I headed out early on Friday morning from our cabin to visit Fawn Lake. It had been raining somewhat steadily the past few days, so it was nice to have a dry, sunny morning to paddle around and drink coffee. Fawn Lake is just outside of Speculator, slightly northwest of Piseco, and just a short drive from where I was staying. And also immediately west of Vly Lake! You drive a little ways off of 8 and just past a snowplow turnaround, there’s a parking area and trailhead. A hummingbird flew right up as I parked, likely disappointed by the

The last couple days were rainy, so I was itching to get out again after our Fall Lake/Vly Lake trip. It let up a little bit on Thursday afternoon, but then started up again enough to cut my visit to G Lake a bit short, but it was still worthwhile and I love some of the photos I got that are much more dramatic in the rainy weather. G Lake is just south of Piseco on 8. A marked road heads into the forest for a little over 2 miles and then there’s a parking area and a short trail

My sister and I spent the day paddling up and back through Fall Lake and Vly Lake on Sunday (August 15th). Because we were staying at a camp on the north end of Piseco Lake, we left from the beach there and went back to the bridge at Fall Stream. This meant we had to carry our boats across the road, but it was easier (and more fun) than driving the boats there. This is where most people exploring these two lakes would put in, however, and there’s a rudimentary little slide to bring your canoe/kayak over the mud to

Little day trip to North Lake near Forestport today. Not the most remote or unpeopled, but picturesque with little islands, lots of loons and other birds (like this heron that was flying straight at me) and paddling up to the NE end finds lots of nooks and crannies to explore. I had lunch at one of the campsites on the NE end, and then found another that I SHOULD have had lunch at. Plans in my mind to go camp at that one at some point though. And back home in time for dinner. Well, if Sookie had made dinner

Lake Durant is where we* go camping annually and have been lucky enough to snag some of the great lake-side sites over the past few years. It’s one of my favorite state camp grounds for a variety of reasons, namely: the Northville-Lake Placid trail runs through it and it’s generally quiet, with somewhat more secluded-feeling sites. And, if you grab a lake-side one, you can put your canoe or kayak in right in front of your tent. I’ve gotten to know this lake pretty well over the years and regularly see loons and beavers. It’s a great little lake to