Adirondack summer

Dr. Charles Hadden doesn't let
the rain deter his visiting rounds.

The Chateaugay Lakes region is the headwaters of the Chateaugay River. Pure snowmelt and rain water trickle over mosses and boulders on forested Lyon Mountain to feed Upper Chateaugay Lake, the jewel of the watershed.

The two lakes and the Narrows connecting them are a summer playground for hundreds of camp owners along their shores. 

The local Chateaugay Lakes Association tries to maintain a balance between the human enjoyment and natural protection of the area as do the state zoning laws of the Adirondack Park Agency.

Magical midnight: big dipper and
the lights of Montreal 85 miles north.

Good stories of rustic life, in books and in conversation. Author of local lore, Reg Merrill chats with Jane Kelting in her log boathouse.

Long before Europeans colonized these lakes, Native Americans fished and hunted this northern wilderness. Today's campers still find peace in the early morning and may even find stone spear heads.

Hobblebush gathers what light
it can in the forest understory.

Photos copyright by Phil Norton

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