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Outdoors

APA reviews plan for Sentinel Wilderness

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released its unit management plan for the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area near Lake Placid, and the state Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a public comment period for the plan later this week. The Sentinel ...

APA to talk primitive campsites, Sentinel Range Wilderness

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will meet for the first time in two months this week, tackling a full agenda at its headquarters in Ray Brook. The regular monthly meeting was not held last month. It is scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week, and the board — which has ...

37th 90-Miler leaves paddlers tired, happy

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Canoe Classic — better known as the 90-Miler — arrived in Saranac Lake on Sunday as about 250 boats finished the three-day race on the shore of Lake Flower. The 90-Miler is in its 37th year, and began on Friday in Old Forge. After paddling to Long Lake ...

Early bear hunting season opens in part of upstate

ALBANY (AP) — Early bear hunting season is open in some southeastern parts of upstate New York. State environmental officials say early bear season started Saturday and runs through Sept. 22 in southeastern New York. Early black bear seasons will open next weekend in northern New York ...

A quick trip to the Washbowl

The Roaring Brook trailhead for Giant Mountain is often packed full, but for good reason. From there, a number of pleasant hikes begin, including up the 12th-highest mountain in New York, the top of Roaring Brook Falls and the lone named pond in the wilderness area, Giant Washbowl. During ...

Hiker shuttle follows federal funds to Wilmington

Why are state and local government agencies sending hiker shuttle buses from Lake Placid to Wilmington instead of to Keene, where the busing might alleviate a persistent parking crunch at trailheads along state Route 73? One reason is federal funding. Essex County receives State ...

With care, hiking and hunting can mix safely

With hunting right around the corner, many hikers decide to take a bit of time off. The time off is not only to partake in hunting, but in some cases hikers are nervous about being in the woods. Hunting season isn’t a reason to become a couch potato. You still have to get out there to ...

Hikers will be bused to Wilmington

WILMINGTON — A new shuttle bus system, designed to encourage hikers to explore mountains beyond the state Route 73 corridor, will start service this fall, state and local officials announced Thursday. The free shuttle service will travel between Lake Placid, the Whiteface Mountain Ski ...

Rangers make four rescues this week in Adirondacks

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to help hikers who were dehydrated, injured, having a medical episode or stranded by a rain-swollen brook this past week in the Adirondacks. - Town of St. Armand - On Aug. 26 at 6:43 p.m., the Lake ...

Warren County makes deal to open fire tower trail

The prospect of having a new hiking trail to a historic fire tower trail in northern Warren County appears to have improved. Warren County leaders hope to allow public access to the Swede Mountain fire tower, which is on land that Warren County owns off Route 8 in Hague, just east of the ...

Thousands of hikers out on Labor Day weekend

KEENE VALLEY — Despite a roadside parking ban, hikers continued to park illegally in numerous locations along busy state Route 73 this Labor Day weekend. And while the nice weather Friday through Sunday helped draw crowds, one local forest ranger — who spoke as a union delegate — ...

Adirondack Council: Park’s popularity is blessing and curse

The Adirondack Council, an environmental advocacy group based in Elizabethtown, has released its annual State of the Park report, giving mixed reviews to local and state leaders who have hands in managing the Adirondack Park. “The success the Adirondacks enjoy is now one of our biggest ...

Police: Three hurt as powerboat hits rowboat in Eagle Bay

EAGLE BAY — Police say a powerboat driver sent two people to the hospital when he ran over their rowboat Sunday in the southwest Adirondacks. The Town of Webb Police Department reported in a press release that at 2:36 p.m. it was informed by multiple 911 calls that a powerboat had run ...

Thousands of hikers out on Labor Day weekend

KEENE VALLEY — Despite a roadside parking ban, hikers continued to park illegally in numerous locations along busy state Route 73 this Labor Day weekend. And while the nice weather Friday through Sunday helped draw crowds, one local forest ranger — who spoke as a union delegate — ...

Unending views on the Soda Range

The first glimpse of the views we could expect all day only took a few minutes to get to from the parking area, which only had two other cars in it early on a Monday morning. And after that, it wasn’t that there were unending views so much as there were just occasional breaks where we could ...

Paddling and battling Lake Placid

Paddling on Lake Placid is never dull or the same twice, and that’s mainly due to confusing Adirondack weather patterns that even the professionals can only assume. The lake is big enough and choppy enough where it can be considered unsheltered “big water,” and even a bit dangerous ...

Forest rangers help injured, lost hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a number of injured and lost people around the Adirondacks last week. - Town of North Elba - Just before 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a radio transmission from Assistant Forest ...

Coyotes — friend or foe?

Have you ever heard the sound of coyotes (Canis latrans) baying at night? The call of a solitary wanderer? The yipping and howling of a young family moving swiftly through the forest? A chorus of voices raised in song for miles around? And if you have heard them, have you ever seen ...

Public weighs in on parasailing at Lake George

LAKE GEORGE — Parasailing operators and members of the public gave Lake George Park commissioners their takes Tuesday morning about parasailing on the lake. The public input session, held at the Town Hall, was prompted by a near-drowning earlier this summer of a man who was ...