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Chain Lakes off limits

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Updated: 6:53 PM

Dear Editor,

I just received my copy of the Aug. 20-26 Hamilton County Express.

In reference to the article “Essex Chain Draft UMP to be Revised,” releasing the information on a proposed snowmobile trail from Indian Lake to Newcomb, I am so happy for all of the snowmobile enthusiasts. I know if passed, it would be a much needed boost to the economy.

Snowmobilers have succeeded in at least getting a revision proposed. Growing up in the Town of Indian Lake, and having many relatives and friends there who are snowmobilers, I am very pleased with the revision.

However, after leaving Indian Lake 53 years ago, I still call Indian Lake my hometown. As many of you know, my great-grandfather, Arvin Hutchins, built and owned a resort on Third Lake of the Essex Chain, from 1892 through 1910. I have fished First Lake and Pine Lake since I was five years old. This would total 66 years of fishing these lakes, and 122 years of personal connections to that area.

Therefore, I do have questions for the DEC and the Adirondack Park Agency.

What has this Management Plan done for the fishermen? How are we to continue fishing these lakes without having to carry supplies and boats? Many of us are too old and physically incapable of such a trek, but would still enjoy fishing these lakes. Is there a revision planned for the travel of fishermen to and from First Lake and Pine Lake?

We too enjoy a sport as do the snowmobilers. I believe the more fishing opportunities opened to the public in the Essex Chain area would boost the economy as well. If you are building a bridge for snowmobiles, why not make it big enough for vehicles?

Any reasonable answers would be appreciated.

Arnold W. DeMarsh

Newark, NY


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