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Old 03-19-2016, 08:10 PM   #41
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So will they be removing the gooley club buildings?
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:22 PM   #42
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Thanks for all the info; I would be interested in how far a carry it would be back to Pine Lake. From your map, it looks like about twice the distance from the parking lot to Clear Lake, to get to Pine Lake. I'd be carrying a canoe, but 4 miles is about my previous limit. Thanks
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From the barrier on Chain Lakes Rd to the big bend on the Cedar is about 4.5 miles of easy walking. From there to Pine Lake is about another mile.
As long as your boat is light and your gear not too heavy, it could be doable even for an old man like me!
You could also come in from the north, paddling most of the way. Travel through the Chain Lakes to the Chain Drain, to the confluence with the Rock River. Downstream on the Rock to the Cedar River confluence, down the Cedar just a little bit to the island. From there it's just 0.1 mile up and over the ridge to Pine Lake. The current is slack on both the Rock and Cedar in those sections. Total carry distances would be around 1 mile, split up with most of it at the Chain Lakes.

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So will they be removing the gooley club buildings?
Eventually...some of the buildings from the Outer Gooley Club are already gone.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:43 PM   #43
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Agreed!
Thanks JW.
Weavertown Country Store near the junction of 8 & 28 has great sandwiches, and is one of the best small town country stores you will visit in the Adirondacks!

Since this thread has been renewed, I should add that I drove through Weavertown this weekend and noticed that this store was no longer open, and has a "For Rent" sign in the window.

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Old 03-20-2016, 06:48 PM   #44
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So will they be removing the gooley club buildings?
Last I heard on that can be found here:
http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/20...-comments.html
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Old 03-21-2016, 04:36 AM   #45
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Last I heard on that can be found here:
http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/20...-comments.html
Thanks, that was some very interesting reading...
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:06 PM   #46
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I stayed there way back when...

I stayed at Pine Lake many years ago, back in the late '80's.

Helm's airplane service from Long Lake would fly in campers, hikers and hunters. He had a few canoes there that you could rent for a nominal fee.

I took two young nephews in once which was a real thrill for them. The other time was with a few childhood friends for a weekend. This was a maiden airplane voyage for one them. He sat on a cooler.

I wouldn't say the sites were as trashed back then as pictured above but catered to a rustic hunters camp, not a Leave No Trace site.
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:43 PM   #47
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I also flew into Pine around 1988 with Herb Helms. As I remember both camp sites at the end of the lake (opposite end from the Gooley club) were clean with the exception of a couple poles and some firewood at what I called the hunters site. I was told that the land around most of the rest of the lake was off limits. I paddled the whole shore line a couple times and found no trash, seen no people, & caught no fish. I spent 5 wonderful days alone there with the exception of a couple angry beavers and two curious loons. Good memories ! ☺️
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:09 AM   #48
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Justin, do remember approximately how far it was from the parking area up to the cedar river? Thanks, john
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:17 AM   #49
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Justin, do remember approximately how far it was from the parking area up to the cedar river? Thanks, john
I don’t really remember but off hand I’d say it was about 3-4 miles, but I believe you can now park by the old outer Gooley Club cabin which shortens the distance by a mile or so.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:33 AM   #51
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I just checked the distance tool on Caltopo and it said about 3.6 miles from the cabin to the Cedar River crossing as the crow flies give or take.
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Planning a through trip, John?
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:37 AM   #53
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Gave it some serious thought Mike, but the shuttle is way to inconvenient and the walk out seems to long . Supposed to be a paddling trip not hike!
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Get a Hornbeck! You'll have enough energy left over for the walk out and the shuttle
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Gave it some serious thought Mike, but the shuttle is way to inconvenient and the walk out seems to long . Supposed to be a paddling trip not hike!
Well, the shuttle could be managed by a few, uhm, motivated paddling buddies.
The walk is kinda long but entirely wheelable at both ends.
I'm still thinking a split group, one each starting at the Chain Lakes and the Cedar River (at the big bend) would work well. Maybe a night camping together midway, and a car key swap. I figure Pine Lake would be a good midway point.
Yeah, that's the ticket.
Unfortunately for me, my paddling/camping season is over before it even began this year. But there's always next year...
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As I'm marching through my 60s every additional year is a little harder to go the same distances at the same speed. As far as swapping keys, it sounds good in theory but what if someone changes the plan mid stream so to speak?
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Beaver, if you do the shuttle for us, we could make the trip through the chain drain, rock and cedar rivers and carry down to chain lakes road by mid afternoon.
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As I'm marching through my 60s every additional year is a little harder to go the same distances at the same speed. As far as swapping keys, it sounds good in theory but what if someone changes the plan mid stream so to speak?
Jamie,
You're marching through your 60's?
I think I'm sprinting through them!! Man the time goes faster every year.

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Beaver, if you do the shuttle for us, we could make the trip through the chain drain, rock and cedar rivers and carry down to chain lakes road by mid afternoon.
John,
I checked my GPS track from that day..
You're right (even if you're joking), all the way through and out could be a day trip. We took a little less than 4 hours to reach the confluence of the Rock and Cedar...a little over 6 miles one way.
Day tripping with empty boats is pretty easy.
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Clearly more scouting needs to be done before one of you old farts gets brave enough.
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The profound reality that I better just pace myself stops working is a very sobering reality to face, one we All have to deal with, your time just hasn't come!
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