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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...
Well, today we’re all hunkering down for yet another winter storm. But take heart, spring is around the corner. That’s why the National Capital Commission (NCC) closed the Rideau Canal yesterday, ending the 44th Skateway season And what...
Bias alert: I like winter. Maybe that’s because I’m not from these parts and haven’t had time to get sick of it yet. But I love the beauty, the way it changes all the time, all the winter sports, cosy sitting beside a crackling...
Public radio: it’s your go-to source for important, hard-hitting topics so often ignored by main-stream media. Such as the annual Christmas Bird Count, a popular event in environmental circles in the U.S. and Canada, as shown by this map of...
It’s been an eventful winter, weather-wise, so far. This time around the Ottawa region is not getting the big snowstorm that’s pummeling the U.S. northeast. But we’ve got the same cold temperatures. (It’s a frigid -27 C, or...


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.
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook

Tip-Ups & Shanties: Ice Fishing on the St. Lawrence

After a slow start due to a warm early winter, ice fishing across the North Country is in full swing. Lakes and rivers across the region are dotted with ice shanties - some primitive shacks, others cozy dens. The sport is a great way for anglers and their friends to get outdoors during the frigid months. The last month of the season offers the additional challenge of thick ice and crafty fish. David Sommerstein hiked out to the windswept bays of the St. Lawrence River last year and sent back this audio postcard.

Ice fishing derbies are set for this weekend in Lake George and Lake Luzerne, and next weekend in Schroon Lake.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Earl Sprague and Ice Fishing

The village limits of Port Henry expand towards Vermont in the depths of winter to include scores of little fishing shelters that dot the thick ice surface of Bulwagga Bay. On weekends, local motels and restaurants are filled by winter fishermen. Sportsmen give a boost to the local economy, but 50 years ago, commercial fishing in the winter was common. Earl Sprague remembers when ice fishing provided pocket money for him, and a living for others. Varick Chittenden has this story.  Go to full article

The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race

Every year, engineering students throughout North America hold competitions to test their skills. They build robots and solar cars--combining technical prowess with creative design. In Canada, engineering students have devised their own contest. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, their contribution to the engineering world is a toboggan made of concrete.  Go to full article

Adirondack Paddler?s Map to be Unveiled

It's waterproof and tearproof. It comes in full color. And it details all the ways canoeists can navigate the Adirondack's lakes and rivers. After three years in the making,...  Go to full article

Big Tupper to Reopen with Ski Resort & Condos

A consortium of businessmen based in Philadelphia has bought the Big Tupper ski area. The group also bought more than 6,000 acres around the ski hill - and plans to build a...  Go to full article

NY Constitution Could Limit Snowmobile Route Width

State officials say New York's constitution could block development of some new snowmobile connector trails in the Adirondacks. The trails are part of a proposed new system,...  Go to full article

State To Poison Ponds, Restore Trout Fishery

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to poison two ponds in Franklin County. The project approved Friday by the Adirondack Park Agency is part of a plan to...  Go to full article

Sports Illustrated: The Adirondacks Issue

It's been a banner winter for the Adirondacks. First NASA named a lumpy bit of rock on Mars after our state park. Then, last week, the Lake Placid Olympics were celebrated...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Slam Snowmobile Plan

Conservation groups are condemning a new snowmobile plan proposed for the Adirondack Park. At a hearing last night in Albany, environmentalists argued that the proposed...  Go to full article
DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan

Colton: Snowmobilers Call for Wider, Longer Trails

New York's Conservation department was expected to begin a series of public hearings next week, on a controversial snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. But yesterday,...  Go to full article

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