Monday, January 14, 2013

The Fulton Chain

The Fulton Chain of lakes sits just to the southeast of Woodcraft. As the bird flies, it is just about a mile and a half from the Main Area to Third Lake. Every Wednesday, Woodcrafters take a day trips to near by mountains -- Bald, Black Bear, Rocky -- which provide spectacular views of the lower portion of the chain. Campers also use the Fulton Chain for multi-day canoe trips. The older divisions often paddle the entire chain en route to Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Forked Lake, or even Tupper Lake. These trips parallel much of the Adirondack Canoe Classic. The younger divisions paddle to the islands on Seventh and Eighth Lakes for overnights trips.

Fourth Lake looking east at sunrise from the top of Bald Mountain. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia user, Elizgoiri.
The Fulton Chain is actually the upper portion of the Middle Branch of the Moose River. The dam at Old Forge Pond was built in 1798 and holds back 6.8 billion gallons of water. A canoeist can paddle the length of the chain with portages between Fifth and Sixth Lakes and Seventh and Eighth Lakes.

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