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Outdoors

Rangers rescue injured and lost people

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers assisted numerous people in the backcountry who were lost or suffering from injuries, as well as coordinating a search that led to the discovery of a missing volunteer. --- Town of Bolton A 40-year-old man called Warren ...

DEC plans new hiking, snowmobile and ski trails

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s program for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is a behemoth of a plan, one that entails changes to numerous existing trails around the area as well as the creation of several new paths for a wide variety of ...

Successful haul on the big lake

SARANAC LAKE — Bloomingdale’s Kim Abrams has had an eye-opening past month of fishing on Lake Champlain. During two trips out on the big lake with her friend, Vermonter Larry Lockerby, Abrams hauled in 14 lake trout, including the whopper she reeled in on Thursday, June ...

DEC to upgrade parking, boat launches as part of wild forest plan

SARANAC LAKE — From trailheads to boat launches, campsites to fishing spots, the state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to make major upgrades to many of the places people access the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. The DEC’s recently released unit management plan for much of ...

Indian Lake offers options in new hiking challenge

INDIAN LAKE — The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to enjoy the plethora of hiking options available in Hamilton County. The 4-3-2-1 Hiking Challenge requires hikers to complete four easy hikes, three intermediate ones, two difficult hikes and then either Snowy or ...

DEC would change islands camping

SARANAC LAKE — Little more than a century after camping first opened on Lower and Middle Saranac lakes, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to both the regulations governing the campground and the locations of some of its sites. Officially sanctioned ...

CATS to host grand opening of new trail

Champlain Area Trails is celebrating a new trail in Willsboro this Saturday. The High Point Trail is located on land owned by Marsha and Bill Harbison, who developed the trail and have now opened it to the public. CATS recently marked the trail and built a small parking area. The trail, ...

Big changes to backcountry camping in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s recently released unit management plan for much of the state land around the Tri-Lakes calls for sweeping changes to some popular camping areas. The plan also calls for opening new campsites to offset the closure of ...

Father’s Day fishing derby is a multi- generational tradition

SARANAC LAKE — A sunny Father’s Day brought children out with their fathers, grandfathers and caregivers to the annual Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby. According to Club President Jim Jones, the event has been hosted annually for over 30 years. He ...

DEC app complete for phase 1 of ACR

TUPPER LAKE — Initial Department of Environmental Conservation permit applications for the future development of the Adirondack Club and Resort are complete. On Wednesday the DEC posted notice on their website of Preserve Associates’ completed applications for permits related to the ...

Explorer publisher looks toward the future

SARANAC LAKE — One of the most recognizable publications covering the Adirondack Park has a new leader at the helm, and she hopes to expand the magazine’s reach and digital presence. Tracy Ormsbee, who was hired earlier this year to be the publisher of the Adirondack Explorer, came ...

Outdoor travel comes with certain level of risk

For many outdoor travelers, the risk of passing through wild, remote areas is an important component of the experience. By definition, it involves traveling to remote or exotic locations to engage in physically challenging outdoor activities that may present a reasonable risk to life and limb. ...

Bike boosters

Some of the major proposals in the state’s ambitious plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest would likely not have been included if not for a local group that has shown the ability to build and maintain mountain bike trails that draw visitors in from all over North America. Barkeater ...

Woman gives birth on side of road as ECO tries to help

By the Enterprise staff A woman gave birth on the side of the road recently in St. Lawrence County after a state environmental conservation officer tried in vain to escort her to the hospital. The state Department of Environmental Conservation reported that on Thursday, June 1, ECO Jon ...

N.Y. Legislature considers variety of outdoors bills

From ski helmets to hunting licenses, the state Assembly and Senate are looking at bills that may have an impact on the way people recreate throughout the Empire State. - Hunting - Many of the bills in this session are geared toward hunting. Numerous bills concern hunting and fishing ...

Volunteers sought to work on trails

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking volunteers to work on trails in the northeastern part of New York. The DEC is looking for individuals to help maintain trails in the towns of Peru and Black Brook in Clinton County and town of Chesterfield in Essex County. The ...