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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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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.

Preview: National Trails Day

Hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts in the North Country will spend tomorrow cleaning up, mending and clearing trails. Those who use trails in the region will help celebrate National Trails Day. Todd Moe talks with Jamie Savage, who's organizing the 3rd annual National Trails Day activities in the Clifton-Fine area.  Go to full article

Anglers' Repose on the St. Lawrence

Hundreds of anglers are converging on the St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and Massena for the 2005 World Carp Championship. Competitors will represent more than 20 countries from 5 continents. The tournament starts on Sunday. Tomorrow we'll have a story on the basics of carp fishing. But today we focus on the more traditional North Country catches. Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.  Go to full article

ATVs, Freedom & Controversy: A Talk With Judy Wendt

In the North Country, the debate over motorized recreation - ATVs, snowmobiles, motorboats and jetskis - has hardened. The issue marks a bitter dividing line between environmentalists and riders who want more access to wild lands. ATV use has grown dramatically, but this spring state officials unveiled a draft plan that would effectively ban the machines on New York's forest preserve. 4-wheel clubs and local government groups are fighting back. They're better-organized and more vocal than ever before. At heated public hearings held by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation, ATV and snowmobile fans far outnumbered their opponents. One of the leaders of the motor sport movement is Judy Wendt. Wendt grew up in Star Lake and lives now south of Potsdam. She represents the Adirondack Citizens Council, the Black River-St. Lawrence Resource Conservation and Development Council and the New York State Off Road Vehicle Association. Wendt sat down with Brian Mann to talk about the future of motorized recreation and the cultural divide that's formed over the machines.  Go to full article

APA Hears Opposition To "Primitive" Tag for State Land

The Adirondack Park Agency held a public hearing in Saranac Lake on Friday to discuss management of state forests in Franklin County.  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)

Appeal Rejected in ORDA Contract Dispute

A state appeals court has once again ruled in favor of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA was sued over the awarding of a lucrative food services contract for...  Go to full article
Camping on Sacandaga (Source: NYS DEC)

Despite Rain, Campgrounds Expected To Fill Up

Despite the rainy forecast, traffic is expected to be heavy this weekend at north country campgrounds. Earlier this spring, five of the region's campgrounds made a list of...  Go to full article
Sean Manning with a 30 lb carp. (source: American Carp Society)  <i>To volunteer at the tournament in Waddington, call : 315-764-5654, or 310-488-8205.</i>

World Carp Championship Coming to Waddington

The 2005 World Carp Championship, the largest and most prestigious carp sporting event in the world will be held on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, June 4th through the...  Go to full article

APA Hears Boreal Forest Arguments

The Adirondack Park Agency held the first of five public meetings in Colton last night. The agency is gathering comments regarding the classification, or reclassification,...  Go to full article

ATV Trail Would Link Four Counties

An ATV trail network is in the planning stages in St. Lawrence County. County lawmaker Alex MacKinnon made the announcement at last night's meeting in Colton. He said an...  Go to full article

Big Tupper Resort: APA Says Dozens of Questions Need to be Answered

The Adirondack Park Agency issued a thirty-three page report yesterday, raising questions about key aspects of a new resort proposed for Tupper Lake. APA staff want more...  Go to full article

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