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DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hauls a canoe over one of the carry trails between the Essex Chain Lakes.  Photo:  Brian Mann
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hauls a canoe over one of the carry trails between the Essex Chain Lakes. Photo: Brian Mann

New to explore in the Adirondacks: the Essex Chain Lakes

This is the final week for public comment on the new management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the central Adirondacks.

The 11,000-acre chunk of wild forest and lakes near the town of Newcomb is part of the massive Finch Pruyn conservation deal that has expanded the Park's public land.

State officials are hoping the Essex Chain will offer a popular new alternative for paddlers and hikers and anglers, drawing more visitors to a part of the Park that often sees little traffic.

Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann made the trip last week and has our story.  Go to full article
View from the bluffs above Lows Lake. Source: NYSDEC
View from the bluffs above Lows Lake. Source: NYSDEC

Green groups win Lows Lake legal fight, Park precedent unclear

New York state officials have decided to drop their appeal of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over the management of Lows Lake, a popular paddling destination in the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Mountain Club and Protect the Adirondacks have fought for years to have the lake itself, including the water and lake bed, classified as wilderness.

Earlier this month, the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation decided to accept that designation. As Brian Mann reports, it's unclear how this legal victory for environmentalists will affect other lakes and rivers in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Baylor Johnson and Dan McConnell stand before a potential whitewater park spot
Baylor Johnson and Dan McConnell stand before a potential whitewater park spot

Plans for whitewater "play park" in Canton

This weekend, the village of Canton will be a haven for flatwater paddlers with the 50th anniversary of the Rushton canoe races.

There are also plans in the works to make better use of the Grasse River's whitewater. Planners are exploring construction of a "whitewater play park" at four sites on the Grasse in Canton. There's a public meeting on the subject tonight at 5:30 at the Grasse River Heritage building in the village.

David Sommerstein caught up with two of the organizers, Baylor Johnson and Dan McConnell.  Go to full article
Setting off in the morning (Photos:  Allen Mann
Setting off in the morning (Photos: Allen Mann

The Journey to Lake Lila

Over the last decade, a series of land deals in the Adirondacks has re-opened traditional back country canoe routes that had been closed for generations.

Paddlers are free to explore wild territory long posted off-limits by landowners.

Brian Mann made the trip from Little Tupper Lake to Lake Lila and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
A fern meadow on Schuyler Island (Photo:  Brian Mann)
A fern meadow on Schuyler Island (Photo: Brian Mann)

Audio postcard: Kayaking and camping on Lake Champlain's Schuyler Island

Schuyler Island, on Lake Champlain, is one of the most historic places in the North Country. Benedict Arnold fled there with his rebel fleet after the Battle of Valcour Island in 1776.

These days, the 120-acre island is part of the Adirondack Park, with wild forests and meadows and marshes. Brian Mann paddled to Schuyler Island for a camping trip last weekend and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Celebrating a new season of paddling

Thousands of paddlers are gathering in Old Forge for Adirondack Paddlefest 2010 this weekend. Its biggest draw is an opportunity to test paddle hundreds of different canoes and kayaks. Manufacturers use the weekend to unveil some of the latest designs and materials. Todd Moe talks with John Nemjo, owner of Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company. He's the organizer of the annual event that draws outdoors enthusiasts from around the country.  Go to full article

A new guide to paddling heaven

Just in time for the paddling season, there's a new book that features and celebrates the Northern Forest Canoe Trail -- a 740-mile water trail that stretches from the Adirondacks into northern Maine. Todd Moe talks with Kate Williams, Executive Director of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc about the new guidebook. It includes maps, photos and narratives, and is designed for casual and serious paddlers wanting to explore the region.  Go to full article
Sun and cloud created complex textures on Lake Champlain (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Sun and cloud created complex textures on Lake Champlain (Photos: Brian Mann)

Audio Postcard: Thankful for Lake Champlain, a kayak, and a warm day

Thanksgiving day was unseasonably warm across the North Country. Our Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, took advantage of the weather to head out for a kayak trip on Lake Champlain. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
The Rupert River (Brian Mann)
The Rupert River (Brian Mann)

On Quebec's wild Rupert River, the cry of a gray wolf

Last year, Brian Mann and Phil Royce of St. Lawrence University tracked a gray wolf in their canoe while paddling the Rupert River in nothern Quebec. Listen in on an excerpt of from his audio notebook.  Go to full article

Vermont's Dead Creek thrums with life, views of Adirondacks and Green Mountains

The Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area isn't very big (only about 3000 acres) but it's one of the most popular bird-watching sites in the Champlain Valley. The waterway on the Vermont side of the valley also offers gorgeous views of the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. Brian Mann took an evening paddle this week and sent back an audio postcard.  Go to full article

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