Outdoors

McKim presents on paddling through Alaska

SARANAC LAKE — Local resident Scott McKim will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bitters & Bones about a paddle to the Arctic Ocean through Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge. “My paddling roots are in the Adirondacks, and I hope to highlight that, stressing you don’t ...

Kids fish on Father’s Day

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby took place on Sunday at Lake Colby beach. Twenty-eight children signed up this year, winning in multiple fish divisions. First place for most fish caught went to Aaron Stevens, second place to ...

Proceed with caution when taking on a slide

The Adirondacks is becoming quite well-known for its slides and those using those slides to access the summit of many of the High Peaks have multiplied. Is this good? Is this bad? It all depends on who you ask and the types of unnecessary risks that one takes while in pursuit. ...

Paddling trip with a river, three lakes and a carry

PAUL SMITHS — We were not alone. A red eye stared at us through very thin mist and then disappeared. But it was soon back, and it had brought a friend. Or maybe a lover. Early one morning, my friend Jason and I set out to paddle the St. Regis loop, a combination of a river, three lakes ...

Judge halts DEC’s construction of Cedar River bridge

LAKE GEORGE — A state Supreme Court judge granted a temporary restraining order Friday to keep the state from building a bridge over the Cedar River in the Essex Chain Lakes, at least until mid-July. Judge Robert Muller granted the order in Warren County Supreme Court, the latest step ...

APA OKs comment period for tent sites

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board has approved a public comment period for guidance on how the state will site primitive campsites. At its regular monthly board meeting, the APA board approved a permit for a small subdivision and water tower in Mayfield, heard a ...

DEC goes on parking ticket duty

KEENE — Hikers flocked to the High Peaks and Giant Mountain wilderness areas this weekend to capitalize on the warm weather, and at least 70 of them were met with parking tickets. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and local law enforcement agencies have stepped up ...

Plattsburgh police rescue Northern Forest paddler from river

PLATTSBURGH — A potentially terrible situation turned out good as Plattsburgh City Police were able to help rescue a man struggling in the Saranac River Sunday morning. “I’m glad it turned out that way. It could have been real bad,” City Police Cpl. Darin Perrotte, ...

Police seek whoever damaged ski trails by driving SUV on them

LAKE PLACID — On Sunday, the New York State Police received a call that a person had damaged cross-country ski trails at Cascade Ski Center by driving a four-wheel-drive SUV on them. The ski center reported an individual drove a Toyota 4-Runner on the Nordic trails, leaving “extensive ...

Police seek whoever damaged ski trails by driving SUV on them

LAKE PLACID -- On Sunday, the New York State Police received a call that a person had damaged cross-country ski trails at Cascade Ski Center by driving a four-wheel-drive SUV on them. The ski center reported an individual drove a Toyota 4-Runner on the Nordic trails, leaving "extensive ...

Sorting through the wide world of trekking poles

While trekking poles are relatively simple to use, they can be confusing to purchase, and even a bit scary to those with commitment issues. It can be difficult to figure out the difference between the various kinds of poles. Not only are there several different brands out there to choose ...

Easy access to a remote Adirondack experience

LAKE CLEAR — One of the best things about the Adirondacks is how quickly you can get to a place that feels like the middle of nowhere, and the St. Regis Canoe Area offers plenty of opportunities to feel like that. So on a somewhat chilly morning recently, my wife and son met friends of ...

See a moose? Let us know, DEC says

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to report moose sightings as part of a multi-year project to study the Adirondacks’ largest animal. According to a map of 2018 moose sightings by town, the vast majority of moose sightings in New York occur within ...

APA will honor Canon, talk primitive campsites

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board will hold its regular monthly meeting next Thursday and will honor a longtime critic of the agency in its annual tree planting ceremony. At 12:15 p.m., the APA’s annual tree planting ceremony will take place in honor of former ...

State steps up to monitor algae blooms

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has revamped the way people can find harmful algae blooms (HABs), and the department is encouraging the public to learn more about them as water and air temperatures warm. The DEC says HABs are increasing in number, with more than 400 ...

DEC reopens climbing routes where peregrines aren’t nesting

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the opening of numerous rock climbing routes now that it’s been determined where peregrine falcons are nesting. In an email, DEC wildlife staff said that all routes on the Upper Washbowl at Chapel Pond, the main wall at ...

New Van Ho hiking trail rerouted around Olympic venue construction

LAKE PLACID — The new Mount Van Hoevenberg East Trail, which opened last fall, has been temporarily rerouted due to construction at the nearby Olympic Sports Complex. “Hikers can park at the biathlon facility parking area in the complex and use a marked 2.9-mile detour bypassing the ...

Aquatic economy: Paddling industry has grown over decades

The paddling business in the Adirondack Park has expanded in recent decades, allowing for the activity to draw in tourists from around the world. June is Celebrate Paddling month, as declared by local stores that sell canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. They and the Northern Forest ...