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. Keith Silliman says

    Good article, Phil.

    I maintain the campsites/fishing access point in the Plumadore and Saranac River PUAs. Until the last two years, there was little, if any use. The Saranac River site is one of the most beautiful spots to camp.

    Keith Silliman
    Loon Lake

  2. John Nevius says

    I would like to deer hunt the Loon Lake range as my Grandfather did while telegrapher and station agent, NYCentral, from 1908 to about 1948. It has always been posted since I was at Paul Smith’s College in the 60’s. It appears this area is now open to this use? Thanks, John Nevius.

  3. Phil Brown says

    John, the Kushaqua Tract is open to hunting, and most of the Loon Lake Mountain range is on the tract or in the forest preserve. The only restriction is that you must keep away from hunting camps. An acre around each camp is off limits to the public. The link below has more information.


  4. hiker says

    Excellent reporting job, Phil. This story belongs on USA today more than the other story trashing Hikers written by the steward; obviously an outlier situation, or lack of State responsibility of stewardship and resources. But it will likely never get as much attention due to political reasons, but nonetheless excellent work. Thank you.

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