Outdoors

State grant will improve public access to Wilmington preserve

WILMINGTON — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance has awarded $26,000 to the Lake Placid Land Conservancy. This New York State Conservation Partnership Program Transaction grant will go toward a management plan for public access improvements at ...

National Weather Service issues cold water warning

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The National Weather Service issued a safety message about the potential danger of cold water for this weekend in Vermont and northeastern New York. “Warm afternoon air temperatures this weekend in the lower to mid 70s may cause people to underestimate the dangers ...

Lawyer: Man did not lie about spending night on Gore ski lift

JOHNSBURG — The lawyer for a North Creek man who was accused of lying to police when reporting that he was stuck on a Gore Mountain Ski Center lift overnight earlier this year said his client is taking the case to trial because he didn’t make a false statement. Isaac Hyde, 37, was ...

Former Lake George Watershed Coalition leader jailed, bailed

QUEENSBURY — The former director of the Lake George Watershed Coalition was sent to jail Wednesday after a judge increased his bail in light of additional, weightier criminal charges filed in an indictment. David J. Decker remained in Warren County Jail into Wednesday afternoon, after ...

ECOs help rescue capsized kayaker on Lower Saranac

SARANAC LAKE — State Department of Environmental Conservation officers (ECOs) helped forest rangers and local rescuers find and save a capsized kayaker. On Friday, May 25, ECOs Kevin Riggs and James Cranker responded to a call for help on Middle Saranac Lake for a capsized kayaker. The ...

Packrafters tackle invasive water plants

SARANAC LAKE — A talk at the Blue Moon Cafe Tuesday night, presented as part of Celebrate Paddling month, introduced Adirondackers to a new way to manage aquatic invasive species. Sydney Aveson, SUNY Plattsburgh graduate and redoubtable ice hockey player, encouraged the audience — ...

Study finds High Peaks parking areas often overflow

It’s no surprise to anyone who has been in the northern Adirondacks during the summer and fall that many trailhead parking areas are often overflowing, but a recent study has confirmed that parking locations serving the High Peaks are often at, near or more than double their ...

Smog hits Whiteface: Adirondack Council sues EPA head Pruitt

A sensor that measures ground-level ozone on Whiteface Mountain found unsafe levels of ozone one day this May. “It’s shocking,” said John Sheehan, director of communications for the Adirondack Council. “We don’t expect to have to deal with this in the Adirondacks. It’s a ...

Paddlers take on Tupper Lake 8-Miler

TUPPER LAKE — Forty-six paddlers enjoyed cool and somewhat breezy conditions for the fourth running of the Tupper Lake 8-Mile canoe and kayak race Saturday. Unlike last year’s mass start, there were two waves: the first consisted of 17 canoes and the second 19 kayaks. The addition of ...

Power outage kills 250,000 salmon

LAKE CLEAR — A severe wind storm at the beginning of May decimated one age of fish at the state’s Adirondack Fish Hatchery, but staff say some replacements have already been obtained and others may be forthcoming. According to a press release from the state Department of Environmental ...

DEC, APA OK mountain bike guidance

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation approved guidance for constructing mountain bike trails on state land, and plans include the building of mountain bike hubs in both the northern and southern Adirondacks. “Management Guidance: ...

DEC to close Lake Placid boat launch Thursday

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that the Lake Placid boat launch will be temporarily closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 4 p.m. Thursday for repairs. A press release from the department says that DEC crews will sweep the parking lot and ...

DEC accepting applications for trail crew workers

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for summer positions conducting trail work in and around the High Peaks Wilderness Area. There are two avenues for those interested, including state seasonal jobs, as well as positions available ...

Rangers fight fires, help lost and injured hikers and canoers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped a number of people in the Adirondacks last week, and put out a small wildfire in the St. Regis Canoe Area. --- Town of Caroga On Tuesday, May 29, a 33-year-old Gloversville woman called for help when she became lost in ...

Long on adventure, short on views

Most people hike mountains to get the views they offer, but once in a while getting off trail for a little adventure can be its own reward. And that was the case with a bushwhack up a small mountain near North Creek. Height of Land Mountain, near Gore Mountain, offered what proved to be a ...

A busman’s holiday on the water

It is a prime time to be on the water. Last week, l actually took a day off from my busy spring fishing season ... to go fishing. It was truly a “busman’s holiday,” as l had a couple of old friends along for company. Fortunately, they were along for the ride as well. We managed to pack ...

Celebrate Padding begins in Saranac Lake 

  SARANAC LAKE — People interested in paddlesports will have a full slate of activities to choose from in the Saranac Lake area during the month of June. Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Mac’s Canoe Livery, Raquette River Outfitters, Paul Smith’s ...

Study: State salt pervades water

SARANAC LAKE — A study of 358 private wells scattered across the Adirondacks found that salt used to de-ice wintertime roads is contaminating groundwater and seeping into private wells. Daniel Kelting, executive director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute and a professor at Paul ...

EMBARK: Oh brother, where art thou?

The siblings are a Little Sister and Three Brothers whose residence is Brant Lake. You see, I am not talking about a literal family rivalry here, but a set of five peaks who are fighting to offer the best views. When you think of Brant Lake your mind doesn’t go directly to, “hiking ...