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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.
The houseboat <i>La Duchesse</i>
The houseboat La Duchesse

Queen of the River Reigns in Clayton

The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton has the largest collection of inland pleasure boats in the world, and now it's home to an enormous houseboat dubbed the "grande dame" of the St. Lawrence River. La Duchesse is a 110-foot Gilded Age treasure that's become the crown jewel of the museum's collection. Earlier this summer La Duchesse was towed up through the Thousand Islands to her newly built 140 foot berth in Clayton. Todd Moe recently toured the historic houseboat.  Go to full article
The pickers: Mimi, Hallie, Ellen and Naomi, and Meg.

Into the Briar Patch

The North Country's woods don't offer a huge bounty of fruit. In 1859, Henry David Thoreau listed "wild plums and inedible crab apples, and a few palatable grapes" - and lots of nuts. But Thoreau enjoyed the blackberries. And it's the season, right now. It's not a great year for blackberries - too hot and dry. Last summer was MUCH better - wet weather produced a juicy, bountiful harvest. Martha Foley went out with a hardy group one brilliant, high contrast day. It was clear and dry, with a cool breeze. And NO blackflies.  Go to full article
Clarkson University's Tom Langen & Joe Osso

Road Salt Affecting Adirondack Lakes

This winter, state and local road crews will dump thousands of metric tons of salt on north country roads. The salt helps keep highways safe, preventing ice build-up and accidents. But environmentalists say the chemical is washing down into formerly pristine lakes and river. A research team from Clarkson University is studying the amount and the impact of salt collecting in the Cascade Lakes near Keene. Brian Mann spent a day with the scientists and sends this report.  Go to full article
Everett Smith still builds wood boats. He's piloting a replica of a 1910 era racing boat that he built. (Photo by Lester Graham)  Smith will be one of four boat builders at "Mr. Rushton's Regatta" this Sunday afternoon in Canton.

Life as a Wood Boat Builder

Some people dream of making things with their hands while they spend their days at the office shuffling papers. Others know from early on that they're supposed to create with...  Go to full article
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...  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...  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...  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

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