NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) - The Essex Chain of lakes near Newcomb in the central Adirondacks is now open to the public for the first time in more than 100 years.
The 11,600-acre Essex Chain tract is part of the 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn timberland Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed in August 2012 to acquire from the Nature Conservancy over the course of five years.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has developed an interim access plan while a formal process is going on to determine whether motorized access will be allowed. For now, no motors are allowed.
It's likely to become a prime paddling destination. Kayakers and canoeists can now carry or cart their boats a quarter-mile from a parking area to the first lake in a chain of seven.
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