to encourage hikers to avoid the crowded trails of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. “Hike NY’s Hidden Gems” was sprawled across the top of the DEC homepage, www.dec.ny.gov, ...

Man gets 5-15 years for 8-year-old girl’s boating death on Lake George

QUEENSBURY (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for a fatal boat crash on an upstate lake that killed a California girl while she visited relatives last summer. Twenty-five-year-old Alexander West was sentenced Monday afternoon in Warren County Court. ...

Spring in the Adirondacks is a birthing season for many wild creatures, including snapping turtles which build nests and lay eggs near the shores of rivers, lakes and ponds.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Nature provides a time-tested cure

The human sensory system evolved in a completely wild all-natural world, which may explain why our brains are more relaxed when we are in natural spaces. Humans are hard-wired to look at, hear, feel, taste, touch and smell nature. We seek it on the ground, in the open air and under the ...