Second Pond boat launch, southwest of the village of Saranac Lake on Route 3
Several local recreation sites will be receiving funding to support outdoor recreation improvement projects over the summer, according to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
On June 24, Cuomo announced more than $17 million in upgrades to improve recreation areas located on public lands, including campgrounds, day use areas, trails and boat launches. The Eastern Adirondacks region will receive $11,294,847.
The Second Pond Boat Launch site in Franklin County will receive $1.4 million for a boat launch and parking area reconstruction project, while the Upper Saranac Lake Boat Launch will be part of a $450,000 reconstruction project for the launch.
The Lake Colby Environmental Education Camp is receiving $200,000 for the construction of a First Aid cabin, while the Valcour Island Primitive Area is receiving $350,000 for rehabilitation work on the lighthouse roof and Camp Cayuga-Scaroon Campground will receive $250,000 for the development of primitive camping areas.
Also awarded was $450,00 to the Putnam Pond Campground for repaving of roads and $200,000 to the Peru Dock Boat Launch for erosion repairs as well as a ramp extension.
“Improving the infrastructure of New York’s outdoor recreation hot spots will help spur economic development and job creation, boost tourism and strengthen regional economies,” Cuomo said in a release. “This funding, an important component of our New York Works program, will help upgrade and expand recreation prospects across the state and allow even more visitors to take advantage of the tremendous natural resources New York has to offer.”
Among the projects are those which will facilitate public access to the former Finch lands along the Hudson River between Newcomb and Indian Lake this summer and into the Essex Chain Lakes this fall. These projects will make it easier for residents and tourists to access the 7,200 acres of Forest Preserve lands that will be open to the public for the first time in 100 years.
The Finch land improvements include:
•kiosks and signs at Newcomb Town Beach, Iron Bridge, Deer Pond Outer Gooley Parking area, Route 28N, Goodnow Flow Road and Town Beach Road;
•the construction of a 12-car parking lot on Indian Lake Road for Squaw Lake access;
•the construction of a parking lot for egress/ingress at Iron Bridge;
•a temporary parking lot at the gravel pit north of the Chain Lakes Road/Polaris Road intersection;
•the construction of a parking lot at Deer Pond;
•portages on the Hudson River;
•design of the Palmer Pond snowmobile bridge, a major community connector trail between North Hudson to Newcomb;
•trail to access Deer Pond and portage from Deer Pond to Third Lake;
•and the installation of permanent gates at these locations: Ord Road, Chain Lakes Road, Gooley Club Road, Cedar Mountain Road, Near Iron Bridge, Deer Pond Road (before gravel pit), and Indian River — pending river classification.
Also awarded was $300,000 for Santanoni Preserve culvert rehab in the town of Newcomb.
(Andy Flynn contributed to this story.)