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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

trophy fish
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.
Bear canister. (photo: Wildlife Conservation Society)
Bear canister. (photo: Wildlife Conservation Society)

New High Peaks Rule Requires Bear-proof Containers

A new regulation that will require the use of bear-proof food containers in part of the Adirondack High Peaks region took effect yesterday. Ed Reed, wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Conservation in Ray Brook, says the rule is meant to reduce the potential for negative encounters between bears and people. He spoke with Chris Knight.  Go to full article
Rigging a sail at the Rushton Boat Shop in Canton. (photo: St. Lawrence Co. Historical Association)

Preview: Mr. Rushton's Regatta

A special tribute to the life and career of North Country boatbuilder J. Henry Rushton will be held this Sunday afternoon at Taylor Park in Canton. It's sponsored by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) and Grasse River Heritage Project, and is part of Canton's Bicentennial Celebration. Todd Moe spoke with TAUNY's Jill Breit about Rushton and the history of boatbuilding in the region.  Go to full article
Ed Robertson paddles on Butterfield Lake, one of the largest of the Indian River Lakes.

Preserving the Low Profile of the Indian River Lakes

Between the high profile destinations of the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks, there's a hidden gem of a region. It's called the Indian River Lakes. Black Lake is the most famous and popular, but 14 other little bodies of water straddle the St. Lawrence-Jefferson County line, just several miles inland from the St. Lawrence River. It's rugged country, part of a granite strip called the Frontenac Arch that links the Adirondacks with the Canadian Shield. A conservancy formed several years ago to protect the area. David Sommerstein went kayaking with the group's president and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Botulism Killing Birds on St. Lawrence, Lake Ontario

State environment officials are investigating the deaths of sea birds in the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River and along the shore of Lake Ontario. The DEC...  Go to full article

Manure Spill Contaminates Black River

A massive sewage spill from a dairy farm near Lowville, on the Black River, forced Watertown to shut off its main water supply yesterday afternoon. The city is operating on...  Go to full article

A Long Swim to Celebrate 50th

Sally Friedman is celebrating her 50th birthday by swimming 8 miles. She's competing in a race across Lake Champlain from Wilsboro to Burlington. Friedman started marathon...  Go to full article

Scout Camp Closes

A boy scout summer camp that's been around since 1943 shut down last week. The struggling scouts are now trying to sell the camp for $2.5 million. Camp Bedford is on the...  Go to full article
The undiscovered Osgood River

The Osgood River, One Oxbow at a Time

The Osgood River flows through some of the wildest country in the northern Adirondacks. For decades, New York state has considered including it on a list of scenic and wild...  Go to full article

Local Fire Crews Return from Massive Quebec Blazes

21 New York forest rangers and assistant forest rangers returned late last night from northern Quebec. They spent the last two weeks helping to fight dozens of wild fires...  Go to full article
Duck Hole Dam in 2000. Photo courtesy Gary Dean.

Hikers and State Officials Debate Fate of Crumbling Duck Hole Dam

A group of hikers say a crumbling dam in a remote area of the Adirondack High Peaks should be rebuilt. They hope to save a famous man-made pond known as Duck Hole. The...  Go to full article

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