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For Release: Friday, October 5, 2018

DEC Announces Completion of New West Branch Sacandaga River Take-Out Site

Improves Access to Outdoor Recreation in the Adirondacks

Supports Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative to Connect New Yorkers with Nature

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the completion of the new paddlers' take-out site along the West Branch Sacandaga River in the Shaker Place Conservation Easement Tract, in the town of Arietta, Hamilton County. The project is part of the Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with nature and the outdoors.

"DEC is pleased to provide improved access to the West Branch Sacandaga River so more paddlers and anglers can enjoy the area's natural beauty," said Commissioner Seggos. "These improvements, through Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, are another example of the State's ongoing efforts to grow the outdoor recreation economy and provide residents and visitors new opportunities to enjoy the Adirondacks."

DEC completed rehabilitating the road and parking area for the Shaker Place take-out along State Route 10 prior to the Columbus Day holiday weekend. The take-out previously involved climbing a steep bank to get back to State Route 10. The new access provides a safer and more user-friendly experience. In 2017, the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Corps (SCA) trail crew constructed a short path between the parking area and the river.

A point to point paddle down the West Branch Sacandaga River begins in the Silver Lake Wilderness at the State Route 10 bridge near the Good Luck Trailhead, approximately 14 miles north of Caroga Lake. A location for parking vehicles is available at the put-in site. The new takeout site is 6.5 miles north. The paddle is approximately 7.8 miles and will take the average intermediate paddler 3-4 hours. Paddlers need to take out at the designated site. There are no other take-outs farther downstream.

The take-out site is located on private lands owned by Lyme Adirondack Forestry Company. DEC's right to build the site and the public's right to use it was purchased as part of the 2004 conservation easement acquisition of lands owned by International Paper. There are no public access rights beyond the Shaker Place take-out. There is also no public access on the adjacent lands. Paddlers must stay on the roadway, in the parking area, and on the path to the river.

Other paddling in the area includes access to Good Luck Lake, Chub Lake, and Trout Lake. Access for these lakes begins at the same put-in as the West Branch Sacandaga paddle. Fishing opportunities exist within these waterbodies as well. The West Branch Sacandaga River is currently stocked with brown and brook trout.

Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. This initiative will support the completion of more than 75 projects over the next three years, ranging from improvements to youth camps and environmental education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds, and hiking trails. Read more about the Adventure NY (PDF) (10.6 MB) initiative.

For more information on planning an outdoor adventure in New York State, visit DEC's website.

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