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byJAMIE MUNKS, poststar.com, link to original post

A group of municipalities and organizations have a plan to connect a series of trails on the west side of Lake George, aiming to make the region a world-class hiking and biking destination.

Biking Lake George

Biking Lake George

There are opportunities for hiking and biking in the area, but if implemented, the trail connection plan could entice people to visit the area specifically for those activities, said Tracey Clothier, a senior planner with the Saratoga Springs-based LA Group.“Hikers and bikers spend money,” Clothier said. “That’s why we support this kind of economic development initiative.”

The towns of Bolton, Hague, Lake George and Ticonderoga and the village of Lake George have partnered with organizations such as the Adirondack-Glens Falls Transportation Council and the Warren County Safe and Quality Bicycling Organization, to put together a pitch for a continuous trail system on the west side of the lake that cites economic, health, environmental and community identity benefits.

Cross-country Ski Lake George Area

Cross-country Ski Lake George Area

The three towns and the village received a $69,000 state grant last year, through the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Smart Growth program, to fund the study.

The plan calls for connecting existing hiking and biking trails on the west side of the lake, creating pedestrian connections on roads and bike racks. “It’s amazing how few resources are integrated into the landscape,” Clothier said.

Clothier attended meetings for each of the municipalities in the fall to solicit public input on the plan.

The resources that are available include 18 major trail hubs from Lake George to Ticonderoga, four nature reserves, a network of snowmobile trails and about two dozen parks.

Paddle Lake George NY

Paddle Lake George NY

During an end-to-end trip on the Erie Canalway Trail, cyclists can spend up to $1,500 each, while multi-use trails and cycling projects generally create between nine and 12 jobs, Clothier said.

Some of the existing trails that would become part of the network have capacity issues, including those on Cat and Thomas mountains in Bolton and Prospect Mountain in Lake George, Clothier said.

There’s also not a strong relationship between trail use and area businesses, and there aren’t many trails that cater to seniors, young children and physically challenged people, Clothier said.

There are a lot of cyclists who are being introduced to the area, said Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover, noting the Centurion Cycling event that was held in Lake George last summer. “One of the major questions we get at the visitor’s center is ‘where do we go to hike and bike?’” Conover said.

The state last month purchased Cat and Thomas mountains in Bolton from the Lake George Land Conservancy, which already includes an extensive trail system, which was an important part in the plan to implement the trail connections.

Clothier’s presentation included “story boards” for each of the municipalities, highlighting the different resources and whether the trail system there has cell service and if dogs are allowed.

In order to make the plan a reality, Clothier suggested the creation of a Lake George Area Trails Partnership, which would be in charge of implementing the plan’s connected trail system, hiring a trail coordinator and promoting the system to bike tours and other tourists. The new network could then ultimately be connected with other trail systems in the region. “It’s a good foundation,” Queensbury Third Ward Councilman John Strough said. “We don’t want this sitting on the shelf collecting dust.”

Guidebooks for enjoying the trails and waterways of the Lake George area can be found at www.footprintpress.com.

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The New York State Underwater Blueway Trail Project is searching for potential dive partners to participate in the project. The UBT will include the Village of Lake George (Lake George), Villages of Freeport (Atlantic Ocean), the cities of Dunkirk (Lake Erie), Geneva (Seneca Lake), Oswego (Ontario Lake) and Plattsburgh (Lake Chaplain). Initially, they will be starting with Geneva and Oswego. This project is to document, promote and preserve shipwrecks and other underwater cultural resources in New York waters and establish underwater scuba trails through dive sites. For more info contact rparker@stny.rr.com.

source: Dive News Network

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Here’s a report by Adirondack Explorer editor Phil Brown on his recent trip into a Hague mine (near Lake George) that used to house the largest population of bats in New York State.

Adirondack Almanack has covered the decline of the state’s bats since 2006 thoroughly. Click here to read all of their stories about bats.

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10 Natural Wonders in New York State
Visit many of these using Footprint Press Guidebooks:
“Take A Hike Family Walks in New York’s Finger Lakes Region” for Chimney Bluffs and the Finger Lakes
“200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York” for Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes, and Letchworth
“25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Lake George, NY Region” for Lake George
“25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Thousand Islands & St. Lawrence Seaway Region in NYS” for the Thousand Islands
“Peak Experiences” for the Catskills, Shawangunks, & Adirondacks

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The new Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail Coins are here! The elegant, antique metal-finish tokens celebrate the waters and history of the 518-mile-long America’s Byway that is host to a new 75-cache adventure for those who enjoy exploring by latitude and longitude. The series of five coins features the Flagship Niagara, Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist tour boat, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, historic Fort Ontario, and a ship on the St. Lawrence River.

Avid geocachers who have already located at least 10 caches in any of the byway’s five regions (Lake Erie, Buffalo/Niagara Falls, Rochester/Central Lake Ontario, Eastern Lake Ontario, and 1000 Islands/St. Lawrence River) can have their logbooks validated to receive the coin for that region.

All five Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoCoins are available at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY. Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail logbook pickup and validation sites are:

Lake Erie Region — Flagship Niagara GeoCoin
•  Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1, Erie, PA 16505

Buffalo/Niagara Falls Region — Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist GeoCoin
•  Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Rochester/Central Lake Ontario Region — Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse GeoCoin
•  VisitRochester, 45 East Avenue, Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14604
•  Wayne County Tourism Office, 9 Pearl Street, Suite 3, Lyons, NY 14489

Eastern Lake Ontario Region — Historic Fort Ontario GeoCoin
•  Cayuga County Office of Tourism, 131 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021
•  Oswego County Tourism, 3rd Floor, County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St.,
Oswego, NY 13126
•  Screwy Louie’s Sport Shop, 596 Main St., Fair Haven, NY 13064

Thousand Islands/St. Lawrence River Region —  St. Lawrence River Ship GeoCoin
•  Seaway Trail Discovery Center, Ray & West Main Streets, Sackets Harbor, NY
•  St. Lawrence County Chamber, 101 Main St., Canton, NY 13617
•  1000 Islands International Tourism Council, 3373 Collins Landing,
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail sponsors include VisitErie, the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, VisitRochester, Wayne County Tourism, the Fair Haven Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cayuga County Office of Tourism, Oswego County Tourism, the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.

Great Lakes Seaway Trail President and CEO Teresa Mitchell says, “This new GeoTrail and our new collector coins are generating a geocaching rush on New York and Pennsylvania’s freshwater America’s Byway. This ‘get outdoors on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail’ initiative is ideal for making healthy living more available, accessible and affordable.”

Learn more at http://www.seawaytrail.com/geotrail.

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lakegeorgebikeJust Released:25 Interesting Bicycle Trails in the Lake George, NY Region” by Roger Fulton & Michael Carpenter

From a short, family friendly “ice cream” ride to a 50 mile long designated state bike route, this book offers more than 25 options in between. Both on-road and off-road biking locations are covered.

The 15 mile round trip, paved Warren County Bike Trail is included, as are segments of the connected, but unpaved, Feeder Canal Trail system. Off-road mountain biking locations are also covered in this comprehensive regional book. More than 60 photos, explicit directions from I-87 and GPS readings for trails and landmarks are all included.

Bicycling opportunities abound in the Lake George Region, but only if you know about them. In this book they tell you where to go, how to get there and what you’ll find – because they’ve been there!

Click here to order a copy.

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Click here to read Matt’s review of a hike in Gull Bay Preserve, owned by the Lake George Land Conservancy.

Click here for the Gull Bay Preserve web site.

For other hikes in the Lake George region, pick up a copy of the guidebook “25 Short Hikes & Interesting Walks in the Lake George, NY Region.”

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newsday.com, link to original article

The wreck of one of the first gasoline-powered excursion boats in the Adirondacks has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Forward lies in 40 feet of water near an island on the southern end of Lake George, 50 miles north of Albany.

The 45-foot-long boat was built in 1906 and featured two 30-horsepower engines. It was intentionally sunk in 1930 and discovered by amateur scuba divers in the 1970s.

Bateaux (ba-TOH’) Below, a group of underwater shipwreck preservationists, made the Forward part of a state-administered underwater diving park in Lake George that includes the wrecks of several French and Indian War vessels.

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