Outdoors

The trails and rivers less traveled

I spent most of the past week enjoying views from the eastern edge of the Adirondacks while traveling on the increasingly popular Champlain Area Trails system, or CATS. The trails connect communities from Ticonderoga to Keeseville, with a combination of public and private lands. With the High ...

Rail Explorers plan new route, and exit strategy

LAKE CLEAR - By announcing plans to open a new route from Lake Clear to Tupper Lake, Rail Explorers displayed faith in a lawsuit to preserve the railroad running from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid.This announcement came during an Adirondack lake region expo about tourism in the Paul Smiths, St. ...

Climber looks back on almost fatal fall

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday, May 23, Kyle Ciarletta was topping out on a rock climbing route on Pitchoff Mountain between Lake Placid and Keene. The next thing he knew, he was in the hospital in Burlington suffering from grave injuries.Ciarletta is a 22-year-old man from Eagleville, ...

Monitors stop hundreds of invasives in one month

The people who help check and monitor boats for invasive species had a busy first month on the job this year, preventing nearly 300 incidents of possible invasive species being introduced into Adirondack waters.The Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program intercepted 284 invasive ...

DEC announces increased access to Santa Clara tract

SANTA CLARA - The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that starting today there will be increased access for the public to the Santa Clara Tract Easement and Forest Preserve lands in the Madawaska Flow-Quebec Brook Primitive Area.Located in the towns of Duane and Santa ...

This winter was worst on record for Whiteface

LAKE PLACID - The winter that wasn't wreaked havoc on the state Olympic Regional Development Authority's revenues. Even a great summer last year wasn't enough to lift Whiteface Mountain Ski Center's yearly financials.After last summer was its greatest to date, Whiteface Mountain's winter season ...

It’s sink or swim for cardboard boaters in SL

SARANAC LAKE - The first ever Corrugated Cup Cardboard Boat race was a success, even if most of the boats sank before crossing the finish line.The event, which was held on Saturday morning at Lake Flower, saw about 10 boats made only of cardboard and duct tape hit the water as a fundraiser for ...

River cleaned up

SARANAC LAKE - For the first time in several years, volunteers gathered to pick garbage out of the Saranac River.Numerous volunteers started downtown in the Dorsey Street parking lot and drifted downstream in canoes provided by local outfitters.St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, the Northern Forest ...

Rangers rescue lost hikers, kayakers

New York state forest rangers respond to calls from lost and injured backcountry users on both public and private land this past week.Town of North ElbaOn Thursday, June 23, Department of Environmental Conservation dispatch in Ray Brook received a call about an injured 17-year-old woman on ...

Historical look at Rainbow narrows

We set off from Buck Pond campground in Onchiota, and as soon as we hit the water, the bugs were gone with a light breeze that barely rippled the water.Within 10 minutes, my wife and I were already heading through history as we made our way out of Lake Kushaqua and into the Rainbow narrows. We ...

Let’s not forget, we were all rookies at one time

As the annual camping season arrives, it is important to be patient when dealing with newcomers - whether in the field, the forest or on the waters. It's easy for experienced hands to forget just how intimidating their first few camping trips actually were.In my younger years, our family camped ...

Bobcat that attacked couple near Albany had rabies

NEW SCOTLAND (AP) - Authorities say a bobcat that was shot and killed after attacking a couple outside an upstate New York home has tested positive for rabies.Albany County officials tell the Times Union Friday that the injured husband and wife have already begun receiving shots to prevent them ...

Free fishing Saturday, Sunday

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is offering the second free fishing weekend of the year this weekend.Anglers of all ages are free to fish without needing a fishing license on Saturday and Sunday. All other fishing regulations still apply.For more information, visit ...

It’s Pollinator Awareness Week

ALBANY - The state departments of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets are celebrating a proclamation made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo designating this week as Pollinator Awareness Week in New York.Bees may be the most famous pollinators, but butterflies, bats, native bees and ...

Moose hunting bill moves forward

A bill that would have the state Department of Environmental Conservation develop moose hunting regulations passed the state Senate last week.Sen. Patrick Gallivan, a Republican from Elma outside of Buffalo, introduced the bill early last year, and the Senate approved it but it died in the ...

Wildfire on shore of Big Tupper burns 2 acres

TUPPER LAKE - Firefighters worked for about two hours to extinguish a wildfire that burned approximately 2 acres of land on the shore of Big Tupper Lake in the late afternoon Monday.The Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to the reported wildfire on the outer edge of Rock Island ...

Legislature OKs Ad’k land bank

The state legislature approved two measures last week that affect both public and private land owners in the Adirondack Park: creating a "land bank" and sorting out Raquette Lake disputes dating to the 1870s.One bill would amend the "forever wild" clause of the state constitution to allow ...