Lower Saranac hazard in Plattsburg

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  • #124
    Kalmia
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    There are two dangerous abandoned cables spanning the Saranac River at water level within the town of Plattsburg. The first is about two miles below the Imperial Mills dam. I think it is below the Rt 22 bridge (Catherine Street) and above the Saranac Street bridge. The second cable is above the Broad Street bridge, and visible as you look upstream from that bridge.

    Both cables seem to have at one time supported some sort of floating boom. Most of the floating material is now missing. At ~2200 cfs on the USGS gauge it is possible to paddle over the partially submerged cables as we did today. The cables may have been placed during contruction work along the river a few years ago.

    The cables are nearly invisible. They could easily entrap and drown a swimmer, a paddler, or a fisherman who slipped and took an inadvertent swim.

    Just above the upper cable on river right there is a poorly placed, poorly legible sign stating that the river is closed from that point to Green Street. I have written to the Mayor of Plattsburg ([email protected]) asking that the cables please be removed. – Kalmia

    #284
    Walter
    Keymaster

    The cables were a part of a river remediation project and have been removed for the 2014 paddle season. I floated through this area in May and the portage and cables are no longer in place.

    #286
    Kalmia
    Member

    Good news – thanks for the update! – K

    #285
    Walter
    Keymaster

    Just got word they are back up again. Looks like this will be a reoccurring event until possibly 2017. Here are two documents that explain what is going on further:
    Fact Sheet
    Article

    #287
    Kalmia
    Member

    I had a report this week from two paddlers on the Saranac River who encountered a hazardous unmarked cable as they approached Plattsburg. – K

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