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Old 09-18-2015, 02:52 PM   #1
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Lake Lila 9/14 - 9/17

Spent a few great days on Lake Lila this past week:

Monday 9/14: Under cloudy skies and a typical Adirondack breeze we hit the water shortly after noon. After a choppy paddle out we took spot # 21, Spruce Island. Almost on cue the sun broke through the clouds shortly after we got camp set up, a sign of things to come for the next few days. Spent the rest of the day paddling out near Shingle Shanty and checking out some of the other camp sights, fighting a stiff breeze all along the way. Picked up some garbage that was left at spot # 18 (a leftover bag of charcoal and a cardboard food container). Breezy night but clear skies and a new moon made for great star viewing at the point on Spruce.

Tuesday 9/15: Early morning fog covered the lake, which quickly burnt off as the sun came up. Paddled through the fog to fish around the islands before heading out to hike Mt. Frederica mid-morning. After lunch on top of the mountain we spent the rest of the day paddling the north side of the lake, fishing our way back towards Spruce Island. Minimal wind throughout the day and another clear night, with the crescent moon making a brief appearance at sunset.

Wednesday, 9/16: Weather-wise a near repeat of Tuesday, with the only difference being less wind (none) and warmer temps. Spent the first half of the day exploring Shingle Shanty before paddling back out past the point at Spot 20 and towards the east/southeast part of the lake. After a quick swim to cool off we headed out near Big Snell Island and fished our way back to Spruce where we took some relief from the heat in the shade of our campsite. While not nearly as clear as the first two nights it was yet another great sunset and a calm night.

Thursday, 9/17: After some early morning fishing we broke down camp and took a leisurely paddle out via the east/southeast part of the lake, cutting back over at Little Snell Island to reach the carry path. Conditions were again clear and calm, with no wind at all as we headed off the lake.

All in all another great experience at Lake Lila, a spot we've camped at 9 or 10 times over the past 15 years (with trips to Little Tupper Lake, Round Lake and Rock Pond as well). The smallmouth bass action was very good and the eagle, loon and blue heron activity was great, with numerous sightings each day. It was, however, quite noticeable how much pressure the area gets as we saw countless trees that were clearly cut in close proximity to the camp sites, where it appears minimal to no effort was made to find downed and dead wood that Mother Nature had left behind. As campers who enjoy a nice campfire (both to cook with and to keep warm on cold nights) it was disappointing to see the impact from visitors who don't want to spend the effort to find the downed and dead wood. This follows up a trip to Rock Pond last year where the Island site was left with a decent amount of trash (arrows, targets, paper/cardboard, etc.) By no means am I looking to start the camp fire debate. I'm just being hopeful that this trip report will make the next group of campers stop before cutting down trees and instead take the extra (minimal) effort to find what's already down and dead.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:04 AM   #2
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Love the photos, esp. the one of the two paddlers in early morning mist.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:01 AM   #3
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Thanks. You had some great pictures from your trip out and around Little Tupper Lake, too. Amazing how calm it was for the first half of the week.
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