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New map details Lows Lake

June 15, 2011
By MIKE LYNCH, News Outdoors Writer
TUPPER LAKE — Paddlers and hikers who enjoy exploring the Lows Lake area now have a new option for navigating there: a waterproof topographical map.

The map was created by Tupper Lake’s Raquette River Outfitters and Cushman Designs of Stowe, Vt. It is the first in a series that the two companies plan to produce. They also plan to make similar maps for the nearby Oswegatchie River and William C. Whitney Wilderness Area.

The map is different from some of the other waterproof maps currently on the market because it is very site specific. The Adirondack Paddlers Map produced by St. Regis Outfitters and the Adirondack maps produced by National Geographic cover much larger areas than this one. They are good for when you plan on sticking to the waterways, but don’t have the specific details for when you hit the shoreline that this one does.

The Lows Lake map includes the trip from Lows Lower Dam on the Bog River over to the western edge of Lows Lake. To the north, it includes a sliver of the southern part of Cranberry Lake. To the south, it includes Bog Lake and Clear Pond.

“It’s a very accurate map, the shoreline features are very accurate,” said Raquette River owner Anne Fleck. “You can actually use that map and bushwack.”

In addition to the map itself, there are 40 campsite descriptions and 10 hike suggestions. There are also several write-ups on the “The Bog River and Lows Lake” area and tips for being an ethical paddler and camper.

“Following the Bog River into Hitchens Pond up to Lows Lake and beyond is one of several spectacular wilderness canoe routes,” states the map. “It must also be considered as a destination in itself. Whether you have only a few hours to paddle, time for a day trip or 10 days to canoe or kayak camp, you will never grow weary exploring this beautiful waterway, surrounding forests and wilderness area.”

The cost of the map is $12.50 and can be purchased at Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake or other other retail shops in the area.

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