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Adirondack Explorer

April, 2019

High Waters on the Raquette River

I drove over to Coreys and visited Stony Creek and the Raquette River this morning to check on the water levels. They were at flood levels, which is typical for this time of the year because of the melting snow mixed with heavy rains.


April, 2019

Scenes from the 2018 Wilmington Whiteface Mountain bike race

In the May issue of the Explorer, Alan Wechsler writes about competing in the the Wilmington Whiteface 100-kilometer (62-mile) bike race last June. The race goes from the base of Whiteface Mountain to Elizabethtown and back. The event is a qualifier for the Leadville 100, a famous mountain bike race that is set in the Colorado Rockies. Above are some photos of the 2018 Wilmington Whiteface race.


April, 2019

Solar array at Kate Mountain Park in Vermontville

The town of Franklin used a NYSERDA grant to build a solar array in Kate Mountain Park off of state Route 3 in Vermontville. The solar panels will be used to power Franklin’s town hall, highway garage,  and park facilities. These photos of the panels were taken in April. 


April, 2019

Winter paddling on the Cedar River

Canoeist Marty Plante paddled a 13-mile section of the Cedar River near the village of Indian Lake last fall. He returned in early April to revisit a section to get some photos, but he found the river locked up with ice. So he went upstream and found some open water a few rapids to run. Above are some photos I took of him from that trip. An article describing his 13-mile journey can be found in the May issue of the Explorer.


April, 2019

Share Ice Out Conditions For Your Favorite Lake or Pond

The ice went out on Lake George on April 13.


April, 2019

Grainy photo of a cat …

I got a call earlier this week from a man who says a cougar in late March on state Route 28n in Minerva, a quiet area in the central Adirondacks. 


April, 2019

Opening day of trout fishing season

Trout fishing season opened on Monday. As is often the norm in the northern Adirondacks, wintery conducts persisted so there was very little open water for anglers.


March, 2019

Snowmobiles on the tracks in Lake Clear

Above are photos that were taken this past winter during a snowstorm in the northern Adirondacks. The snowmobilers are riding on the travel corridor in Lake Clear. The corridor stretches from Lake Placid to Utica.


March, 2019

Video of ice lining Ausable River near Upper Jay

Highway crews removed ice from the East Branch of the Ausable River this winter to clear a channel, hoping to prevent ice jams. The ice now lines the river along state Route 9N. Here’s a video that shows how much ice was removed.


March, 2019

Flood watch issued for rivers due to thaw

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch until Saturday evening for northern New York due to rising temperatures and rains that are causing a significant snowmelt. The combination of those factors can cause the break up of river ice, leading to ice jams and flooding.