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May, 2018

Trout Fishing in the St Regis Canoe Area

St Regis Canoe Area

As Tim Rowland and I paddled Little Clear Pond toward the St. Regis Pond carry in the early afternoon in mid-May, we noticed a group of anglers had gathered at the take-out. Two men were loading large backpacks into what looked like a Radisson canoe, a popular fishing boat that is propelled with oars like a guideboat. Behind them, two other men were standing at the edge of the woods, holding cans of beer, catching a break. The men looked slightly beat from hauling their large load of gear on the quarter-mile long carry. The group had spent the past >>More


May, 2018

Wildflower photo contest

red trillium

The current theme for the Explorer’s Views of the Park photo contest is “wildflowers.” Enter your favorite Adirondack wildflower shots by posting them on social media and using the hashtag #adkexplorerpix with the images. Five winners will receive free subscriptions and be published in the July/August issue.   


May, 2018

Tupper Lake guide dies days after being hit by tree

Lynn Malerba

Well-known Tupper Lake guide Vanessa “Lynn” Malerba has died just days after she was hit by a tree while camping in the Pharoah Lakes Wilderness in the eastern Adirondacks. Marlerba, 60, had been tent camping with three other people on Rock Pond Friday night when she was hit by a tree. After being rescued by forest rangers and local firefighters, she was flown to a hospital in Vermont, where she was in critical condition. She has since died, according to the Vermont Department of Health. Time of death and other details were not available. “Everybody in Tupper Lake is talking >>More


May, 2018

Photos of recent high waters in Saranac Lake

Last week, New York State sent personnel to the village of Saranac Lake to help control flooding from the Saranac River and other waterways. Above are photos of high water on Lake Flower and Saranac River in Saranac Lake. Here is a link to a news release that we received May 3.


May, 2018

Tupper Lake woman critical after being hit by tree while camping

A 60-year-old woman from Tupper Lake is in critical condition after being hit by a tree early Saturday morning at Rock Pond near Putnam Pond Campground. The woman was rescued by forest rangers and local fire fighters who removed the tree that had pinned the woman, according to a state Department of Environmental Conservation. Storms raged through the North Country Friday night. High winds knocked down trees and caused widespread damage, including power outages. Three forest rangers responded after DEC Dispatch received a call asking for assistance from the state police at about 1 a.m. Unable to drive to the >>More


May, 2018

DEC proposes moving Cascade trailhead to Mt Van Ho

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to move the Cascade Mountain trailhead to the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex as a way to deal with the surge in hikers using the trail, according to a draft amendment to the High Peaks Wilderness unit management plan. This amendment, which also contains proposals for the Boreas Ponds tract and other lands, will before the Adirondack Park Agency next week at its monthy meeting. The APA board is expected to vote to schedule public hearings on the draft. APA might approve the plans as early as this summer. The DEC >>More


May, 2018

Many Adirondack ponds and lakes are still covered in ice

Little Clear Pond

Standing on the shoreline of Follensby-Clear Pond on May 1, Doug Fitzgerald surveyed the ice conditions before him. “This (pond) is still locked up tight,” said Fitzgerald, referring to how ice covered much of the pond and hugged the shoreline. Fitzgerald has been keeping ice records on a handful of lakes and ponds in the vicinity of the St. Regis Canoe Area since 1992, when he started collecting data for a climate change study being conducted by a professor at the University of Buffalo. This visit marked the first time Fitzgerald has seen ice on Follensby-Pond Pond this late in >>More


April, 2018

Ice Out Progress on Long Lake

Long Lake

Ice out appears to be at least a couple of weeks away on many of lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks. However, Long Lake has lost some of its ice cover north of the Route 30 bridge. Long Lake is part of the Raquette River, which flows north through the High Peaks Wilderness toward Coreys on its way toward Tupper Lake and northwestern Adirondacks. Above are some photos from the Long Lake town beach on Monday, April 2.


March, 2018

Skiing Goodman Mountain in Tupper Lake

Conditions were optimal for skiing in the Adirondacks on March 15, when Explorer editor Phil Brown and I hit the trails near Tupper Lake. The area had received a series of snowstorms over the prior days and weeks, meaning the snowpack was a few feet deep. We started off the morning by skiing Coney Mountain, then hit Goodman Mountain at about noon. Phil then continued on to ski Arab Mountain, finishing off the Tupper Triad, three mountains promoted as part of a local hiking challenge. All three mountains are pretty small, but they aren’t skied very often. This day, it >>More


March, 2018

Skiing Coney Mountain

Explorer Editor Phil Brown and I skied Coney Mountain yesterday as part of a daylong ski trip. Phil went on to ski all three mountains of the Tupper Lake Triad (Coney, Goodman, and Arab), while I skied the first two, before heading home for a family event. The skiing on the 2,265-foot mountain was outstanding due to the recent snowfalls we’ve received in the past couple of weeks. Roughly a foot of fresh powder fell on the mountain in the prior 24 hours. That was important because normally you can’t ski Coney Mountain without being concerned about  hitting some of >>More