Raquette River 'awareness events' to include hikes, clean-ups, canoe trips, exhibits
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 6:10 am

The Raquette River Blueway Corridor Committee, in its attempt to develop an regional appreciation for the river, has announced its annual Awareness Week series of events ranging from cleanups to historic presentations and exhibits to hiking and paddling excursions, Saturday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 8.

The 174-mile river is the second longest in New York and winds north from its origin in Blue Mountain Lake through Raquette Lake, Colton, Norwood, Potsdam and Massena, all the way to Akwesasne, where it drains into the St. Lawrence River.

Saturday, July 31:

• Opening of Raquette River Information Center, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., ribbon cutting on new info center in South Colton, 3932 State Hwy 56. Photo contest display and resource materials.

• River History Unveiled, 7 p.m., presentation of the Raquette River's history by MaryJane Watson, at the Higley Flow State Park Pavilion, Colton. Photo contest and resource materials also on display.

• The Adirondack Mountain Club Laurentian Chapter hosts a Treasure Hunt on the Red Sandstone Trail, beginning in Hannawa Falls, hikers solve clues to find hidden “Letter Boxes.” A few inclines but only about 2 miles: level 1. Contact Blair Madore, madorebf@potsdam.edu, 265-0602.

• Norwood Gazebo Rehab-Launch Clean Up, Partnership with the Norwood Lake Association to fix up the Gazebo at the beach and clean up near the boat launch

• Learn to Paddle, Wear on Earth sponsors a learn to paddle and test drive canoe or kayaks on Fall Island, Maple Street, next to Evans & Whites hardware, Potsdam.

• Paddle & River Sweep, 2-4 p.m., Potsdam to Hewittville paddle and sweep, about a 2-hour trip, for beginner to intermediate, two portages on this paddle. Dress for the weather and floatation devices must be worn. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Trash bags will be provided

• River History Unveiled, 6 p.m., presentation of the Raquette River's history by MaryJane Watson, at the Potsdam Public Museum. Photo Contest and Resource materials also on display.

Sunday, Aug. 1

• “Discover Letterboxing,” Catamount Lodge noon-4 p.m., brief instructional presentation and a demonstration of how to carve your own rubber stamps. Contact adkwyvern@yahoo.com for more information.

• Carry Falls Reservoir Paddle, 10 a.m., multi-car shuttle; put-in from access road below Jamestown Falls (Rt. 56 South Colton) past Parmenter site and Jordan River entrance to the Catamount Lodge pull out. Arrange for a ride share, bring own snacks and water.

Saturday, Aug. 7:

• Stone Valley Hike, Colton, 10 a.m., self-guide hiking opportunity, along trail during whitewater release.

• Whitewater Release Kayaking, 10 a.m., whitewater release by Brookfield in Colton for class 4-5 rapid kayaking. Spectators welcome along Stone Valley Trail. Paddlers enter near launch before the Fire Station

• River History Unveiled – 7 p.m., presentation of the Raquette River's history by MaryJane Watson, at the Higley Flow State Park Pavilion, Colton.

• 9th Annual Walleye Challenge – 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Massena Intake, St. Hw. 131. Registration Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Massena Rod and Gun Club. Info: 384-3450 or www.stlawrenceriverwalleyassociation.com

Sunday, Aug. 8:

• Raquette River: Four Rivers in One Presentation – Mike Prescott presents his slide show and discussion of the Raquette River at the Norwood Town Hall.

• Boating-Fishing Demo – 10 a.m.-2 p.m., TAUNY display tent includes boat builder and fishing rod creator at the Norwood Village Beach.