BOREAS PONDS in the Adirondak Park

Boreas Ponds updates.

Seasonal access issues. Sep 4 & 5, 2016 - BOREAS PONDS canoe camping. 5 other cars in the new parking area. Wheeled canoe & gear 2.7 miles to put-in on LaBier Flow just past the dam.

Scenic 0.7 mile paddle to take-out in small cove, marked with a 2.5' stick stuck in the ground. 50' carry to the road. Wheeled half mile to dam at the ponds. Outstanding High Peaks views; plus Wind River Range/Cheney Cobble to the W & Boreas Mtn to the E. Cruised the ponds & looked for a good campsite without luck; mostly spruce & fir, shores are hard to land on. Peaceful evening with cricket, owl & loon sounds. Misty morning. Loons (8 incl. 2 chicks), 3 otters. Paddled up the inlet (Boreas River), had to carry around a culvert, crossed an old logging road, continued 0.7 miles upstream winding thru a vly. Went for a swim near the dam. Skipped paddling LaBier on way out & wheeled 3.7 miles, a bit more gentle but tiring uphills on the way back. 23.9 miles over 2 days. Saw 3 other canoes & 1 kayak on the ponds, several hikers & some bikers on the road. Some biting stable flies while on the water (very little wind), mosquitoes came out for ~10 minutes at dusk.

Saw a woman on shore taking photos with a long telephoto lens, months later I saw this photo of me by Nancie Battaglia in Adirondack Explorer:

Sep 20, 2014 - BOREAS PONDS sneak peak with The Nature Conservancy.  Public not allowed until NYS buys the area from TNC.  3 interconnected ponds with lots of islands, S of the High Peaks.  7 mile drive on dirt roads (moose tracks), thru 2 locked gates, to dam that creates the ponds, this dam was rebuilt not too long ago & is similar to the one at Henderson Lake. At ~5 miles stopped at wood dam on the Boreas River that creates LeBiere Flow, this dam probably won't last 50 years. Visited the lodge that Finch Pruyn built (1996?) for its guests; Dave, the caretaker, had some coffee on & built a fire in the fireplace; moose head (from Maine) over the front window; stuffed coyote too; Adirondack chairs lined the front deck, several identical bedrooms neatly set up with sheets & blankets.  Paddled the perimeter of the ponds, unfortunately clouds were low & we did not see Marcy & other high peaks.  Floating bogs, lilypads & sunken trees typical of a flow; a spruce island in the middle.  Loons.  Fall foliage excellent.  Drove thru Placid & Saranac: trailheads packed, colors not quite as good on N side of High Peaks.  Paddled down Stony Creek & set up camp for 2 nights in the Stony Creek Lean-to on the Raquette River. 

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