Here is the latest plan as of today, July 28th.
Some people are planning on going up Thursday, hopefully to secure a large area where everyone can camp together or at least within eye shot of each other. Post if you want to camp...it's free.
We are planning a paddle on Friday at noon at Abanakee Lake which you will past right by just before Indian Lake area. The main event is a paddle on the Cedar River Flow at noon on Saturday, followed by a pot luck dinner. After dinner, we are going to have a Show N Tell, so be ready to share your favorite camping stuff or apps!
There is no cell service once you enter the road into Cedar River Flow/Moose River Plains however there is a check in cabin at Wakeley Dam where messages will be left if you think you are lost or arrive when we are out. Remember all the sites are free but they have no showers but there should be outhouses. The entrance to Wakeley Dam/Cedar River Flow is about a mile past the Stewart's in Indian Lake on the left side. 12 mile dirt road to the Wakeley Dam.
We will help newbies at camping, but ask questions beforehand...this is not a place to show up unprepared.
Life preservers required, whistles, rope for towing, dry bags ON BOARD for unexpected rollovers. I will be asking people to sign in and sign out no matter what day or time they come. Also, be prepared at that time to leave your full name, address, phone number and emergency contact information.
KNOW the rules on firewood?
By transporting firewood, you could be spreading diseases and invasive insects that can quickly kill large numbers of trees. Help STOP THE SPREAD and obey the Firewood Regulation:
It is best to leave all firewood at home - please do not bring it to campgrounds or parks.
Get your firewood at the campground or from a local vendor - ask for a receipt or label that has the firewood's local source.
If you choose to transport firewood within New York State:
It must have a receipt or label that has the firewood's source and it must remain within 50 miles of that source.
For firewood not purchased (i.e. cut from your own property) you must have a Self-Issued Certificate of Origin (PDF, 14.5 kb), and it must be sourced within 50 miles of your destination.
Only firewood labeled as meeting New York's heat treatment standards to kill pests (kiln-dried) may be transported into the state and further than 50 miles from the firewood's source. Acceptable firewood heat treatment must raise the core temperature of the firewood to 71 degrees C, or 160 degrees F, and hold it there for at least 75 minutes. Most "kiln-drying" processes that reduce the moisture content to less than 18% achieve this sterilization standard.
For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions for Firewood Regulation. For additional questions regarding this regulation, please call this toll-free number:[masked] or e-mail: [masked].
Thanks to Barb E. for the following map. Go to the link for a larger view at http://andyarthur.org/new-york-state/adirondacks/moose-river-plains/map-cedar-river-flow-2.html
I first paddled here in 2012 and it was love at first sight! How can you not want to go there after looking at these pictures????
"Indian Lake is the scene you should make in the Summertime..."
All I know is that the town of Indian Lake has a Stewart's, a very cool hardware store and an excellent Mexican restaurant. We will be 12 miles into the wilderness from Indian Lake.
Deep in the heart of the Adirondacks, the skies are black at night...no lights from any city.
The plan will be for a weekend trip with camping/hoteling on Fri and Sat night with a paddle on Sat at noon on Cedar River Flow at Wakely Dam. People can do day trips or the whole weekend. Other paddles will most likely be scheduled.
If we are lucky, we might secure a camping area right on the Cedar River Flow like last year.