Outdoors

APIPP intern Mitchell Jones treats some Phragmites, an invasive species of grass that APIPP recently published a report about.
(Photo provided by APIPP)

Mixed news on invasive species front

KEENE VALLEY — Despite the discouraging discovery of an invasive species near Lake George, the Adirondacks have also seen some recent bright spots in the fight against invasive species. Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) was discovered by a scientist on the slopes of Prospect Mountain in ...

Singer/actress Joanne Shenandoah enjoys a moment with a young Mohawk actor while working on a documentary filmed on location at Elk Lake in North Hudson.
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Making men out of boys and boys out of men

Over the course of my 40-plus year career as an Adirondack guide, I have served in a wide variety of roles — ranging from outdoor educator, counselor, cook, companion, navigator, caretaker, backwoods contractor and as a pack mule/porter. Naturally, every one of the roles also included ...

Coyote that bit woman had rabies

KINGSBURY (AP) — Authorities say a coyote shot by an environmental conservation officer after it attacked a woman on a rural New York trail has tested positive for rabies. The Washington County sheriff’s office says the animal was killed Thursday, one day after a woman was attacked on a ...

State says Regis-Applejack isn’t a camp

PAUL SMITHS — If you’re thinking about sending your child to Camp Regis-Applejack, know that state health and safety rules don’t apply there. So few kids go there now that the state doesn’t even consider it a camp. The New York State Department of Health hasn’t given ...

DEC taking applications for pheasant hunting

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for a pheasant hunting program that provides pheasants for organized hunts. The program provides state-reared pheasants to organizers who put together hunts for youth, women, novices, veterans and ...

A Boy Scout descends a rappelling wall at Massawepie Scout Camps.
(Enterprise photo — Dana Hatton)

Massawepie camp carries out Boy Scout mission

GALE — Nestled in 4,100 acres of wooded land on the 500-acre Massawepie Lake and eight other bodies of water, the Massawepie Scout Camps are immersed in the Adirondacks’ sense of remoteness. The Boy Scouts of America bought the property in 1951, where the Childwold Park House hotel ...

The Hitch-Up-Matildas, seen here in March 2014, is a set of boardwalks bolted into the side of a cliff that dives in Avalanche Lake in the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
(Enterprise photo — Justin Levine)

Avalanche Lake Trail to close this week

​RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will close a popular hiking trail in the High Peaks this week so that work can be done on an historic section of the trail. ​The DEC said in its weekly High Peaks bulletin that the Avalanche Lake Trail would be closed for ...

Lake Lila and the central Adirondacks are seen from these cliffs on Mount Frederica in the William C. Whitney Wilderness area between Long Lake and Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Paddle/hike to Frederica’s lookout

TUPPER LAKE — I stripped down to my underwear and slipped into the dark brown waters of Lake Lila. I could see only one other person, and they were far enough away that I wasn’t too self-conscious to enjoy my post-trip soak in the surprisingly warm water. On a sunny weekday, I had ...

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Young Life camp aims to ‘blow away’ expectations

UPPER SARANAC LAKE — A high ropes course in the trees captures your attention upon entering Young Life’s Saranac Village, but the impressive features don’t stop there. Along with the typical summer activities, the camp offers parasailing, wakeboarding, tubing, water skiing, disc golf, ...

Grouse on the trail
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Fly-bys come in unexpected forms

It’s been an interesting week in the woods, with hordes of deer flies replacing black flies while the mosquitoes and no-see-ums continued their annual bloodletting. Deer flies were orbiting my noggin as I passed over the carries, and I simply couldn’t defend myself while balancing a ...

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Lake Clear group opposes increased access

SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Clear Association says it’s concerned about the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to increase access to the lake through the draft Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. The group, which is made up of Lake Clear homeowners, is also ...

Campers, from left, Carson, Madeline and Sarah make crafts at Camp Guggenheim.
(Enterprise photo — Dana Hatton)

Camp Guggenheim focuses on faith

SARANAC LAKE — Living out the faith in all aspects of life is at the center of Camp Guggenheim. Campers of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to join, but it is very much a Catholic camp. It has Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and a reconciliation service on Wednesday. ...

APA OKs campground, bike trail proposals

By JUSTIN A. LEVINE Outdoors Writer RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency continued to avoid any decisions on the largest land classification package in its history this week, instead punting those controversial talks to approve a plan for three small campgrounds in the southern ...

Kevin Simpson of Tahawus Trails LLC rakes the new accessible trail at The Nature Conservancy’s Boquet River Nature Preserve in Willsboro.
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Conservancy builds accessible trail

WILLSBORO — The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy announced this week it will open the longest accessible hiking trail in the region this fall. The 1.5-mile loop trail is located at TNC’s Boquet River Nature Preserve in Willsboro. It will be constructed to standards set out ...

DEC offering hunting and trapping safety courses

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding first-time hunters and trappers that a safety course must be completed before a hunting license can be purchased. The DEC said in a press release that about 45,000 people take hunter safety courses in New York each ...

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse will cross the country coast to coast. Though the path of totality passes through the southeast, the Adirondacks will get around 62 percent coverage during the eclipse.
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Preparing for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21

TUPPER LAKE — As thousands of Americans prepare to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, questions about it orbit many people’s minds. The directors of the Adirondack Public Observatory have answers about one of the few daytime astrological events. While some prepare to make the trek ...

No time frame for decision on rail-trail lawsuit

No time frame has been set to resolve a lawsuit against the state over a proposed rail trail. “The decision remains, sub judice, or still before the court,” Franklin County Clerk Kip Cassavaw wrote in an email Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed more than a year ago by the Adirondack ...

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Rangers rescue ill, injured, fatigued hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers had another busy week in the Adirondacks, rescuing numerous hikers who were ill, injured or fatigued. This roundup does not include a two-day search for Floyd “Skip” Baker, 50, of Webster near Rochester, who was found dead in ...

Team Adirondack River Outfitters, who went on to win the competition, carries a fully inflated raft toward the tie-down area of the third annual Guide Olympics Monday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Guides square off for bragging rights

NORTH CREEK — About 40 river guides who are usually competing for customers spent Monday squaring off against each other in a skills competition at the Ski Bowl in North Creek. The third annual Guide Olympics took place under mostly cloudy skies, but with a thick sense of competition ...

APA to host monthly meeting Thursday

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will host its regular monthly meeting on Thursday this week, with a notably light agenda set. The State Land Committee will convene at 9:30 a.m. to decide if a plan for three campgrounds on Piseco Lake conforms to the State Land Master Plan. ...