WANAKENA WEEKLY #14 - 05/07/20 - 05/13/20
In an effort to “FLATTEN THE CURVE” Otto’s Abode will remain temporarily closed until further notice. This is our ninth week of being closed. (Wow, we really dragged this one out, huh?) Well, we’re happy to announce we will be re-opening next Friday, May 22nd @ 9am – stay tuned for regular summer hours.
With warm weather comes warm weather activities - such as launching a watercraft. There has been an attractive Backpackers Magazine article circulating around local social media outlets this past week. The magazine featured in the shared post boats Cranberry Lake as a recommended destination for wilderness recreation. We wont argue with that. Cranberry Lake is the best – no doubt – but, we wanted to comment on something mentioned in the brief article. The magazine says the "trailhead" is Ranger School Road, Wanakena (44.1374,-74.9157). Without using a GPS device to find this exact location we feel safe to deduct that this is the well-known "boat launch" on the land-bridge between Oswegatchie/Cranberry Lake and The Setback. Right by Blackwaters Cafe. One thing we wish to address is the fact that there is NO regularly scheduled Adirondack Watershed Steward at this launch. We also want to acknowledge the significance that there are currently NO AIS in Cranberry Lake – the THIRD largest lake in the Adirondack Park. A truly magnificent lake whose shorelines are a majority public wilderness. Everyone knows this launch is a great way to get onto Cranberry Lake southern ends – with snowmobile, too. With that in mind we would like to use this platform to promote the concept of “CLEAN DRAIN DRY” (clean boat, drain boat, dry boat) as to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. It’s a big deal and we believe doing a little does a lot – in other words: the benefit of a healthy invasive-free lake is well worth the effort of taking an extra few steps with great/better care of your boat, canoe, kayak, snorkel, beach balls, etc… NOW. As they say: help stop the spread of aquatic hitchhikers. Or maybe write a letter to Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute and demand a watershed steward be hired to check boats at the unprotected Wanakena boat launch mentioned in a widely circulated magazine. It would be advantageous to prevent introduction of new species NOW rather than try and REMOVE an aggressive and invasive species later once it has established itself - that's a proven fact. Woo hoo! Cranberry Lake on the internet getting kicked around like a hot potato! In other Cranberry Lake news: This Day In History: May 11th 1893. The Cranberry Lake postal name became Harewood for a nine-year period. (from St. Lawrence County Almanack, Vol 4, R. LaDuke.
Also, a message from Michael:
Have you seen that car bridge lately?! Jeeeeze Louiiiise!!! It’s floating over the river!! Or rather: dangling. It's structurally sound and dangling. The word on the street from an unnamed source who spoke with the project engineer is that the structure - as we see it now - will be the bridge in its entirety. It is all put together. Using cantilevered force, the bridge is suspended over the river by its own weight and has been placed in this location by rollers strategically located by trained engineers. Roll that bridge out! They are just gonna roll it out - can you believe that?! Friday is supposed to rain, so THE BIG PULL is supposed to happen Monday. Unbelieveable! And as we say here every week: "WE"LL BE DRIVING OVER THAT NEW BRIDGE IN NO TIME!"
The Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake hosts via Facebook Live bedtime stories most nights read aloud by Ms. Kate the Librarian! https://www.facebook.com/cliftoncommunitylibrary/
Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie, Todd Hardware, Twin Lakes and Coffee Fever in Star Lake and Otto’s Abode in Wanakena remain temporarily closed. There’s a rumor going around that Lakeside General in Cranberry Lake will open Memorial Day Weekend.
Kim’s Lost Dog Report: There are currently NO lost dogs in Wanakena.
St. Lawrence County spring outdoor burn ban in effect March 16th – May 14th.
Any questions, comments, concerns, trail condition inquiries, legends, jokes, animal sightings, etc… feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3158483008 or pop-in the shop!
There is a time to fish and a time to dry nets – Chinese Proverbs
All for now!