There are lots of Winter Carnivals to help warm the body and spirit this winter in the Central Adirondacks. These usually involve parades, bonfires, spectacular fireworks, snowshoe and ski challenges, cardboard sled races and much more. They have fun-filled family activities too numerous to mention. Check the websites listed below for more information:
Dates of winter carnivals are as follows:
Long Lake – Moonlighters Winter Carnival January 18
Old Forge – Winter Carnival at McCauley Mountain February 14 - 16
Indian Lake – Winterfest February 14 – 16; Snocade Feb 14 – 23.
Raquette Lake – Winter Carnival February 15 – 16
Inlet – Fire & Ice February 22. (call 315-357-5501)
Inlet – Vintage Snowmobile Races March 8
Inlet – Adirondack Ice Bowl (pond hockey tournament) – January 23 – 25 www.adirondackicebowl.com
The Central Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit will have four races and one winner. Complete the circuit by entering your sled in all four towns. Details are found at each events website.
Great Sacandaga Lake Walleye Ice Fishing Derby
and Walleye Challenge
The Seventh Annual Walleye Ice Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 7 am until 3 pm on Great Sacandaga Lake. It is presented by the Fulton County Tourism Department and Fuel-N-Food, Inc. and sponsored by Frank’s Gun & Tackle Shop, Inc. and Saratoga Eagle.
Again this year, 1750 entrants will be allowed in the contest on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry fee is $40 and registration forms will be mailed to a database of over 3700 participants. All entries must be received no later than December 31, 2014.
At the contest, there will be $1649 in prizes awarded per hour based on weight of fish entry: $599 1st prize; $400 2nd prize; $300 3rd prize; $200 4th prize; $100 5th prize; $50 6th prize. It is a catch-and-release tournament. All paid and registered entrants also will be entered into a drawing for three recreational vehicles (side-by-side, 4-wheeler, and snowmobile), with all prize winners drawn or awarded at the conclusion of the event at 4:00PM at Lanzi’s on the Lake. There also will be “door prizes” awarded throughout the day. Partial proceeds are donated to the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation for stocking the fish.
Again this year, the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation is holding their ice fishing contest the same day. Entry forms for this tournament are included in the Walleye Challenge mailing. In this tournament, you can win prizes for pike, perch, and trout. For more information or to register, please visit their website at www.gslff.com.
Past participants have been from 12 states with the New York “contingent” representing at least 38 out of the 62 counties of NYS. Slightly over half of participants are from outside of Fulton County
The Walleye Challenge is able to “give back” to the Great Sacandaga Lake with a $2000 donation to the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation for fish stocking Photos from past events can be seen on the Visit Fulton County, NY Facebook page.
Cock-a-doodle Shoe Snowshoe Race
On January 17, 2015 one of the northeast’s regional qualifiers for the USSSA National Snowshoe Championship will take place in Saranac, NY. It will offer 5K and 10K races on the rolling hills in the New Land Trust’s scenic property. Participation is open to all levels with a cash prize. Proceeds benefit the New Land Trust. www.cockadoodlesnowshoe.com.
Inlet: The Little Community That Could!
Most groups only hope to get into the Guinness Book of World Records once. The Town of Inlet and the One Square Mile of Hope Committee have done it three times! Nearly 4,000 people gathered in the little town of Inlet, NY on Saturday, September 13, 2014 to reclaim the world record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks.
Twice before they had set records which were also fund-raisers for the fight against breast cancer. Both times the records were surpassed slightly with the town of Suttons Bay, MI breaking the record in 2013. The One Square Mile of Hope committee formed a partnership with the Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks and set about to organize and publicize the attempt to break the record of approximately 2,100 in 2014.
The group worked hard on sponsorship, organization, logistics, and other fund-raising for this worthy cause of raising money for breast cancer. Over 3,500 boats were initially registered, many with several occupants. The day of September 13 was cold, wet, and windy but the dedication of the participants and the hard work of the organizers paid off.
Although some people backed out because of the nasty weather, most boats shoved off and formed a raft between the areas on Fourth Lake marked by pontoon boats. Planes flew overhead to record the event. When the final count was verified a total of 3,150 boats were part of the record! Most importantly, over $100,000 was raised to help in breast cancer research and care. Congratulations to all involved!
Sherrill Woman Joins OSM Record on 93rd Birthday
Margaret Rosbrook of Sherrill, NY is no stranger to unique adventures, including being one of the first women to serve in the Women’s Army Air Corps in WW II. But on her 93rd birthday she gathered with her family to all participate in the One Square Mile of Hope effort to set a Guiness World Record.
Despite the rough water, cold wind and driving rain, Margaret Rosbrook was dressed in lots of warm clothing and raingear to be part of the effort. Some had reservations but Margaret Rosbrook lived up to the motto of the event which was “Count Me In.” She got in the canoe which was paddled by two members of the family. Following the record setting event, the family celebrated her birthday and setting the record at the two cottages they had rented for the weekend.
FISHING UNIVERSITY FILMS IN FULTON COUNTY
Fishing pros and legends, Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier, were in Fulton County with their TV show, Fishing University, to film two episodes. This Outdoor Channel show is in its 28th year making it the second longest running outdoor show of any type anywhere. The stars and crew filmed one episode on the Great Sacandaga Lake and the other on Canada Lake. While in Fulton County, Ingram and Brazier were available for autographs and pictures at a “Meet & Greet” event held at Lanzi’s on the Lake.
The show will highlight the positive aspects of Fulton County and help draw visitors to our area in the future. The episodes will air early in 2015 just in time for people to plan their summer vacations
A heart felt “Thank you” to all of the sponsors, guides, businesses, and community members that helped make this happen Thank you to John Havlick and Frank’s Gun & Tackle Shop for helping sponsor the filming and the meet & greet, and coordinating the week’s events. Thank you to David Karpinski and Taylor Made Products for helping sponsor the filming and the factory tour as well as to Stephen George of Allwater Guide Service and Rob Javarone for guide services and fishing coordination.
As one of the oldest Outdoor TV shows, Fishing University is celebrating 27 years of bringing quality fishing programming to avid viewers. Fishing University can be seen on the Outdoor Channel three times a week. To see the entire schedule go to www.fishingu.com and be sure to visit Fishing University on Facebook.
Tug Hill Land Trust
Just to the west of the Adirondack Park, across the Black River Valley, lies the Tug Hill Plateau. It is a mixture of family farms, small towns, and woods and waters much like the Adirondacks, but without the mountains.
Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust is a group working to protect its working farm and forest lands, wetlands, and wildlife for future generations. They have many excellent programs including outings to introduce youngsters to outdoor activities. Other priorities involve efforts to conserve working farms and other conservation programs. Find out more about this worthwhile group and how you can help by checking their website www.TugHillTomorrowLandTrust.org or calling (315) 779-8240.
Throughout the Adirondacks there are many local events to enjoy during the summer. Check the local Chambers of Commerce or visitors bureaus for dates and details.
Lake Champlain – Plattsburgh Bass Tournaments. June 14 – August 18, 2014
The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and the City of Plattsburgh will host six pro bass fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain, recently named one of the top 100 best bass fishing lakes in the U.S. by Bassmaster magazine.
June 14 Bassmaster Weekend Series
June 22 NYS Bass Federation
July 17 – 19 FLW Everhart Series
July 31 – August 2 Bassmaster Open Tournament
August 9 BFL Tournament
August 18 Northern Bass Tournament
*full details can be found at www.goadirondacks.com.
Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days. July 12 - 13
Tupper Lake MunicipalPark will host parades, logging demonstrations, competitions, and fun, including the DLW Timberworks Lumberjack Show. www.woodsmendays.com
Kayak Poker Run – Mayfield, Great Sacandaga Lake. July 26, 2014
A leisurely run for all abilities of paddlers with a chance to win a kayak. Money raised goes to support Mt. Valley Hospice. Contact (518) 613-4366 or www.mvhcares.org.
Adirondack Canoe Classic. Sept. 5 – 7, 2014.
The 3 day, 90 mile race follows the traditional water route through the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. The flatwater course offers a mix of lakes, streams, and carries. Participants receive T-shirt, mileage pins, awards, camping, snacks, boat shuttles, and post race meal. Deadline for entry is July 25, 2014. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 891-2744.
One Square Mile of Hope. September 13, 2014.
Help Inlet, NY set a new world record, have a good time, and help a great cause (breast cancer research). See the ad and article elsewhere in this issue.
1st Annual Adirondack Paddlefest Fishing Contest:
Mar 24, 2014 - When: Saturday May 17 @ Adirondack Paddlefest 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1st: Wilderness Systems Ride 115X Kayak
2nd: AT Fishstix Carbon Kayak Paddle
3rd: $100 MM Gift Card
The communities of North River, North Creek, and Riparius will again host the 58th Annual Whitewater Derby on May 3 and 4, 2014. Fun will start with music and parties on Friday evening. Races will include slalom and downriver events. New last year was the “Not So Whitewater River Race” of two and a half miles for those intermediate level paddlers. See www.whitewaterderby.com for details.
4-H Shooting Sports Banquet:
The 15th Annual NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet and Auction will be held on April 26, 2014 at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center. It is the largest and main fundraiser that supports the largest statewide, multi-disciplinary youth shooting program in NYS;
Invitations and announcements will be sent and placed on the website www.NYS4HShootingSports.org. in February. The event is usually attended by industry leaders as their schedule permits. The event includes games, donations, a Live and Silent Auction, plus the largest and most exciting ticket drop opportunity you will ever see.
Visit the website to keep posted on a sample items that will be included. See some of the photos from our archives.
Adirondack Paddlefest 2014:
Adirondack Paddlefest, the largest on-water paddling expo in the northeast, returns to Old Forge May 16-18. From Friday through Sunday there will be test paddling of canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. You will also be able to test other gear such as paddles, etc. There will be on-water classes, free demonstrations and seminars, music, dozens of exhibitors including vendors and organizations, and sales.
For details check the website www.AdirondackPaddlefest.com, ww.Mountainmanoutdoors.com, or call (315) 369-6672.
Great Adirondack Birding Celebration – Paul Smiths:
Paul Smiths College Visitors Interpretive Center will host the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration June 6 – 8, 2014. There will be trips to boreal birding hot spots, lectures, workshops, raffles, social events, and more. See www.adirondackvic.org for details.
Black Fly Challenge:
The Annual Black Fly Challenge will be held on June 14, 2014. This is a 40 mile destination bicycle race that attracts both serious and recreational riders. The race starts this year in Inlet and ends in Indian Lake. Over half of the course includes the gravel roads through the scenic and wild Moose River Plains Recreation Area. Even though there are several water stations, it is a long race with plenty of uphills. Serious racers finish the course in two hours but others take about four hours. Registration and details are available at www.blackflychallenge.com.
Hamilton County 2014 Birding Festival:
Hamilton County’s Adirondack Wild 2014 Birding Festival will be held June 13 – 15. There will be three days of events covering the entire county. All are free but you must register for each day’s event. Typically there are over two dozen events including walks, safaris, outings, and seminars. See www.adirondackbirds.com or www.adirondackexperience.com for details.
One Square Mile of Hope:
The Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks and the One Square Mile of Hope have partnered up to try for the Guinness World Record event scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014.
Last year Sutton Bay, Michigan set a record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks with 2099, breaking the record set in Inlet (1902) in 2011. This year it is hoped that Inlet will regain the world record, and in the process raise much needed funds for breast cancer research.
All funds raised during this event will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to achieve prevention and cure of breast cancer. All day long there will be exhibits, music, demonstrations, music, art, auctions, and lots more fun. To become a sponsor or register to participate go to the website www.onesquaremileofhope.org.
Registration will be from 7 – 10:30 am. Boats will launch at 11 and the countdown to the record will be at 11:45.
Long Lake Winter Carnival. Long Lake. Jan. 18. mylonglake.com
Adirondack Ice Bowl. Inlet. Jan. 24 – 26. Pond hockey, food, music. adirondackicebowl.com
Mike Norris Fishing Derby. Raquette Lake. Jan 25. mylonglake.com
Brant Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Jan. 25. visitlakegeorge.com. (518-494-3213)
Sacandaga Walleye Challenge. Jan. 25. Email email@example.com
Great Sacandaga Fisheries Federation Tournament. Jan. 25. www.gslff.com
Zippy’s Crusade For Kids. Inlet. Jan 25. Snowmobile ride & fundraiser. Crusadeforkids.com.
New York Sportsmen’s Expo. Jan. 24-26. Syracuse – State Fairgrounds. Outdoorsmen’s Show & seminars. Newyorksportsmansexpo.com
Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Saranac Lake. Jan. 31 – Feb. 9. Sports, dances, parades, fireworks. www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. (518-891-1990)
Lake George Winter Carnival. Every weekend in Feb. visitmylakegeorge.com
CNY Sportsman’s Show. Oneida. Feb. 8. Outdoor gear, hunting & fishing vendors and seminars. (315-363-1669)
Lake Eaton Fishing Derby. Long Lake. Feb. 8. mylonglake.com.
Lake Brant Winter Carnival. Feb. 8. (518-494-3213)
Old Forge Winter Carnival. Feb.14 – 16. Ski races, family fun, fireworks. oldforgeny.com
SnoCade 2014. Indian Lake. Feb. 14 – 23. Snowmobile events including radar speed time trials, hill climb, & poker run. Family activities, fireworks. for updates email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adirondack Outdoorsman Show. Johnstown. Feb. 15 – 16. Hunting, fishing, outdoors sports vendors & seminars. Adkshow.com.
Lake George Chinga Classic Ice Fishing Derby. YMCA Camp Chingachgook.
Feb. 15 – 16. lakegeorgecamp.com.
Northern Lake George Ice Fishing Tournament. Feb. 22 – 23. Hague Fish & Game Club. haguefishandgame.com.
Frozen Fire & Lights. Inlet. Feb. 22. Free ski & sledding, cardboard sled races, snowmobile, bonfire, fireworks. inletny.com. frozenfireandlights.com.
Long Lake Ice Fishing Contest. Mar. 1. mylonglake.com
Snowfest. Old Forge. March 8 – 9. Preview of 2015 snowmobiles & accessories. oldforgeny.com
Town of Caroga Outdoor Expo
The Town of Caroga will host a Four Season Outdoor Expo on Saturday, August 10, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be vendors, demonstrations, raffles, food, and other features to make this a family event.
Caroga is located at the southern part of the Adirondack Park. In addition to being the “southern gateway to the Adirondacks” it also boasts of many outdoor sporting opportunities including boating, camping, canoeing, kayaking, , fishing, hunting, biking, cross country skiing, hiking, ice fishing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and much more.
Learn about all the opportunities in this area and the southern Adirondacks by attending. For more information contact: Greta Frasier – email@example.com or Jennifer Blowers – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Win a Queen Sized Loon Quilt
You have a chance to win a fabulous Queen sized loon quilt and support Adirondack loon research and protection at the same time. Help support the BRIs Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation by participating in the summer raffle for a quilt featuring a loon and chick. Donations are $5 each or 6 for $25.
Contact the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, PO Box 195, Ray Brook, NY 12977, or call 1-888-749-5666, extension 145. E-mail email@example.com. See details and illustration on the web site www.briloon.org/adkloon.
Stop Invasive Species
Hilary Smith, Director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, wants to remind sportsmen and everyone that they can play an important role in preventing the spread of invasive species. Whether it is plants, fish, insects, etc. a few simple steps to keep in mind will help prevent the spread of invasives and keep the Adirondacks the way we want it to be:
Clean. Drain. Dry. Don’t Move Firewood. Don’t Dump Your Bait. Be Plantwise.
For more information contact 518-576-2082 or www.adkinvasives.com.
90 Mile Canoe Classic
The famous 90 Mile Canoe Classic will hold its 31st annual race the weekend after Labor Day, September 6 – 8, 2013. Contestants will start from Old Forge on Friday morning and finish in Saranac Lake on Sunday afternoon. This popular race is limited to 250 boats and entries always fill up early. Deadline is July 25. Call (518) 891-2744 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information. It is also a great event for spectators at vantage points along the race as they watch in amazement and cheer on friends and family.
SECOND PHASE OF FORMER FINCH LAND ACQUISITION IN THE ADIRONDACKS
New York State closed on 9,300 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands in the Adirondacks..The land parcels purchased from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) include: the OK Slip Falls tract in Hamilton County; the Casey Brook tract in Essex County; the Spruce Point tract in Washington County; the Saddles tract in Washington County; the Hudson Riverside/Ice Meadow Tract in Warren County; and the Indian River tract in Essex and Hamilton counties. Adding these former Finch lands to the Forest Preserve will open a magnificent stretch of the Upper Hudson to the public. As part of this historic conservation effort, TNC also granted $500,000 to the State to support community connections and economic development linked to the former Finch lands in Newcomb, Minerva, North Hudson, Indian Lake, Long Lake and other towns.
The APA will release a draft land classification plan for the parcel later this year. A public comment period will begin once the draft plan is released and public hearings will be held before the final recommendations are sent to the Governor for approval. Once land classifications are approved, DEC will develop Unit Management Plans that will guide long-term public and administrative use of the properties. A public comment period will be held for each Unit Management Plan
April 13-14, 2013. Saratoga Springs. Test paddle, clinics, demonstrations, and more.
May 17 – 19, 2013. Old Forge. Largest on water canoe and kayak sale and event in the country. Clinics, test paddle, demonstrations, seminars, music, photo contest. www.AdirondackPaddlefest.com
Black Fly Challenge
June 8, 2013. Adirondack Mountain Bike Race. Forty miles from Indian Lake to Inlet.
For information visit www.inletny.com
Hamilton County Birding Festival
June 7-9, 2013. Promoting boreal species unique to Adirondacks. Hiking, canoe trips, walks, outings, and seminars. All free. See www.AdirondackBirding.com for schedule.
Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series.
June 15, 2013 Northeast Division on Lake Champlain. The Naked Turtle in Plattsburgh will host on-site registration on June 14. Anglers launch from Dock St. Landing. Event is free and public is invited.
31st Annual Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon
July 29 at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park. Swim, bike, run in three event classes. For information visit www.tupperlaketinman.com
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