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Outdoors

Toboggan Chute opens for season

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Toboggan Chute on Parkside Drive is in full swing after it opened Friday, Feb. 16, just in time for the Presidents Day holiday weekend. “We’ve been busy every night (and day) that we’ve been open,” said North Elba Park District Manager Matt St. Louis ...

Ice swimming in Lake Placid?

Two Ukranian expatriates cross-country skiing on Mirror Lake Friday morning, Feb. 16, were curious as to where they could go swimming outside. Not in Lake Placid, I said, adding that there may be some open water in Saranac Lake, knowing that the ice on Lake Flower has been slow to freeze all ...

John Brown Farm State Historic Site to host full moon hike on Feb. 24

LAKE PLACID — The John Brown Farm State Historic Site will host a full moon hike from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Visitors are invited to take a guided winter evening walk by the light of the Snow Moon. The outdoor program that will start in the North Field, adjacent to the parking lot ...

Lake Placid Toboggan Chute opens for the season tonight

LAKE PLACID — As North Elba Park District employee Lee Jopling was shoveling several inches of fresh snow off the ice slides near the top of the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute Friday morning, a woman standing on the Parkside Drive sidewalk shouted a question to him. "Are you guys going to be ...

Mirror Lake ice is thickening

LAKE PLACID — The ice on Mirror Lake is finally getting thicker after a long and unusually warm start to winter. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we were at 10.5 to 11 inches (by Thursday),” North Elba Park District Manager Matt St. Louis said on Wednesday, Feb. 7. He reported that ...

Notable loon lead poisoning deaths occurred on Lake Placid in 2023

SARANAC LAKE — Although legislation was passed in 2004 that banned the sale of small lead fishing tackle in New York, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation has continued to document Adirondack loons dying from lead poisoning after ingesting lead jigheads and sinkers that are still ...