Outdoors

Swimmer found dead in Great Sacandaga Lake

NORTHAMPTON — The body of a boater who went missing when swimming in the Great Sacandaga Lake on Saturday was located Monday morning. Major L. Adams, 36, of Saratoga Springs was found dead by searchers at approximately 10:50 a.m. According to a State Police news release, Adams was ...

Scholarships available for wildlife management studies

The Janice and Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund is accepting applications from students looking to study wildlife management. This is the 24th round of grants from the fund, which are awarded to New York state residents who are, “or will be, working toward obtaining a degree in some facet ...

Beating back Japanese knotweed in Hamilton County

LAKE PLEASANT — The Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program has gained ground in its fight against Japanese knotweed, a rampant invasive plant that out-competes native plants, creates a fire hazard and can lower property value. Japanese knotweed is a terrestrial invasive plant that is well ...

Washout fix on track

LAKE CLEAR — A massive washout under the railroad tracks of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is in the process of being repaired, as contractors begin to make their way to the remote location. The state Department of Transportation, which manages the state-owned, 112-mile ...

Cuomo summer includes Lake George waterski

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent some time in Lake George this weekend. A photo of the governor waterskiing in the Adirondacks was posted on his official Instagram account Sunday evening with the caption: “Had a great time water skiing with my daughter Cara this weekend in the Adirondacks — ...

Wilmington Bike Fest set for August

WILMINGTON — Barkeater Trails Alliance will host its third annual Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival over Labor Day weekend. Set for three days, from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, the festival will celebrate Wilmington’s place as one of the leading mountain biking villages in the country. ...

APIPP helps transform preserve

WILLSBORO — For the last four years, the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy — along with private land owners, local government leaders and volunteers — has worked to transform more than 100 acres in Willsboro into an accessible nature preserve. After years of abuse — ...

Two ponds connected by history

The Saranac River is a paddler’s dream, stretching 81 miles from the St. Regis Canoe area to Lake Champlain. And although there are dozens of lakes and ponds that contribute water to the river, two parts of the river were dammed more than 100 years ago. In the early 1900s, Paul Smith — ...

Paddling the Pinks of the Saint Regis Canoe Area

I sure am glad I took full advantage of the sun while we had it, before the moisture settled in for an overextended stay; which seemed to be the story of this spring and early summer. We decided to only get out the kayaks at this point to see what kind of trouble we could get ourselves ...

Hiker dies at Mount Marcy

A western New York man died at Mount Marcy Tuesday while hiking with his family. Dennis J. Stowell, 61, of Savannah, died of a heart attack shortly before 1 p.m., according to State Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman. Stowell, a farmer at Wayne Farms in Red Creek, was ...

New York’s climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

ALBANY — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation’s most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to ...

Hiker dies at Mount Marcy

A western New York man died at Mount Marcy Tuesday while hiking with his family. Dennis J. Stowell, 61, of Savannah, died of a heart attack shortly before 1 p.m., according to State Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman. Stowell, a farmer at Wayne Farms in Red Creek, was ...

Rangers locate illegal long-term camper

State forest rangers helped numerous groups of hikers last week, in addition to helping a father locate his son who was long-term illegally camping on Forest Preserve lands near Schroon Lake. --- Town of Long Lake On Monday, July 8, a 71-year-old man fell near the summit of Owls Head ...

Tempers flare over trailhead parking

At the popular Roaring Brook Falls trailhead in St. Huberts, the parking lot was already packed shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday. It was a warm day with good hiking conditions, and word of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s new roadside parking ban along Route 73 had started ...

Protect the Adirondacks annual meeting includes awards, board members

OLD FORGE — Protect the Adirondacks, one of the Adirondack Park’s green groups, will host its annual meeting this weekend, with awards to be issued and a vote scheduled for the board of directors. The all-day meeting will be held Saturday at View Arts Center in Old Forge. The ...

Moose peeping

SARANAC LAKE — A young bull moose hanging out in a backwater pool between state Route 3 and the Saranac River drew viewers all day long Sunday. The moose, standing a little more than hoof deep in the water off the river across from Trudeau Sand and Gravel, had been reported to the ...

New scratch-off lucky numbers are 3, 6, 9, 46

SARANAC LAKE — A pair of local women have started a new business to help scratch that hiking itch. Lynne Murphy and Jennifer Moore, co-owners of peak quest (spelled with lower-case letters), have begun printing scratch-off cards so hikers can commemorate their accomplishments. ...

Easy access from Lake Placid

Lake Placid is loaded with scenic destinations, but not all of them have to take all day to reach. These select destinations are perfect for those not wishing to do much hiking at all. Or maybe it’s a hot, humid day and the air condition of the car has its charm. The following ...

Hard-core hikers

There is a new standard for climbing the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Two SUNY Cortland graduates, Michael R. Jock, 30, and Lukas B. Wear, 28, who are roommates and independent personal trainers in Manhattan, have completed the fastest known unsupported through-hike of the 46 High ...

Under the road and through the woods

SCHROON LAKE — People who drive along Interstate 87 — the Northway — are treated to wonderful views of Schroon Lake, even as they zip past at 75 mph. But for those who would like to soak in the view for a little longer, Mount Severance offers a quick hike and a bird’s-eye ...