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Old 09-11-2007, 05:15 PM   #41
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I've camped @ the lean-to & paddled Forked on several occasions and never used the NYS campground access. Last I knew the Whitney family has allowed public use of their private dock where they access Little Forked lake. Just keep it clean, park out of the way, and be appreciative. No permission is needed from NY as long as you heed the standard lean-to & campsite restrictions.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:20 PM   #42
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Sailing on Forked Lake

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I was wondering if anyone had any experience of sailing on Forked Lake?
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:20 AM   #43
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The launch at the DEC campsite is shallow and has very rocky access to the main lake. You can't really sail through that section, would have to tow, motor, or paddle to the main lake.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:05 AM   #44
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Can anyone confirm another launch 2-3 miles from the camp launch? We've paddled past plenty, but never explored on a map.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:15 AM   #45
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The Whitney Launch on Forked

Stay on the road several miles past the Forked Lake turnoff. Not long after passing the outlet from Raquette Lake there is a right turn leading to Forked and a launch including a sizeable dock. Park away from the launch. This rd is the portage path between Raquette & Forked Lakes.

Where the main Rd crosses the Raquette Lake outlet, there is paddling access and a small parking area on the right. This gives the easiest paddling access to the northeast portion of Raquette Lake. The river downstream toward Forked isn't thought to be paddle friendly until perhaps a mile from Forked. Lots of downed trees and white water in spring.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:48 PM   #46
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Is it pronounced Forked or Fork-ed?
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:48 PM   #47
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Fork-ed. Good question.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:48 AM   #48
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Even though the campground officially closes on sept. 5th you are still allowed to camp there it is just that there are no services.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:27 AM   #49
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Planning for late spring 2013

Thinking that 69A looks good. - dock and the site has some space. We've always done camping out of the back of a car, We have a 16' canoe so we're going for it. First time since I was in my teens that I've been more than a 20' walk to a car at a campsite. The site is a 1/2 mile paddle from the launch.
What is the mosquito population like? Started to work on logistics.
I'll be asking more information and tips about canoe camping as we progress.
Thanks all-
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #50
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Fork-Ed like Phys-ED

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Is it pronounced Forked or Fork-ed?
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Or Special Ed from some of us....
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:55 PM   #51
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Is it pronounced Forked or Fork-ed?
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Fork-ed. Good question.
This has always puzzled me. For years I would refer to it as Forked Lake...(just like it's spelled and pronounced in modern day common English, and the fact the lake is indeed forked), until one day I was corrected by a local some years ago.

Definition of forked:

forked

pronounced: /f˘rkt/

Adjective

Having a divided or pronged end or branches; "a forked tail".


Same thing with Peaked Mtn.
The mountain has a sharp peak, it doesn't look pale or sick.
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:33 PM   #52
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Isn't it pronounced "fork-ed" as to not be mis-heard as fourth lake?
And can anyone tell me if site 2 is an ok site? We have a pop-up and few are accessible with this equipment... I just need to know if it's worth the 5 hour drive or if I will hate my site...
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:30 AM   #53
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Isn't it pronounced "fork-ed" as to not be mis-heard as fourth lake?
And can anyone tell me if site 2 is an ok site? We have a pop-up and few are accessible with this equipment... I just need to know if it's worth the 5 hour drive or if I will hate my site...
Site #2 is across from the parking area and along the walkway over the outlet....not secluded in any way.
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:58 AM   #54
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Site #2 is across from the parking area and along the walkway over the outlet....not secluded in any way.
I think there are two campsites there and it was in the open but away from the rest of the campground. It was relaxing listening to the river. I can tell you where NOT to camp in the drive-up sites and that is near the boat launch. My wife and I camped right across from it last summer and it was Grand Central Station all weekend.
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Old 07-09-2016, 01:37 PM   #55
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It can be done

I have done the section of river that connects Racquette and Forked Lake. It's been quite a few years ago but I don't recall anything too complicated about that section. You will need to leave your boat to get around a few spots but it's nothing too crazy. I have been through it both in a downriver kayak and in a canoe. I would not recommend it when the water is low.
The smarter move is the carry to Forked Lake. It's a pretty easy one.

Oh, WRT Forked Lake, we grew up calling it Fork-ed Lake. I have never heard a local it Forked. Madrid is Mad Rid, not pronounced like the city in Spain. There are no ADK's or Daks and we might say Whuh if the water is cold when we jump in....
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As in Fork-ed. knife-ed and spoon-ed? How about Inane-ed?
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:56 AM   #57
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As in Fork-ed. knife-ed and spoon-ed? How about Inane-ed?


There are also some nice campsites over at Ra-quett-e Lake, and I also heard that there are nice views from Mox-ham Moun-tain.
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Old 07-10-2016, 11:12 AM   #58
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And if you actually are from Norfolk you will definitely say Whuh if the water is cold.... that's a guaranteed tell

Oh, and that's Nor fok, not Nor Folk.....
It's too easy
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