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 

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.

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

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 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


Whitewater Derby:

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 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 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,, 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 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

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 or 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
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.

Adirondack Ice Bowl.  Inlet.  Jan. 24 – 26.  Pond hockey, food, music.

Mike Norris Fishing Derby.  Raquette Lake.  Jan 25.

Brant Lake Ice Fishing Derby.  Jan. 25.  (518-494-3213)

Sacandaga Walleye Challenge.  Jan. 25.  Email

Great Sacandaga Fisheries Federation Tournament.  Jan. 25.

Zippy’s Crusade For Kids.  Inlet.  Jan 25.  Snowmobile ride & fundraiser.

New York Sportsmen’s Expo.  Jan. 24-26.  Syracuse – State Fairgrounds.  Outdoorsmen’s Show & seminars.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.  Saranac Lake.  Jan. 31 – Feb. 9.  Sports, dances, parades, fireworks.  (518-891-1990)

Lake George Winter Carnival.  Every weekend in Feb.

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.

Lake Brant Winter Carnival.  Feb. 8.  (518-494-3213)

Old Forge Winter Carnival.  Feb.14 – 16.  Ski races, family fun, fireworks.

SnoCade 2014.   Indian Lake.  Feb. 14 – 23.  Snowmobile events including radar speed time trials, hill climb, & poker run.  Family activities, fireworks.  for updates email

Adirondack Outdoorsman Show.  Johnstown.  Feb. 15 – 16.  Hunting, fishing, outdoors sports vendors & seminars.

Lake George Chinga Classic Ice Fishing Derby.    YMCA Camp Chingachgook.
Feb. 15 – 16.

Northern Lake George Ice Fishing Tournament.   Feb. 22 – 23.  Hague Fish & Game Club.

Frozen Fire & Lights.  Inlet.  Feb. 22.  Free ski & sledding, cardboard sled races, snowmobile, bonfire, fireworks.

Long Lake Ice Fishing Contest.   Mar. 1.

Snowfest.  Old Forge.  March 8 – 9.  Preview of 2015 snowmobiles & accessories.



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 – or Jennifer Blowers –


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  See details and illustration on the web site



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



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 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.



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


Saratoga Paddlefest
April 13-14, 2013.  Saratoga Springs. Test paddle, clinics, demonstrations, and more.
Adirondack Paddlefest
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.

Black Fly Challenge
June 8, 2013.  Adirondack Mountain Bike Race.  Forty miles from Indian Lake to Inlet.
For information visit

Hamilton County Birding Festival
June 7-9, 2013.  Promoting boreal species unique to Adirondacks.  Hiking, canoe trips, walks, outings, and seminars.  All free.  See 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



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