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Old 09-22-2018, 10:53 PM   #21
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It is rough, but I've done it three times in my Forester, and the lean-to, at least last year, was an unspoiled gem.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:56 AM   #22
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If you're looking at ponds nearest to 29, also consider Johnson Pond (roadside, a corner of state land provides access) and Hammond Pond (3/4 mile easily wheeled trail). These are scenic and generally very quiet.
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:08 AM   #23
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I drive my Forester down a few times each year and kayak fish the pond. Went twice this year. Just go slow, it's not bad. The road into Crane Pond near Schroon is much worse. Leanto was more picked up now than this video showed. Seems to be maintained a bit more. There are a lot of BIG leeches in the shallows near the outlet, so don't go wading around in there so much. Also saw a lot of moose tracks near the leanto area so there must be one wandering around nearby. Have yet to see it. On a hot day the deep holes in the Boreas near Lester are very refreshing for a swim.
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The road is no sweat. A guy drove it with his Honda Civic, no problems.
We loved the pond and especially enjoyed the Boreas River, which we explored south as far as what I took to be the dam. Ie. a row of boards placed side by side sticking up.
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Happy to hear you enjoyed the paddling, but...no pics??
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Happy to hear you enjoyed the paddling, but...no pics??
Coming soon!
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:01 PM   #27
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Cool!
I was just down the road at Boreas Ponds this weekend. TR tomorrow hopefully.
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:27 AM   #28
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'Not close to Exit 29, but my wife and I just had a great paddle yesterday on Garnet Lake in Warren County. Most of the camps were vacant and the lake was like glass. Perfect day.
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Happy to hear you enjoyed the paddling, but...no pics??
Btw, I was wondering if you put in at the bridge over the Blue Ridge Road. With yesterday's water level that section (as viewed downstream from the bridge) didn't look at all feasible and difficult to line a boat down. We also paddled upstream from the Cheney outlet until we got to a long, fairly straight section of rapids with very shallow water. From there we waded upstream for a while but not close enough to the road to see or hear it over the sound of the water.
Lester flow was idyllic. Reminded us a lot of Alder Bed Flow on the middle branch of the Oswegatchie.
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Btw, I was wondering if you put in at the bridge over the Blue Ridge Road. With yesterday's water level that section (as viewed downstream from the bridge) didn't look at all feasible and difficult to line a boat down. We also paddled upstream from the Cheney outlet until we got to a long, fairly straight section of rapids with very shallow water. From there we waded upstream for a while but not close enough to the road to see or hear it over the sound of the water.
Lester flow was idyllic. Reminded us a lot of Alder Bed Flow on the middle branch of the Oswegatchie.

Not at the Blue Ridge Rd bridge...we started at Cheney, same as you, but 1st we spotted a car at the Rt 28N bridge. After Lester Dam (or the remains thereof) we were quite committed. No trails, no roads, no herd paths. Either make it to Rt 28N or try to struggle back to the dam.

MDB and I worked our way upstream on the Boreas almost to the Blue Ridge Road from Cheney's outlet...hard to believe I'm saying this, but it's not worth the effort!
There's 2 bony stretches with very little navigable stuff in between.

My pics going downstream on the flow and beyond Lester Dam:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/AquJgZQ7rSKuZkoY9
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boreas river

I think I see some nice spots to hike in and take my fly rod in the spring and early summer next year!
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The road is no sweat. A guy drove it with his Honda Civic, no problems.
We loved the pond and especially enjoyed the Boreas River, which we explored south as far as what I took to be the dam. Ie. a row of boards placed side by side sticking up.
Wow for the Civic. I thought Id sneak down ther this morning in the CRV and smacked the bottom twice and turned around...
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Wow for the Civic. I thought I’d sneak down ther this morning in the CRV and smacked the bottom twice and turned around...
Well, you can't drive it at 45 mph!!
My Honda Element is the same vehicle as your CRV, underneath, that is. Just pick your path and go slow...shouldn't be a problem. Don't try to straddle large rocks, rather, put them under your wheels.

And Neil, is it soon yet? Where's those pics?
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Well, you can't drive it at 45 mph!!
My Honda Element is the same vehicle as your CRV, underneath, that is. Just pick your path and go slow...shouldn't be a problem. Don't try to straddle large rocks, rather, put them under your wheels.

And Neil, is it soon yet? Where's thise pics?
Was going slow and picking my way. Spent 2 nights in the MRP and picked my way back to the end of the road at Squaw Lake.

Will be back to Cheney. Thanks to the nice gent in a mini Jeep thing that backed up on my way back out.
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