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

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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.

Have Paddle, Will Volunteer

Community Service

Paddle Chair Russ Faller leads our creek cleanups.

Mark Your Calendar and Join ADK for Riverkeeper’s 5th Annual Hudson River Sweep, Sat., May 7, 2016
 If you have a boat of any kind, please come out and join Mid-Hudson Chapter (Adirondack Mtn. Club) members clean-up the lower Wappinger Creek.  Spend as much time as you are able.  We’ll pick up litter from the falls to the Hudson.  If you boat on the lower Wappinger Creek, it’s your creek.  Who else will keep it clean if you do not?  
The annual River Sweep does much more than remove trash from the waterways that give us so much pleasure and recreation – it connects people to the river and its tributaries that we love.  Bring boat and gear.  Wear shoes that can get wet and clothing that can get wet and dirty.  Don’t forget the sunscreen and hat.  Trash bags provided.  
Meet at 8 AM at the boat launch at 117 Market St. in the Village of Wappingers Falls. Please contact the leader if you’re coming.  Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com.