If you’re planning to paddle Lake Lila this Memorial Day weekend, be forewarned: The road leading to the lake is gated. I found this out the hard way after spending two days this week paddling from Little Tupper Lake to Lila. To make a long story short, I had to walk about six miles from the lake to the Sabattis Road to get my ride–this on top of two tough days of canoeing and portaging. DEC posts road closings on its Web site, but before my trip, I called up the wrong Web page. I also sort of assumed the road would be open before the holiday weekend. Bad assumption.
By the way, the black flies were horrible.