The difference between good water and bad water

By Bob McNitt

Outdoors Writer

There’s the old saying that “if you get bucked off a horse, the best thing to do is to get right back on.” Following what has been some of the worst flood damage this area has seen in nearly a century, considering spending time around more water sounds a bit goofy. But to my way of thinking, there’s “good water” and “bad water” and what we have just endured certainly typifies the latter. Just don’t allow that to prejudice you against the former, as summertime and being around “good water” go together like ham and eggs.

Since it’s going to be quite some time before our local waterways drop to safe and fishable or floatable levels, and we clean up the debris caused by the flooding, give some thought to eventually escaping the fresh memories of the mess with a trip to a “good water.” And one of the best I know of lies nestled far back in the sprawling forests and swales of the eastern Adirondacks, about midway between Long and Tupper Lakes. A few miles west of Rte. 30 is a unique adventure opportunity, the Bog River Flow.

Primarily spring-fed, the watershed doesn’t look like much on its easternmost end where it empties into the southern tip of Tupper Lake, but travel west and upstream, beyond the first dam, and it takes on a whole new personality. Go even further, portaging around the second and final dam, and you’re literally in a whole new world called Lows Lake. Reach the westernmost end of Lows and you’re roughly 12 miles from the lower dam and the launch for canoes. If you don’t own a canoe, rentals are available in both Long Lake and Tupper.

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