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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.
The Shoebox, a classic Adirondack swimming hole
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 Mountains. Brian Mann joined the book's author for a trek along the Boquet River, in search of the perfect swimming hole.

Directions to "The Shoebox": Travel north on State Route 73 from the intersection with US 9 North. Go 1.4 miles to the bridge over the Boquet River. Park carefully on pull-out. Follow trail west along river. (Courtesy of Pancho Doll)  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

Loon Census This Saturday

David Sommerstein talks with Nina Schoch, program coordinator for the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program's 3rd annual loon census. You can participate by calling...  Go to full article
View of southern High Peaks from Mt. Adams

Southern High Peaks Conservation Deal Draws Local Concerns

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing a permit that will allow the preservation of more than nine thousand acres in the southern High Peaks. Recreation and pro-environment...  Go to full article
North Country Tourism In Need of Private Investment<br />Photo:  Courtesy of CAST

New Investment Fund Hopes To Promote Tourism Industry

A regional bank announced yesterday that it has formed a ten million dollar investment fund, designed to spur tourism development in the North Country. The new...  Go to full article

All Terrain Vehicles: More Popular and Problematic Than Ever

The popularity of 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicles is booming in New York state. A new study published this week by the Wildlife Conservation Society found that ATV...  Go to full article
Jumping far and looking good...

Hoof Dreams: Lake Placid Hosts Annual Horse Competition

For two weeks every summer, Lake Placid's top athletes run and jump on four legs. The I Love New York Horse Show wrapped up over the weekend. The annual competition offers...  Go to full article

Black Bear Woes in Blue Mountain Lake

At least one very aggressive black bear has been plaguing the residents of Blue Mountain Lake. The Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed reports that the...  Go to full article

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