Exploring the Essex Chain Lakes

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Photo of loon by Rick Cronk. Other photos by Jean-Claude Fouere.

Jean-Claude Fouere organized a 4-day late-July exploration of the Essex Chain Lakes, south of Newcomb in the Adirondack’s Essex County (http://www.esf.edu/aic/images/Camping%20Map-1.pdf). This special area was acquired by New York State and opened for outdoor recreation in the summer of 2014.

Our Mid-Hudson party of three started with a short carry to Deer Pond, a second longer carry upon crossing Deer Pond (alternatively one can carry around Deer Pond) to launch on Third Lake, paddle to Second Lake and then carry to First Lake. (One could also paddle to Forth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh lakes.)

Several primitive campsites are available along the shore of the lakes, making for a very enjoyable wilderness experience.

Coming June 11: 2016 Kingston Kayak Fest


Sat., June 11, 2016 – Kingston Kayak Festival, Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Ave., Kingston, NY; 10 am – 4 pm
Contact: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com

A fun-filled day for the whole family. Bring the kids and grandchildren. The Kingston Kayak Festival is not just kayaks. There’ll also be canoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs). The emphasis is on education, demonstrations, lessons and tours for beginner paddlers and people who have not paddled before. There will, however, also be some activities for experienced paddlers who bring their own boats and gear.

Click here for detailed schedule of the day’s planned activities.

Paddlers Collect River Trash

May 7, 2016: Wappinger Creek Estuary Clean-up with Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Sweep
Leader: Russ Faller Co-Leader: Wilfredo Chaluisant

Each year our Mid Hudson Chapter of ADK participates in Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Sweep with a clean-up outing on the Wappingers Creek.

This year, 17 wonderful volunteers joined our effort and pulled out about 780 pounds of trash that less responsible people threw into the creek! This included 18 bags of trash, 9 bags of recyclables, 5 tires, well over 100 pounds of metal and other odds and ends, including a ceramic toilet bowl, golf club, 3 soccer balls, plastic roofing, part of a wooden chair, a lawn mower wheel, a can of paint, a very large tarp, hose, a trash can lid and 2 buckets.

Hannaford and Shop Rite were generous in donating a lot of snack foods, all-juice drinks, apples, etc. so we didn’t have to bring our own lunches. Afterwards, we headed to the North River Brewery in the Village of Wappingers Falls, for free beers donated by the brewery. We spent a couple of hours there mellowing and socializing.

All in all, it was a great day. Wonderful volunteers were: Stan Augie, Jeff Kaplan, Dave Kaplan, Jean-Claude Fouere, Mike Pettigrew, Bob Clark, Gino Platania (all members), Marilyn Carkner, Lindsey Fazzinga, Jesse Inoncillo, Jim Doherty, Bryan Girton, Kristen Planck-Kuney, Patrick Oehler, Naina Maloni (all non-members), the leader and co-leader. Non-members were given a 3-month complimentary subscription to our outings schedule and encouraged to come out with us just for fun.