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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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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.
Allens Falls. Tim Bouchard Photo
Allens Falls. Tim Bouchard Photo

St. Lawrence County Waterfalls Guide

A 2002 guide to waterfalls in St. Lawrence County showcases some of the area's natural beauty. The 16-page, color brochure was produced for the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce as a way to boost tourism. It features eight waterfalls, each with a bit of history and directions to the sites. The guide was written and photographed by St. Lawrence University student Tim Bouchard. Jody Tosti met up with him for a tour of Allen Falls in Potsdam and has this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Triathlete Sandy Izzo<br />photos by Nancie Battaglia

Focus On Outdoor Recreation: The Drama and the Perils of the Lake Placid Ironman

This week, North Country Public Radio is exploring outdoor recreation. It's a passion for many in the region, but also a major business - a cornerstone of the tourism economy from the Adirondacks to the Thousand Islands.
Many of the sports that are marketed to families and amateurs can be risky. This weekend, thousands of spectators will crowd Lake Placid for the fifth annual Ironman. The 140-mile race is a thrilling challenge, but often a third of those who compete need medical attention. Many wind up seriously ill or in the hospital.

Brian Mann's report on the Ironman first aired last fall. It has been updated for this week's broadcast.  Go to full article
John McCullough at his dock in the American Narrows.

Speed & Noise in the American Narrows

The waters, mountains, and forests of the North Country are where people go to relax and take in nature. They're also venues for occasional conflict. Snowmobiles and ATVs compete with skiers and hikers for trails and access in the Adirondacks. On the St. Lawrence River, boats cause the controversy - the faster and the louder they are, the more they draw criticism. A new generation of high-performance power boats are becoming increasingly popular. And for some, they've become a symbol of recklessness and noise in an area that makes placid waters big business. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
A rookie on the Salmon.

Trout Rising: An Afternoon on the Salmon River

Flyfishing is one of those pastimes that outsiders view with a kind of awe--art, dance and science combine to lay a line and a tiny twist of feathers and hair along the water...  Go to full article

Focus On Outdoor Recreation: Mountain Biking

The Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative holds its summer meeting this Thursday in Newcomb. The group - headed by Lee and Judi Borland of Lake Placid - is working to...  Go to full article

Hurricane Crag: Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks, part 1

Rock climbing in the Adirondacks--these days it's more sophisticated and much safer. But the reasons people climb are much the same. They go looking for adventure and amazing...  Go to full article
The Shoebox, a classic Adirondack swimming hole

A Swimming Hole Connoisseur Explores The Adirondacks

The North Country is famous for its pristine lakes and stunning rivers. A new guidebook is showcasing some of the best places to swim--from the Adirondacks to the Green...  Go to full article

Nature Walks: What to Look for on the Hiking Trail

Horticulturist Amy Ivy tells us what she looks for during hikes through the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Five Days of Outdoor Recreation Stories

David Sommerstein talks with Brian Mann about this week's special series on outdoor recreation.  Go to full article

Starting Monday: Outdoor Recreation Series

All next week, NCPR News will focus on outdoor recreation--the opportunities and the issues. July 21-25, only on North Country Public Radio.  Go to full article

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