Dress for water success

7
Aug
2017
Author Pamela Merritt

Since this is river country, you might want to get out and about on the water of our beautiful countryside. Whatever your favorite way is of enjoying it, it's important to have the right gear so you can get the most out of the experience.

Start by outfitting yourself at our amazing outdoors store, International Border Company. Whether it's an extra pair of quick-drying socks or a great deal on a nice new boat, this is the place to find many fun things.

Canoes and kayaks and paddleboards, oh my!

easiest trek

You don't have to try paddling for long to realize this is a fantastic way to travel. Exploring our beautiful Adirondacks from the water gives you more of everything, in many ways.

When it comes to scenery, paddling takes you through more of it than hiking does, and with less effort. Especially some of the more remote areas, which are actually more accessible from the water than they are from the land.

There's lovely paddling at the Visitor's Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths. Only a half hour from downtown Malone, but a whole world away.

This advantage is especially so if we are packing heavy or bulky items, like tents and sleeping bags, picnic supplies, or camera equipment. It doesn't take much more effort to paddle a canoe with stuff in it than it does to propel a canoe that is mostly empty.

Another difference is how hiking can be mostly in the shade of a forest, while paddling is out in the sun. Maybe you need sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat?

Remember that sun bounces off the water. If you need a hat, IBC literally has you covered.

My favorite part of paddling is when I find a gorgeous stretch and I stop paddling. We can drift along and see even more wildlife this way, as I can get quite close without moving, such as the time I drifted very near a Great Blue Heron. It's a tough call: Reach for a camera, or just enjoy the moment?

I decided to sit and enjoy the moment.

Make sure everyone has their own life jacket - it is New York state law.

See just how much paddling there is in the Malone region.

fast and slow

For whitewater fans, there are three runs available, just to get the blood moving; and the kayak too.

The Chasm Falls section of the Salmon River starts below the Chasm Falls dam, and the very rocky scenic section pictured below.

Enter the river below this tumbled boulder section for a wild ride followed by a still-challenging paddle.

Pay close attention to the put in and put out instructions at the link, since the river can quickly get shallow while still running quite fast.

Since whitewater is such a splashy-splashy sport, you might need a stylish new suit to wear under those shorts.

Two more thrilling whitewater choices are Route 374 to Cooks Mill and Lower Chateaugay Lake to Cooks Mill.

If we are going to the other end of the spectrum, and looking for some still water for our paddleboards, there are plenty of lovely ponds that are sized just right for the paddleboard's meditative pace.

Bathing suits are also an excellent outfit for paddleboards.

For paddleboarding, consider Wolf Pond (deep and remote,) Slush Pond (calm and little,) or Jones Pond (part of a paddling chain.)

under the water

If your interest in the water centers on the fish who live there, there are miles of river and acres of lakes which offer special fishing excitement. The fast rivers and rugged shorelines are the kinds of conditions fish like, which makes them the kinds of places anglers love.

The Salmon River, near Whippleville. This river is a lively highlight of many areas around Malone.

To stay comfortable on the water, consider the conditions. Remember, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Getting a foot dunked because of bad boots will bother us all day. There's no point in shivering if all we need is an added layer of comfort. Make sure there's a raincoat to reach for in case of a passing shower.

Fish are biting rain or shine, so pick up a pretty rain jacket, ladies.

Traditional about wool? There's the famous "Malone plaid," from Ballard Mills, which is now known as Adirondack plaid. Or, there's the latest of high tech fabrics, including those super-thin new insulating layers that make even the warmest jacket look stylish.

Need waders to compete in the Henderson Hatch? Wet feet are so distracting.

Fly fishing or boat fishing, seeking out hidden ponds, or finding the shorelines that are designated for fishing access, there's likely a perfect place for your favorite kind of angling. The cool clear waters of the Adirondacks are stocked with trout and salmon so everyone can take their best cast at landing something to brag about.

Look at all of the fine fishing available.

Ready for some chilling out? Head for the hammock corner at International Border Company. All you need are some trees. Or, get a stand and relax anywhere.

Ready for some non-activity? IBC can take care of that, too.

You'll be ready for a nice place to stay. Dry off and explore our dining. Not sure about where to start? Consult one of our Adirondack guides.


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