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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.

Federal Money to Help Revive Black River

The Black River in Watertown is on a roll. After decades of neglect, a national freestyle kayaking competition was held there last month. And now the National Park Service has announced a $125,000 matching grant to improve parks along the waterway. Congressman John McHugh says the money will help revive the area.  Go to full article

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Inaugurated

Yesterday in Old Forge, volunteer groups and local officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the new Northern Forest Canoe trail. The trail begins at the town beach and follows a string of rivers and lakes all the way into Maine.  Go to full article

Adirondack Canoe Classic Underway from Old Forge to Saranac Lake

The Adirondack Canoe Classic got underway this morning. It's three-day, 90-mile marathon along a linkage of lakes, rivers and portages from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. It looks long and challenging on paper, which is where Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann saw it during his first weeks here at NCPR. He got a much closer look at the route that September. He entered. As a solo paddler.  Go to full article

Morale High at the Adk Canoe Classic Starting Line

Todd Moe talks with Celia Evans and Martha Pickard, two of the more than 200 paddlers taking part in the 2004 Adirondack Canoe Classic from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. ...  Go to full article
State land extends from water to house.

On Great Sacandaga Lake, State Land For Lease Cheap

Real estate prices in the Adirondacks have soared in recent years, thanks to a boom in vacation home sales. Small parcels on a scenic lake often sell for hundreds of...  Go to full article
Sean Brabant, Clayton, riding the wave

Watertown Debuts on Kayaking Circuit

You can find challenging whitewater rapids on rivers all over this country. But the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Association chose one wave on the Black River in Watertown to...  Go to full article

Kayakers Compete in Watertown After Delay

Long-awaited sun and high waters have greeted competitors in a national freestyle kayaking competition on the Black River in Watertown. As David Sommerstein reports, the...  Go to full article

Rainfalls Spike Throughout Summer, But Relief Is In Sight

Farmers aren't the only ones who've struggled with this year's wet, chilly summer. Tourist businesses across the north country are suffering through a tough season. So are...  Go to full article
Watson (second from right) and his team

Blind Outdoorsman Inspires Teamwork, Self-confidence

Despite losing his eyesight at age 12, Ross Watson has been an outdoor enthusiast most of his life. Watson has participated in the Para Olympics, and was the first blind...  Go to full article

A "Common Man's" Hiking Guide to the St. Lawrence Valley

If you go to the outdoor section of your local bookstore, you'll find dozens of guidebooks for the Adirondacks and several for the Lake Champlain area and the Tug Hill...  Go to full article

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