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April 10 - Chapter Meeting - Program 7:30


Chapter Meeting: Wednesday, april 10, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Raquette River: Four Rivers in One

Presented by Mike Prescott, Adirondack Guide and historian


The Raquette River is the second longest river in New York State (174+ miles). It is second in length only to the Hudson River. The Raquette, unlike the Hudson, flows in a northerly direction and empties into the St Lawrence River at Akwesasne, near Massena, New York. The river starts out in the south-central Adirondacks, just above Blue Mountain Lake. It flows westerly into Raquette Lake and then slowly bends to flow northerly through Long Lake (wide spot in the river), towards Raquette Falls and then through Tupper Lake and across the Adirondack Plateau over many dams (20+) and through several beautiful man-made reservoirs.

Mike Prescott views the Raquette River as having four distinct regional areas. The first being the “trunk line”, the former “highways of the north”. This is the traditional hunting, trapping, fishing, trading, network of lakes, streams, and rivers. This section of the Raquette provides “sports” and the wealthy clientele (such as W.W. Durant and friends) their summer/ fall “playground”. It extends from Blue Mountain Lake to Tupper Lake/ Piercefield. The second section, the “wild river”, flows from Piercefield to the Carry Falls Reservoir. This is truly the way that the Raquette River has always appeared, with rapids and waterfalls; even today, it is a very primitive area. The third river is the “workhorse river”, the river of power. Today, as the Raquette drops off the Adirondack Plateau, a river of hydropower, with over twenty dams and reservoirs and historically part of the “river driving” and logging section. And the fourth section is the industrial and commercial river; and historically the hunting and trading route of native peoples, the “AAh.na.wa’te” section.

The Raquette River is truly a corridor that has been historically used for many purposes, and today is a river that has diverse ecological and great recreational potentials. The Raquette River is one of the best-kept secrets in the Adirondacks and in the State of New York.

The Raquette River: Four Rivers in One is illustrated with historic photographs and postcards as well as contemporary photographs that show a paddler or traveler today would experience along the river.

Mike Prescott is a retired secondary school principal and a New York State licensed guide. He has spent summers working with the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program and has logged many hours observing and photographing loons. He spent thirty-four years working with young people, first as a history teacher and then as a secondary principal. He has always found nature to be healing and rejuvenating. Mike specializes in learning about the history of the lakes, rivers, and streams of the Adirondacks.




April 10 - Workshop 6:30

6:30 pm workshop





 

Flat Tire Repair Clinic: 
Presented by DreamBikes Rochester NY


Don't get caught walking home next time you get a flat tire. We will teach you all about How to repair a flat tire and what you can do to prevent having to change a tire in the first place.
DreamBikes is a non-profit, full-service bike shop making dreams come true for local kids, one bike at a time.

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