Outdoors

Cilley updates trusty Paddler’s Guide

SARANAC LAKE — Dave Cilley, co-owner of St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, knows a thing or two about paddling in the Adirondacks. And luckily, he’s compiled that knowledge into an updated fourth edition of the Adirondack Paddler’s Guide. Cilley has a made a life and career out of plying ...

Black Mountain Loop highlights the best of Lake George

The Lake George Wild Forest is 71,133 acres in size and is full of excellent opportunities for hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, biking, horseback riding and plenty more. Black Mountain is the highest point in the Lake George Wild Forest and shadows over ...

DEC warns about bears in High Peaks

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning visitors to the High Peaks Wilderness of bear activity in several areas. In its weekly Outdoor Recreation Bulletin, the department says hikers and campers should take precautions to avoid run-ins with ...

Loon Lake man seriously hurt after boat renter hits kayak

BOLTON — An 82-year-old man was seriously hurt Sunday afternoon when the kayak he was in was hit by a rental powerboat on Lake George, officials said. The victim, a Loon Lake resident whose name was not released, suffered severe cuts to his legs when the boat hit him as he kayaked with ...

OSI plan will upgrade High Peaks access from Tahawus

NEWCOMB — The Open Space Institute, which owns a couple hundred acres in the Adirondack ghost town of Tahawus, has announced upgrades to the area, which offers a southern access point to the popular High Peaks Wilderness Area. OSI bought about 10,000 acres of the former mining lands in ...

Wilmington Notch campground to close early

WILMINGTON — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that its Wilmington Notch campground, near Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, will close early this fall for repairs. In a press release, the DEC said the campground will close on Wednesday, Sept. 4 so that a new ...

Browns Tract Trail reopens

RAQUETTE LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the reopening of the Browns Tract Trail in the southwest Adirondacks after the landowners completed a forestry operation. The trail was temporarily closed earlier this summer so the property owners could ...

Ranger use floatplane to help disoriented hiker

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were busy helping lost, injured and unprepared hikers around the Adirondacks last week. --- Town of Indian Lake On Monday, Aug. 5, DEC dispatch received a call regarding a disoriented hiker who was down in the middle of the ...

Trump order weakens protections for monarchs

GREENBELT, Md. — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and ...

Elizabethtown gets grant for bike trail connections

ELIZABETHTOWN — This Essex County town was awarded a $250,000 infrastructure grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission Tuesday to aid efforts to build and upgrade its recreation economy. One project the grants are earmarked for is a bike path plan to connect trail systems — ...

River of history

SARANAC LAKE — Author Norman Sims was at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters Friday to sign copies of his book and give a talk, but when the event began he was more interested in showing off his restored Burt-Morris canoe. The wooden boat was built in Maine in the 1890s. Sims was going over its ...

ECO helps rescue injured bear cub

VERMONTVILLE — On Sunday, July 28, a motorist called the state Department of Environmental Conservation stating that he had struck a bear cub with his car on state Route 3 in the town of Franklin. Environmental Conservation Officer James Cranker responded and located the bear, which ...

Bat is first rabid animal of year in Franklin County

The first confirmed case of rabies for Franklin County this year has been found in a bat in Hogansburg. The county Health Department said in a press release the rabies diagnosis was confirmed late last week. “The bat was located in Hogansburg,” the release said. “Local and state ...

DEC to offer ranger, ECO exams

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that exams for forest ranger and environmental conservation officers has been set. Taking the civil service exam for these positions is the first step in becoming a ranger or ECO, though there are separate exams and ...

Hurricane Mountain fire tower turns 100

KEENE — The Friends of Hurricane Mountain celebrated the centennial anniversary of the mountain’s popular fire tower last week with the opening of a new exhibit at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown. - History - The fire tower that still sits atop the mountain — ...

State appeals ruling that stopped work on snowmobile trail

ALBANY (AP) — New York is appealing a court decision that has halted trail work in the Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the state’s highest court to reverse a mid-level court ruling in a lawsuit filed by the environmental group Protect the Adirondacks. ...

Elite Bassmaster tourney coming to St. Lawrence at Waddington

WADDINGTON (AP) — Two elite professional fishing tournaments with $100,000 checks for the winners are coming to upstate New York. An Elite Bassmaster Tournament is scheduled Thursday through Sunday on the St. Lawrence River at Waddington. The competition on the St. Lawrence drew more ...

Finding solid footing on Ledge Mountain

This is an interesting peak that “piques” a lot of interest. Not a lot of climbers, but more in the terms of armchair interest. It can be seen on some maps as “Ledge Mountain” and others as “Ledger Mountain.” Ledger is surely a typo because it simply is a mountain with a ...

Route 73 conundrum

KEENE VALLEY — This past weekend 109 hikers, in at least 43 vehicles, checked in at the Rooster Comb Mountain trailhead. They came from as far away as London, England. The ones who parked legally pulled into a small slab of asphalt off of state Route 73 with a capacity of roughly 18 cars. ...