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Old 03-30-2017, 02:23 PM   #1
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St. Regis Canoe Area September 19 -21, 2016

For our fall camping trip Judi and I decided to visit St. Regis Canoe area. I had done a couple of day trips there, but we had never overnighted.
We left home on Monday, September 19th and drove to Saranac Lake. We had to hold off starting the trip until we heard the results from a close family member who was having an operation that day. After learning of a successful operation we hurried to the parking lot at Little Clear Pond to begin our paddle at about 2 in the afternoon.

We decided to make camp on St. Regis Pond and do day trips from there. After being cordially greeted by the resident loon


and a quick carry from Little Clear to St. Regis Pond


we examined a few sites before finding the unoccupied island site. Judi stayed in her boat while I scouted the site to see if it was suitable. Upon finding over a case of Bud Lites and a couple of 16 oz. Yuenglings that some past campers had left, I deemed the site suitable for inhabitation.



After setting up camp, we began to think about dinner and getting our dehydrated dinner rehydrated. It was then that we discovered that apparently, the alcohol stove and itís associated cooking pot had been left at home. Luckily for us I had brought the recently purchased Littlbug Jr. twig stove (thank you Yellow Canoe!), but the lack of pots would make it impossible to do dishes. I vowed to travel an hour and a half home the next morning and retrieve the missing equipment. BTW, the Littlbug worked great! Much better than the homemade twig stove had been using in the past.
The next morning we did one more thorough check of our equipment and located the missing equipment and Judiís day pack.

Our goal for the day was the 5 of the 7 Carries trail that would take us to Upper St. Regis Lake.



At the end of the carry from Green to Little Long Pond there were a few massive white pines.






It was a blue sky day and along the way we replenished our vitamin C with fresh cranberries.





Finally we made it to Upper St. Regis Lake where we saw not only houses but power boats (EEK!)


We quickly retreated back to our island paradise.




(FYI, we actually had limited cell service on the island so we were able to check in on the hospital bound relative. While not something I normally would seek out, this provided a relief to those among us that tend to worry.)

The next day we decided to take it easy and explore more of St. Regis Pond and Little Clear.



We ran into Guide Lynn Malerba and a client. We were worried what to do with the remaining Bud Liteís at the site. (the Yuenglings had already succumbed to our thirst) and she assured us that if we left them, they would be consumed before the snow flies.

That night we watched the sun go down sitting next to the water.






The next morning we leisurely packed up and made our way back home. A short but enjoyable trip.
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Old 03-30-2017, 02:52 PM   #2
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Great shots.

I'd say you must go back and make the trip out to Fish Pond (loop it if you can). Not only is Fish Pond a nice pond (nicer than St. Regis IMHO) but you get to travel through a number of other really interesting little ponds on the way. The ponds out near Fish with their steep sides are my favorite.
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Old 03-30-2017, 03:34 PM   #3
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If your goal in posting your pics was to get me pumped up and excited about the upcoming paddling/camping season, you very much succeeded!! Thanks for taking the time and effort to post them!
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:35 PM   #4
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I just noticed on your pictures your last name is Fish. Another reason to visit that aptly named pond (actually two! - big and little).
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:59 PM   #5
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Getting Excited

Great trip report! Looking forward to Fish Creek this summer with my boys. In 2015 Lynn guided me on a canoe/camp trip to the Essex Chain. Great guide and wonderful people.

Thanks for posting!
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:31 PM   #6
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Glad you folks enjoyed it. We will definitely be back and the Fish Pond area looks very interesting!
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