For more than a century, paddlers traveling between Utowana and Raquette lakes have used a trail known as the Marion River Carry — a canoe and kayak portage around rapids in the Marion River to Utowana Lake.
The Marion River Carry is one of the Adirondack's most well-traveled water recreation routes and serves as an important link in one of the Adirondack Park’s most popular canoe routes.
Saving the day
One day, it was announced that the owner of the carry had plans to build several homes along Utowana Lake, a move that would limit access to the carry. As word spread, nearby residents and outdoor enthusiasts objected strongly.