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Search continues for missing Black River canoeist

The search continues for a man who went missing in the Black River near Watertown when his canoe capsized 11 days ago.

The Watertown Daily Times has identified the man as John Villafranco, a 24-year-old fishing guide originally from Texas. The paper reports that Villafranco and his wife, Lydia, were canoeing together when the boat capsized. She was pulled ashore by Fort Drum soldiers and he was swept away.

The Jefferson County Sherriff's Department would not confirm the man's name. They said they have been in constant communication with the man's family, and plan to release his name once the investigation is over and his body is found.

The department says it has searched with divers, helicopters and on foot. It encourages the public to call the police if they see anything suspicious in the river, and encourages everyone to exercise caution near waterways.  Go to full article
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.

Kayaking champion helps design whitewater parks in Canton, Potsdam

The country's best known whitewater kayaking champion is helping design whitewater courses in Canton and Potsdam. Three time World Cup winner and three time Olympian Scott Shipley met with community members Monday night.  Go to full article
Cover detail: <i>An Adirondack Passage, the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp</i>
Cover detail: An Adirondack Passage, the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp

How a canoe sparked a trek and a book

Almost twenty years ago, Christine Jerome and her husband paddled a weeks-long canoe route through the Adirondacks. They followed the path of a nineteenth-century writer and outdoorsman, George Washington Sears, known as Nessmuk to his readers. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, spoke to Chris about the new edition of her book An Adirondack Passage, the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp.  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: burl wood belt cup

In the old days, when it was still safe to drink from rivers and lakes, travelers used burl wood belt or canoe cups. Most were exquisitely hand-carved wooden "travel" cups. For today's "Adirondack Attic", Andy Flynn tells us about one such canoe cup in the collection at the Adirondack Museum.  Go to full article
Marion River Carry has been a crossroads in the Central Adirondacks for more than a century
Marion River Carry has been a crossroads in the Central Adirondacks for more than a century

New development in Adirondacks sparks fears about popular canoe route

This morning the Adirondack Park Agency will vote on a developer's plan to build four new homes along the shore of Utowana Lake in Hamilton County.

The project has drawn fierce opposition because the land in question involves a traditional portage trail known as the Marion River Carry.

The trail over private land has been used by paddlers and other travelers for more than a century.

As Brian Mann reports, critics say that traditional route could be threatened.  Go to full article
Setting off in the morning (Photos:  Allen Mann
Setting off in the morning (Photos: Allen Mann

The Journey to Lake Lila

Over the last decade, a series of land deals in the Adirondacks has re-opened traditional back country canoe routes that had been closed for generations.

Paddlers are free to explore wild territory long posted off-limits by landowners.

Brian Mann made the trip from Little Tupper Lake to Lake Lila and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Celebrating a new season of paddling

Thousands of paddlers are gathering in Old Forge for Adirondack Paddlefest 2010 this weekend. Its biggest draw is an opportunity to test paddle hundreds of different canoes and kayaks. Manufacturers use the weekend to unveil some of the latest designs and materials. Todd Moe talks with John Nemjo, owner of Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company. He's the organizer of the annual event that draws outdoors enthusiasts from around the country.  Go to full article

A new guide to paddling heaven

Just in time for the paddling season, there's a new book that features and celebrates the Northern Forest Canoe Trail -- a 740-mile water trail that stretches from the Adirondacks into northern Maine. Todd Moe talks with Kate Williams, Executive Director of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc about the new guidebook. It includes maps, photos and narratives, and is designed for casual and serious paddlers wanting to explore the region.  Go to full article

DEC pushes floatplane use on Lowes Lake

State officials have reopened the debate over the future of Lowes Lake in the central Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation says float planes should be allowed to use the lake for another four years. Some green groups say that would violate state law, which calls for Lowes Lake to be managed as a wilderness area. Brian Mann has this update.  Go to full article
Controversial Quiet Waters campaign gains traction
Controversial Quiet Waters campaign gains traction

Adirondack environmental activist gains traction with "Quiet Waters" campaign

For years, environmentalists, along with some canoers and kayakers, have urged state officials to limit motorboats in the Adirondacks. The so-called "Quiet Waters" campaign would affect a dozen lakes and rivers from Weller Pond near Saranac Lake, to Eighth Lake near Old Forge. This summer, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it would create an inter-agency task force to review the proposal. In a statement, DEC commissioner Peter Grannis said there are "too few places in the Adirondacks where paddlers can experience the tranquility of a motorless water body." Local leaders and NYS Senator Betty Little quickly condemned the plan, arguing that paddlers already enjoy plenty of options. Brian Mann sat down this week to talk in-depth with Dick Beamish, the man who launched the Quiet Waters campaign eight years ago. Beamish, who lives in Saranac Lake, is the founder of the Adirondack Explorer magazine and a long-time environmentalist.  Go to full article

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