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Are you ready to raft? I said, ARE YOU READY TO RAFT? Sorry. Anyway, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has just now announced details of this year’s Adirondack Challenge, a daylong event to be held this Sunday to promote Adirondack tourism. You...
I’ve been writing a lot recently about tourism in the Adirondacks and the North Country region more broadly.   What I’m finding is kind of a tale of two cities, or rather two very different types of small town.  Some...
Good news for North Country wine lovers this afternoon, as a bill to create the St. Lawrence Wine Trail (here’s a full list of the state’s wine trails) has now passed both houses. North Country Sens. Patty Ritchie, Joe Griffo and Betty...
Campers, hikers, nature lovers: do you go to wild places to get away from modernity? Or do you see value in “having it all?” Here’s why I’m asking. According to the Montréal Gazette (4/29) and other...
With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...


Special Reports

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Slideshow
Fishing on the St. Lawrence
Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.
Audio Slideshow
90 Miles by Canoe… in a Single Day
The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day—a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball."
Photo/Audio Essay
A Trek up Mt. Adams
A land deal will add thousands of acres to the state forest preserve, but it will almost certainly mean the removal of an antique fire tower that sits on Mt. Adams, near the town of Newcomb. Brian Mann made the climb.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Slideshow
A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
A Hike Up the Red Sandstone Trail
David Sommerstein hikes a new trail under construction along the Raquette River near Potsdam.
Photo Audio Essay
Winter Camping in the Adirondack High Peaks
The Adirondacks' High Peaks can be a hard place to find peace and quiet during the busy summer months. Many people choose the winter to get their fix for solitude among New York's tallest mountains. Winter camping offers unique pleasures and sometimes, unexpected perils. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein got plenty of both on a late winter expedition to Lake Colden and Algonquin Peak.
Photo Audio Essay
Snow Art in St. Regis Falls
A team from Dickinson Center won the 2002 New York State Snow Sculpting Competition in St. Regis Falls yesterday. Jody Tosti, an NCPR Team sculptor, spoke with some of her rivals.
Photo Audio Essay
Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
Audio Slideshow
Ellen in Canyonland
NCPR Station Manager Ellen says there's nothing like fear to get her attention as she reports on what she did on her summer vacation.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History, pt. 1
Wreck diving off Burlington with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
37th Annual Clayton Antique Boat Show
Thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auctiona chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and runabouts.
Photo Audio Essay
Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer. Photo: Brian Mann
Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer. Photo: Brian Mann

On Great Sacandaga Lake, summer ends in a "Ring of Fire"

We all know that North Country summers end in ice. Labor Day weekend gives way to an all-too-short autumn, to longer nights, and then to the first snow. But on the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks, locals and seasonal visitors celebrate the end of summer with fire.

Every Labor Day weekend for fifteen years, hundreds of people gather on the shore, building massive bonfires and holding impromptu firework shows.

Brian Mann was on the beach for last year's Ring of Fire and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Slain civil rights worker Andrew Goodman spent summers in Tupper Lake. Photo: public domain

Goodman Mountain in Adirondacks gets new trail

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) There is a new path to the summit of Goodman Mountain in the Adirondacks.

The 1.6-mile trail near Tupper Lake was officially opened Tuesday.  Go to full article
Gene Tunney (left) and James J. Jeffery in 1927. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/6218199222/">Boston Public Library</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adirondack village dedicating park to boxing champ

SPECULATOR, N.Y. (AP) A village in the Adirondacks is dedicating a new park to Gene Tunney, the Hall of Fame boxer who trained in the North Country before his two epic bouts with Jack Dempsey nearly 90 years ago.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that Gene Tunney park will be dedicated Thursday afternoon in Speculator, 67 miles northwest of Albany.  Go to full article
Brian paddles down the Ausable River on a hot summer day. Photo: Susan Waters

Canoe trek on the Ausable Marsh on a hot summer day

We've reached that time of year when summer is at its ripest. The first smells of fall are in the air, the first signs of fall color in the trees.

But late...  Go to full article
Saratoga Race Course. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/durhamd/1075371003">Dustin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Racetrack celebrating Saratoga Heritage Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Saratoga Race Course is celebrating the history and culture of its hometown with a day of activities at the historic track.

The New...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/24571330@N03/9462050066/">Karen Yaeger</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY fishing rules will extend through March

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation says current freshwater fishing regulations will extend through the end of March 2015, with a new...  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo hosts 2014 Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake in the Finger Lakes. Photo: NY Governor's Office

NY fishing touted in new TV tourism ads

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's finest fishing waters from Long Island to the Thousand Islands are featured in a TV tourism ad unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the weekend....  Go to full article
A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty

In Old Forge, can bears stay wild and coexist with humans?

The hamlet of Old Forge sees huge numbers of tourists this time every year. Many people come from all over the country to have their annual wilderness experience, along with...  Go to full article
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

USA Luge, in financial straits, reaches out for political help

Just months after capping off one of its most successful seasons on the ice, USA Luge is facing a financial crunch. Officials with the Lake Placid-based organization say if...  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

The fire danger is low and waters remain well...  Go to full article

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