Niagara Gazette


September 29, 2013

Lake Placid, Empire State Shines for Outdoor Writers


Niagara Gazette — If you’ve never had the chance to spend any time in the Adirondacks, you need to make some time. There are so many hidden jewels in this six million acres state park, a favorite haunt of President Theodore Roosevelt. In fact, he was hunting in the Adirondacks when he actually became president – when McKinley was shot in Buffalo back in 1901. There is a storied history there. We’ll have more in future columns.

Fishing Platform Closed Weekdays

Earlier this month, it was announced that the New York Power Authority would be restricting some of the fishing in the Niagara Gorge around the Niagara Project – home to the popular fishing platform. Due to construction that was taking place, half of the parking lot in the lower section was to be closed off, as well as the stairs that lead to the shoreline of Devil’s Hole. Safety concerns were touted as the reasons for limiting access.

In addition, many of the fishermen were upset when the No. 1 generator was taken off line for some maintenance work. It’s not the first time that its happened and it won’t be the last. It’s one of the only times that they can perform said maintenance, so anglers will have to learn to be patient.

To make matters worse, though, an announcement from NYPA on Friday reported that the fishing platform will be closed weekdays starting Monday, Sept. 30 through the remainder of the fall fishing due to the major roadwork renovations underway along that south access road. It will only be open on the weekends. Again, safety reasons. 

Who can argue with that? The construction taking place will create a path from the upper lot to the lower lot and fishing platform that will be off the road, which can be quite busy. And in the scheme of things, we’re talking about one of the largest hydroelectric power generation facilities in the world versus some recreational fishing.

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