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July, 2019

Dark Skies Region Kicking-Off Sky Festival Stargazing Events


Tupper Lake is set to hold stargazing events to raise funds and awareness about the planned opening of the new AstroScience Center in 2024, aimed at exposing the public to the night sky. With its location within the protected Adirondack Park, with low light pollution, typically low humidity, and a relatively high altitude, Tupper Lake provides ideal conditions for night sky viewing, some of the best east of the Mississippi. An Adirondack Sky Festival is set for Sunday, July 21st. All are welcome to a community-wide celebration of the dark skies and stargazing at the first Adirondack Sky Festival. The >>More


July, 2019

Eighth Annual Loon Race Coincides with Newcomb SummerFest


The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) is once again hosting its annual Rubber Loon Race on July 20 at 3 pm. The loon race mimics that long-standing rubber ducky race tradition, but with an Adirondack twist. The unique rubber loons make their trip downstream and three winners have the opportunity to collect a cash prize. My family has been exploring the trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center since my children were learning how to walk. We’ve attended special workshops. We’ve paddled, swam, and attended lectures. There is always a welcome staff member to answer our questions. Since most of the events >>More


July, 2019

Unexpected Night In The Woods, Tired Hikers Turn Into Rescues


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of Keene Wilderness Rescue: On July 13 at 11:45 pm, a call came in to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a group of overdue hikers on Mount Colden. It was reported >>More


July, 2019

7th Annual Adirondack Challenge Festival


The 7th Annual Adirondack Challenge Festival in Indian Lake has been set for, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19 – 21. Governor Andrew Cuomo inaugurated this annual event in Indian Lake seven years ago to highlight recreational tourism in the Adirondack Park. The annual event has become an opportunity for Indian Lake businesses, organizations and the Town to showcase themselves with a variety of visitor activities. During the weekend, numerous family fun Adirondack Challenge Festival activities will be held throughout the Town, including a Poker Paddle; Scavenger Hunt; Art Exhibits; Scenic Boat Cruise; Theater Film Showings; Moose on » Continue >>More


July, 2019

Wilmington Festival Showcases Expanding Mountain Bike Trails


The Town of Wilmington is set to host their third Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, showcasing the area’s rapidly growing web of mountain biking trails, from August 30th to September 1st, 2019. The three-day event capitalizes on Wilmington as a hub for over 25 miles of locally-built and rider-maintained single track trails. The town was recently named one of America’s 20 Best Mountain Biking Towns by National Geographic. The weekend includes on-site camping, live music, local food and craft beer, group rides for all abilities, shuttles, and a kids’ mountain bike race. There are guided and self-guided group rides for beginners, >>More


July, 2019

Indian Lake Poker Paddle Set for Saturday


The Indian Lake Poker Paddle has been set for Saturday, July 20th. Attendees will start and finish at Byron Park. Check in starts at 10:30 am, with the paddle and card drawings from noon to 3:30 pm. The Indian Lake Poker Paddle is an annual event sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. Attendees explore the shores and bays of the scenic Indian Lake. Anything that floats and is propelled by a paddle qualifies including canoes, kayaks, SUPs, rowboats, guideboats, and rafts. Open to all ages and skill levels. Cash prizes for best poker hands. Food, soft drinks and >>More


July, 2019

US Waterski Show In Long Lake July 20th


The US Waterski Show Team is set to perform in Long Lake at the Long Lake Town Beach on Saturday, July 20th. Demonstrations of pyramids, tricks and barefoot waterskiing begin at the Town Beach starting at 10 am with the team performance at 2 pm. The showcase will be along the Long Lake beach waterfront in front of the Helms Seaplane Base and the Long Lake Town Beach along NYS Route 30. Spectators are invited to enjoy an array of synchronized jumps and quadruple-decker pyramids and glittery costumes. The US Waterski Show Team is a water-ski club based in Scotia, >>More


July, 2019

Rangers Say Man Had Long-Term Camp On State Land


NYS Forest Rangers told the press Tuesday that on July 11 at 7:40 p.m., a call came in to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from the father of a man who was camping long-term on state land in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area, in violation of the law. Rangers said the 36-year-old male from Crown Point was communicating with his father over the course of several weeks but the father stated that he had not heard from the son in some time and that he had missed the last two supply drops. Worried about his son’s well-being, he requested Forest Rangers >>More


July, 2019

It’s Time to Build and Staff a High Peaks Information Center


I recently visited the rest areas on Northway that have been hyped as information hubs for the Adirondack Park as a tourism destination and as locations that will guide the public about hiking in the Forest Preserve, especially the High Peaks.  These facilities are newly built and function adequately as typical rest areas with bathrooms, vending machines, and places to stretch your legs. Unfortunately, there is scant information about hiking in the High Peaks or the Forest Preserve. As they stand now, these centers, especially the Northway northbound “High Peaks Center” between exits 29 and 30, and the major new >>More


July, 2019

LGLC Holds 7th Annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon


The Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) annual event, the Lake George Hike-A-Thon, took place on July 5, 2019, with nearly 550 hikers, paddlers, and volunteers taking part. Organizers say that seven years in, the event continues to show strong support from participants as well as sponsors. The LGLC put out a survey after the event to get feedback from participants. Of 70 entries received to date, 96% said they were “very satisfied” with the Hike-A-Thon, and 97% said they are “very likely” to participate again. The morning event included 17 different hikes and paddles around Lake George that occurred simultaneously, >>More