Outdoors

State says it isn’t seeking shutdown of rail line

The state Department of Environmental Conservation clarified its position this week on its efforts to have a rail line in Warren and Essex counties declared “abandoned,” saying it isn’t seeking to close the line to future rail activity. Numerous public officials in the region have ...

DEC: Expect bears and busy trails this weekend

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning Adirondack hikers and backcountry users of busy trails this holiday weekend and a nuisance bear in the High Peaks Wilderness that is approaching hikers during the day. “Due to the Labor Day Holiday Weekend expect to encounter ...

ECO rescues man as boat capsizes

LAKE PLEASANT — A state Department of Environmental Conservation officer recently rescued a man whose motorboat was capsizing in Hamilton County. On Monday, Aug. 20, Scott Pierce was patrolling Sacandaga Lake when he approached a small boat near shore with an electric motor and an older ...

DEC kills bear at campground

SARANAC LAKE — More than 50 incidents involving bears have been reported at Saranac Islands state campground this summer, but one bruin that would not leave a campsite was euthanized last week. Despite the bear being put down by state Department of Environmental Conservation staff on Aug. ...

Rangers recover woman’s body from Seymour Mountain

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were busy with multiple backcountry deaths last week in the Catskills and Adirondacks, including a woman who died on the summit of an Adirondack High Peak. - Town of Harrietstown - On Friday, Aug. 24, DEC dispatch was ...

Hudson Falls man starts ‘tykes’ hiking challenges

Hiking “challenges” are the rage these days in the outdoors and tourism communities, with towns, counties and organizations starting up challenges to complete mountains in their towns, mountain ranges, etc. Hudson Falls resident Eli Carlton has completed a few of these challenges, such ...

Canada goose hunting season opens Saturday

ALBANY — Canada goose hunting season opens Saturday in most of the state, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday. Resident geese are those that do not migrate significant distances from northern breeding grounds to more temperate wintering grounds. Based on ...

Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival returns this weekend

WILMINGTON — The second annual Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival will be held from Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2. The celebration features on-site camping, live music, local food and beer, bike demonstrations, group rides for all abilities, shuttles, a children’s race and more than ...

DEC finalizes plans for High Peaks, Vanderwhacker

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation finalized its plans for the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest and the vastly expanded High Peaks Wilderness Area, including access to the recently purchased Boreas Ponds tract. The two plans work in conjunction with each ...

Summer sun, dry weather a constant this year

WILLSBORO — Last year’s haying season tried Shaun Gillilland’s patience, when too much rain saturated the fields, keeping the hay from drying. Production is way down this summer, too, the owner of Ben Wever Farm in Willsboro said. “The very dry summer months, particularly in ...

New boat-washing station on Schroon Lake already keeping bad things out

A new recycling boat decontamination station in Severance, a hamlet in the town of Schroon, has already proven its worth and more, saving Schroon Lake from an infestation of invasive zebra mussels this summer. The approximately $24,000 machine shoots 140-degree high pressure water onto ...

ADK updates Eastern Trails guide

The Adirondack Mountain Club does a lot of things inside the Blue Line, from trail work and lobbying the state to running a lodge in the heart of the High Peaks. But one of their most recognizable, and often indispensable, efforts is guidebooks. The ADK has published six books that cover ...

Christmas in the heat of the summer season

It is the heat of the summer season in the Adirondacks, as a visitor stops along a backcountry trail. Trooping along ahead of her is a small team of stylists, lighting experts, makeup experts, photographers and producers. The scene has been designed to show off the latest winter fashions, and ...

Saranac Lake 6er Relay will return

SARANAC LAKE — For the second year in a row, this Adirondack village will host the Saranac Lake 6er Relay. The team relay race will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning and ending at Berkeley Green, a park at Main Street and Broadway that is the site of the 6er Bell. Like last ...

DEC plans to upgrade two central Adirondack campgrounds

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation released plans to upgrade two public campgrounds in the Adirondacks this week, and is asking the public to avoid one campground after it closes Labor Day weekend. - Eagle Point Campground - Eagle Point Campground, on ...

DEC to host youth hunt in St. Lawrence County

MASSENA — The state Department of Environmen-tal Conservation will host a youth waterfowl and pheasant hunt in mid-September. DEC environmental conservation officers have partnered with the Massena Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation to offer the program to 12- to ...

Bears go after easy food at Saranac Lake Islands Campground

SARANAC LAKE — The iconic call of the loon. The gentle lapping of water on shore. The rustling of a cooler as it’s raided for food in the middle of the night. All these sounds have been common for campers at the Saranac Lake Islands Campground this summer, as bears have been raiding ...

Trial date set for ski lift ‘false statement’ case

JOHNSBURG — The North Creek man who was arrested for allegedly lying to police about being stuck on a Gore Mountain Ski Center ski lift overnight earlier this year has refused a plea deal offer and is headed to trial. Isaac Hyde, 37, was offered a plea deal that would require he plead ...

White-nose syndrome is still killing New York bats

BOLTON — After driving back from a campsite, a state Department of Environmental Conservation employee opened up her tent to find a stowaway bat. It was a lactating female, said DEC wildlife technician Kate Ritzko, and that meant there were babies back at the site waiting for their mother ...

Rangers rescue 5-year-old hiker, capsized paddler

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued lost and injured hikers around the Adirondacks last week, including a paddler capsized in rapids and a lost 5-year-old near Lake George. --- Town of Indian Lake At 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, ranger Bruce ...