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Every morning, Chris Barber slips on a pair of full-length rubber boots, grabs his plastic bucket, push broom, and pool net, and heads outside to clean the ten ponds at the Essex County Fish Hatchery. The ponds aren't ponds in the traditional sense. They're made from concrete, kind of squared shaped, and housed beneath black netting that keeps predators at bay. Chris starts his day by standing thigh deep in the frigid water, scrubbing...
Blog by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce The Ticonderoga area offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the past through our rich history and historic attractions, present through recreational activities and scenic beauty, and even the future at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour. Experience all of this and so much more during your visit to the Ticonderoga area. Fort Ticonderoga: Fort Ticonderoga, originally Fort...
Spring and summer paddling The winter sun is getting higher and higher in the sky, which means that the snow and ice which have held tightly to the Champlain Valley for the past few months will soon be loosening their grip. After all, spring may just be beginning, but it isn’t too early to think about our upcoming paddling season. And the Champlain Valley presents lots of locations for paddling — some of which are best covered with...
Attention boaters! We know you want to get your boat out on Lake Champlain, whether to try the fishing, cruise past fabulous scenery, or experience all aspects of water recreation on this 400+ square mile playground. The Lake Champlain Region offers some of the best access to get out on this extensive body of water. Here are a few of the lake’s most accessible launches, along with a few other tips for a truly enjoyable day. Ticonderoga...
Blog by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce While the temperatures are still cold in the Adirondacks, the smell of spring's arrival is in the air and plans for the year ahead are being finalized. With so much happening throughout the Ticonderoga area we encourage you to make your overnight reservations (rooms are filling fast) as soon as possible and experience all the area has to offer. As spring approaches, many of our attractions, museums...
Lake Champlain anglers already have spring fever to get out and try for some of the lake's top sporting fish; lake trout, salmon, and northern pike. Abruptly following ice out, generally by mid-April, you will find early season anglers trolling the waters near the Lake Champlain Bridge. Later in the season these fish will head north to deeper water and cooler temps, but early on there is some great laker, salmon and pike fishing to be...
A time of transition While winter currently still holds a tight grip on the landscape across the Champlain Valley, the longer days and the changing calendar are beginning to give us a glimpse that spring is coming. It begins with holes in the ice which has covered Lake Champlain for months. These are quickly filled by rafts of migrating waterfowl — particularly ducks — on their way north. The ducks are soon joined by other...
Of melting snow and frozen ice The first changes that come with spring are always exciting. I had to meet someone in Plattsburgh this week and I took advantage of the trip and the beautiful spring weather to look for birds along the Adirondack Coast. The valley will soon be devoid of snow as the warmer temps melt most of what was on the ground, but Lake Champlain will remain cold and locked for some time, as it did for much of...
Spring is fast approaching on the Adirondack Coast, and that means it’s time to hike. It also means the trails are likely to still be covered in snow, so if you’re coming from someplace warm don’t forget to pack those snowshoes. In the Lake Champlain Region, many of the hikes are low elevation so they don’t require a full day to finish. One of the best places to start is the Champlain Area Trails, an ever-expanding collection of trails...
If you're in the Adirondacks and you start to ask around about ice climbing, you're likely to hear the same thing: Talk to Matt Horner, a climbing guide with the Mountaineer in Keene Valley. Matt's social media channels make it pretty clear why. They're loaded with stunning photos of people wielding ice axes as they ascend impossibly steep, otherworldy-white-and-blue curtains of shimmering ice. It's inspiring, beautiful, and a little...
Submitted by guest blogger Lily Katherine Rasmus, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Here we are frozen in February, and since the groundhog didn't see his shadow we're in for an early spring. If you are planning a visit to the Lake Champlain Region this winter, don’t think you have to be cold while you're here. We have multitiple ways to stay warm after enjoying some winter fun! One of the draws to the area is of...
A great time of year With winter in full swing across the North Country, it is not only time to step into skis and to strap on snowshoes, it is also time to head to the Champlain Valley in search of birds. While the valley offers good birding all year round, winter can be excellent for a number of sought-after species, making winter trips a must. And so we birders head out questing for raptors like Rough-legged Hawks, waterfowl like Tufted...
If you have visited a mountain town in the last few years, you may have noticed that fat bikes are steadily growing in popularity. More than ever, riders are taking to the snowy roads and trails, adding another outdoor hobby to their list. I have picked up mountain biking over the past few summers, and love that fat biking allows for year-round riding and an additional winter activity when the skiing is subpar. Some riders are even...
Submitted by guest blogger Troy Thomas Champlain Area Trails, or CATS, clearly states their mission on the website, which is simple and beautiful — saving land, making trails. Here, in Elizabethtown, a scenic, 30-minute drive from the Lake Champlain to the east or Lake Placid to the north, you'll find the the Blueberry Hill Trail system. This is a lovely wooded network of interconnected trails, for every...
Guest blog by Lily Katherine Rasmus Snowmobiling season is an activity that both visitors and locals patiently wait to arrive. Thanks to the hard work of local clubs including the Adirondack Trail Riders and the NYS Snowmobile Association, visitors have access to more than 20 miles of interconnected trails. The Trail Riders are a not-for-profit club and their trail system spans Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah, and Schroon...