For the first time in 100 plus years, the 18,300-acre Chain Lakes/Hudson River tract will open for camping, hiking, paddling, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, and more. New York’s public lands provide a foundation for outdoor recreation, which is a growing economic sector nationally.
The Essex Chain of Lakes, a series of interconnected water bodies, provides habitat for common loon, common merganser, great blue heron and other birds.
The “carnivorous” pitcher plant can be found in wet, shrubby areas at the edge of some of the lakes and ponds on the Chain Lakes/Hudson River tract. The plant’s unusual flower is pictured here.
Paddlers will enjoy traversing the Essex Chain of Lakes, as well as more than 10 miles on the Hudson and Cedar Rivers, when the property is fully opened to the public for recreation (projected to be late fall 2013).
Views from Third Lake, the largest lake on the property, include Blue and Dun Brook Mountains, which are among the 100 highest peaks in the Adirondack Park.
Wildlife watchers will find new opportunities in the central Adirondacks thanks to this conservation effort. Moose, black bear, otter and fisher are among the wildlife one might see on the Chain Lakes/Hudson River property.
Anglers will enjoy new opportunities to test their flies and lures on the Chain Lakes/Hudson River tract. In New York State alone, there was more than $442 million in retail sales related to freshwater fishing in 2006.
Public access to the Chain Lakes-Hudson River tract will be sequenced in 2013. Much of the property is leased for exclusive use by two hunting clubs through September 30, 2013. Contact NYSDEC for details.
Conserving the Chain Lakes/Hudson River tract, plus two other pending transfers to the state’s “forever wild” Forest Preserve, will keep intact and make available for outdoor recreation one of the longest, wildest stretches of river in the Northeast.
With so many lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, the Chain Lakes/Hudson River tract includes nearly 140 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Keeping shoreline forests intact helps with flood control and can make downstream communities more resilient to storms like Irene and Sandy.
Essex Chain and Hudson River Tract
Watch a slideshow about the Chain Lakes/Hudson River tract, a wonderful new addition to the public lands within the Adirondack Park.