Testing the legal waters

Phil Brown paddles through private land toward Lake Lila.
Phil Brown paddles through private land toward Lake Lila. Photo by Susan Bibeau.

In an earlier blog, I mentioned that I did a two-day canoe trip from Little Tupper Lake to Lake Lila in May. A story about the trip will appear in the July-August issue of the Explorer. It’s more than just another account of Adirondack adventure, for I took a route that has been posted for years.

Essentially, I avoided a mile-long portage by paddling from Mud Pond down the outlet to Shingle Shanty Brook, which flows into Lake Lila. Despite no-trespassing signs and a cable across the brook, I believe what I did was legal. I explain my rationale in an op-ed piece published by the Albany Times Union. A fuller airing of the legal issues will appear in the next Explorer.

Incidentally, Susan Bibeau’s photo will grace our next cover.




About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

Reader Interactions


  1. tourpro says

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve paddled up to the signs and turned around. It’s so weird to see those signs kind of in the middle of nowhere.

    (Phil, Blog-on! This is the perfect outlet for you, More, more, more!)

    • Phil says

      Glad you like the blog. Thanks for the encouragement. I hope the article will lead to a resolution of the Shingle Shanty situation. Naturally, I think it should be resolved in the public’s right to paddle this magnificent waterway.

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