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Watershed Stories

Keep up with the work of Ausable River Association staff. These stories share information about our stewardship and monitoring work, natural stream restoration, and culvert replacement techniques by highlighting specific projects in the Ausable and Boquet River watersheds of northern New York. They also give you fun facts about the plants and wildlife that live in these watersheds, as well as tips for enjoying responsible, low-impact recreational opportunities.

Feb
03
2021
Best Cross-Country Skiing Near Lake Placid
One of the best ways to enjoy Adirondack winter months is cross-country (nordic) skiing. Even with a small amount of snow, you can take advantage of the exercise benefits and pure fun of gliding across perfectly formed ski tracks. One of the biggest challenges of nordic skiing near Lake Placid is deciding where to go. Wonder no more! Here are our picks for the best cross-country skiing in the Lake Placid area.
Recreation
Jan
22
2021
Explore the Watershed: Ausable Point in Winter
Get out and explore the watershed! There’s so much to explore along the Ausable River. If you and your housemates are feeling cabin fever or just want a change of scenery, pack a lunch and a thermos of hot cocoa and take a ride along the river. One adventure may take you to Jay, another to Keene Valley. An excellent option is following the river to its mouth! State land at the confluence of the Ausable River and Lake Champlain provides ample access to get out and stretch your legs. The Ausable Point Campground adjoins the Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
Recreation
Jan
13
2021
Living a Land Ethic
How does trash end up in natural places, and what does it take to change people's backcountry ethics and behavior?
Recreation
Dec
24
2020
Protecting Infrastructure
AsRA responds to an emergency in the Town of Keene.
Restoration
Nov
26
2020
Food webs along the river continuum: Headwaters
At the Ausable River Association, our ecological studies of the river most often focus on two ecosystems: the forest, or riparian, ecosystem and the stream ecosystem. In the stream or river ecosystem, we work to understand which groupings of fish species live where and the myriad species of insects they depend upon as a primary food source.
Ecology
Nov
19
2020
2020 Stream Restoration Site Tour
Each year we host a stream restoration site tour for our board of directors and lead business partners and donors. This November, participants braved cool weather and a light drizzle to visit two of our completed 2020 projects and learn about what's in store for next year.
Restoration
Oct
29
2020
Best Fly Rod for the Ausable River
Open season for trout may have ended in New York on October 15 but catch and release stays open year-round on portions of the West Branch Ausable River. Even in the fall, anglers travel to fish the seven miles of river considered some of the best fishing in the eastern United States. Here are some tips for narrowing in on the best fly rod for the Ausable River.
Recreation
Oct
22
2020
A Successful Guided River Tour Season
Ausable River Association staff and expert naturalists lead a series of eight Guided River Tours this season. Funded primarily by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the goal of the program is to educate and inspire responsible stewardship. Read more about what this year's participants learned.
Stewardship
Oct
14
2020
Partnerships for Freshwater Protection
Learn about the partnership between the Ausable River Association (AsRA) and Dr. Kevin Rose and his lab group from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to deploy a new high-frequency sensor array in Mirror Lake.
Limnology
Oct
01
2020
Best Flies for the Ausable River
The West Branch Ausable River is one of the premier fly fishing destinations on the east coast. On opening day for fishing in the Adirondacks, you find novice and expert anglers alike walking the scenic shoreline and wading the pristine waters of the Ausable as they eagerly await their first trout of the season. To get you ready for your next fly fishing adventure, here are our picks for the best flies for the Ausable River.
Recreation

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