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Lows Lake, New York State

June 26, 2009

A loss of our water flying heritage


WaterFlying Magazine has published several stories over the past year about our on-going battles over seaplane access at New York state’s Lows Lake.  A large beautiful lake in the Adirondack’s, Lows Lake has been the battle ground with environmental groups intent on prohibiting seaplanes.  This is one we lost.  SPA member, John McDonald, shares his personal perspective on this great loss to the seaplane community. 

Here’s a 2009 photo of my 73 Cessna 180J seaplane on Low’s Lake in the Adirondack Park, New York, where I was camping and fishing with my 81 year old Dad. 


I have been flying into this remote lake to camp, canoe, and fish for over 20 years. This lake will soon become one of the many Adirondack lakes that will be closed to floatplane use, thanks to the Adirondack Park Agency, a radical preservationist zoning organization, and the New York State Department of Enviromental Conservation.

John McDonald  Lyons Falls, NY 13368

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2009 11:37 am

    Great post!

  2. Thomas Madden permalink
    July 8, 2009 9:15 pm

    The battle is lost, however the lake will not close to seaplanes until December 31, 2011. I’ve checked this out and am quite sure I am correct. I’ve read the actual court papers. One interesting part of the testimony of the groups seeking to close it reads as follows – “After a hard day of paddling it is very frustrating to arrive only to find that your campsite is taken because someone could afford to hire a floatplane to fly him in”. This is actually part of the pleading. What type of human excrement adopts an attitude like this? What do they teach their kids? In another twist, a fellow named Baker has just announced that he is filing a lawsuit on a federal complaint that restricting the lake to seaplanes is a violation of the American’s with Disabilities Act. The environmentalists are calling the lawsuit bogus because there are hardly any disabled people affeceted. Of course there are hardly any kayakers, but their rights cannot be compromised.

  3. stan barrows permalink
    January 3, 2010 1:52 pm

    To whom it may concern,
    I am sorry to here of your loss.Although not surprising! It won’t be long and we will all have to report to the DEC or the APA just to wipe our xxx! I only stumbeled upon this looking for a sea plane charter of some sort for a fishing trip with my family.Thought they my enjoy that.when will they stop taking are why of life ?


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