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For Release: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lows Upper Dam Project Impacting Traffic Flow

Work Being Done in St. Lawrence County

A maintenance project is underway at Lows Upper Dam located in the Bog River/Lows Lake area in southern St. Lawrence County. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is overseeing the work being done by a contractor to bring the dam into compliance with New York Dam Safety Regulations. Construction activities will impact recreational users of the portage from Hitchins Pond to Lows Lake, as well as private landowners and users of the Sabattis Boy Scout Camp. Work is scheduled to occur Monday through Friday and is expected to last through November 2017.

Members of the public wishing to access Hitchins Pond and Lows Lake will continue to launch at Low's Lower Dam, located near the end of State Highway 421. Recreational users should continue to use the existing designated portage around Low's Upper Dam. From Hitchins Pond travel northwest past the old homesite; stay within the designated traffic area (delineated with orange construction fence) as you make your way through the work area; and continue to the dock on the right side of the Bog River Flow. Stay within the designated travel corridor at all times while traveling through the work area. Construction activities will not affect vehicular traffic to private land on Lows Lake (Boy Scouts and others) on Saturday and Sunday, but will change traffic patterns during the work week. Authorized vehicles may access private property from NYS Route 421 when the Sabattis Road is not passable.

If you have any questions or concerns contact Henry Dedrick, Supervising Forester at the DECs Potsdam sub-office at (315) 274-3342 or email

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