This series takes you to the Boquet and Saranac rivers, where efforts are being made to restore salmon populations.
About this series
What effect have dams had on two of the parks’ important rivers, the Boquet and the Saranac?
As beautiful as these rivers are and as wild as they seem, dams have changed them, blocking the natural movement of fish for decades and, in fact, centuries.
The Bouquet’s success story
Work restoring salmon to the Boquet has seen victories and setbacks in recent years.
Rewilding a run
What happened in the eastern Adirondack Park town of Willsboro is a sign of how quickly the balance can change.
Netting salmon to save them
Biologists track reintroduced salmon, in order to restore wild runs on Champlain tributaries
Up against obstacles
Dams’ presence on the Saranac mean efforts to reintroduce salmon hit literal walls
Barriers to renewal
Nearly 200 years later, NYS officials are still trying to get salmon back into the Saranac River. The biggest obstacle: Dams.
Scenes of the Saranac
Explorer intern Benjamin Chambers visited the Saranac River to photograph its dams and natural habitat.
Anglers turned advocates
Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t? Anglers join the fight to do something about Plattsburgh’s Imperial Dam.
Experience the river
It may not be as wild, but the Saranac offers an abundance of recreation
The fishing’s good
See anglers in action at the mouth of the Saranac, where it meets Lake Champlain.
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