Thursday Evening Tour Trip Reports - click on any picture to view a larger image
May 13, 2021 - Four paddlers embarked on a 6 mile journey exploring Higley Flow Reservoir in South Colton for our first Thursday evening tour of the season. We had beautiful sunny skies, temperatures in the mid 60's°F, and light winds. Accidently, we entered Dead Man's Cove thinking it was a shortcut through to the main channel, but it was a dead end. We managed to escape unscathed without awakening the zombies. Wildlife observations included an osprey, black ducks, mallards, Canada geese, a raven, and we heard a barred owl calling.
September 17, 2020 - Thursday evening, with calm conditions, partly sunny skies and a temperature of 60°F, eight turned out to paddle the Little and Grasse Rivers from the Little River Boat Launch in Canton. We paddled upstream on the Grasse about 1.35 miles past Taylor Park before turning around and heading back to the launch. We covered approximately 6 miles in just under two hours as daylight was waning. Wildlife observations included numerous great blue herons (okay, I know it was only one, but we flushed it over and over again about every hundred yards!).
September 3, 2020 - On a beautiful September evening, 14 paddlers explored the Raquette River in Potsdam. We launched from Ives Park and headed upstream paddling along the east shoreline and around several islands. Continuing on our way, we followed the west shore of Sugar Island to the orange buoys below the aqueduct before turning around and heading downstream. Paddling for about 1.5 hours we covered 4-4.5 miles. Several Canada geese took flight as the group approached, and an osprey was spotted perched along the route.
August 27, 2020 - Eight paddlers braved cool temperatures, overcast skies and occasional rain showers to explore the Oswegatchie River downstream from the Heuvelton dam. We paddled approximately 6.25 miles in just under two hours returning to the launch at 7:30 p.m. Wildlife observations included a muskrat swimming across the river with a mouthful of green grass, and several birds including an osprey, great blue heron, green-backed heron, several belted kingfishers, one cormorant, and a line of geese that stretched across the river and took flight as we approached.
August 20, 2020 - Sixteen paddlers joined us for a circumnavigation of the South Colton Reservoir. We paddled about 4 miles clockwise around the reservoir from the boat launch. Several paddlers spotted beavers along the way, as well as common mergansers. A wide variety of wetland plants were in bloom along the marshy shoreline, including cardinal flowers. Not far from the boat launch we heard and then found small waterfalls flowing into the reservoir from the old Racquette River bed. Around the next point we encountered some moderate current where the hydropower release flows into the reservoir.
August 13, 2020 - Thirteen paddlers joined us for the second Thursday evening paddle on the Oswegatchie River between Rensselaer Falls and Beaver Creek. We paddled about 2.5 miles upstream until it became too shallow as we approached the Village of Rensselaer Falls, and then enjoyed a leisurely paddle downstream back to the launch.
August 6, 2020 - Ten paddlers joined us for the Thursday Tour to explore Rainbow Falls Reservoir. Three loons, several mallards and common mergansers, as well as a few ring-billed gulls and double-crested cormorants were observed. We paddled about 5.5 miles over two hours, exploring the reservoir and returning to the launch before sunset. Another beautiful summer evening on the water!