• Grass River

    Grass River

    On the blue Grass

    Canoeists delight in a trip on two branches of the Grass River By Phil Brown The Adirondacks is blessed with lovely waterfalls. A number of them can be found along the Grass River. And the best of those is Lampson Falls, which can be reached by a short walk or a longer paddle. On a […] ...
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  • Lower Bog River

    Lower Bog River

    Quiet times on the Bog

    Our editor and his daughter enjoy a placid paddle on an easily accessible yet overlooked stretch of river. By Phil Brown In the nineteenth century, the Bog River’s reputation for remoteness attracted numerous writers of the day, who invariably depicted the headwaters as dismal, lonely, and insect-infected. It also was rep ...
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  • Negro Brook

    Negro Brook

    Epic on a small stream

    Paddler discovers that Negro Brook is not the gentle meander it appears to be. By Phil Brown It seemed like a good idea. I like to canoe small streams. Negro Brook is a small stream. Ergo, I would like canoeing Negro Brook. Negro Brook (on the name, see sidebar) begins near Onchiota and meanders through […] ...
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  • Country line flow

    Country line flow

    A new place to paddle

    Though on private timberlands, County Line Flow and Fishing Brook are open to the public as a result of Nature Conservancy deal. By Phil Brown The Adirondack Park has its share of uninspired names for lakes and ponds. Think of all the Mud Ponds, Grass Ponds, Deer Ponds, and Moose Ponds scattered over our topo […] ...
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  • Boreas Ponds

    Boreas Ponds

    Journey to Boreas Ponds

    Our editor finds himself paddling alone on the crown jewel of the former Finch, Pruyn lands, surrounded by high mountains, many miles from the highway. By PHIL BROWN   In early June, I enjoyed one of my most memorable canoe trips in the Adirondacks: I spent the morning paddling around lovely Boreas Ponds, taking in [&h ...
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  • Fulton Chain

    Fulton Chain

    Busy days on Fulton Chain

    Paddlers make the best of a two-day trip on lakes overrun by motorboats and jet-skis. By Lisa Densmore Ballard In 1977, the rock singer Meat Loaf released a love song in which he crooned, “I want you. I need you, but there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you. So don’t be sad. ’Cause […] ...
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  • Opalescent River

    Opalescent River

    State purchase opens up rivers

    With the acquisition of the MacIntyre East tract near Tahawus, the public now owns 12 miles of shoreline along the upper Hudson and the Opalescent. By Phil Brown Brian Mann and I had been on the water for several hours when we came to a fallen tree stretched across the river. We pulled over to […] ...
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  • St. Regis Canoe Area

    St. Regis Canoe Area

    Four Ponds and a peak A family spends a delightful two days paddling and hiking in the St. Regis Canoe Area—and, best of all, there were no long carries. By Lisa Densmore Ballard SOMETIMES my choice of canoe-camping adventure in the Adirondack Park is based on the lowest chance of family mutiny. My husband Jack and our ...
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  • Hudson Gorge

    Hudson Gorge

    Gorge trip just ducky Paddlers in inflatable kayaks find thrills and spills in heavy whitewater on the Hudson River. By Phil Brown FROM TIME TO TIME I’ve played with the idea of putting together a list of quintessential Adirondack adventures. It would include, for example, climbing the Trap Dike on Mount Colden, skiing Mo ...
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  • Essex Chain Lakes

    Essex Chain Lakes

    The opening of the Essex Chain Lakes attracts a flock of paddlers on a colorful autumn day. By Phil Brown ...
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