The gate on the access road leading to the Bog River Dam, also known as Lows Lake Lower Dam, in the town of Piercefield, St. Lawrence County, closed December 6th, to allow for construction to maintain the Adirondack dam.
According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the project is necessary to bring the dam into compliance with New York State dam safety regulations. Construction activities will affect recreational users of the Horseshoe Lake, Hitchins Pond, and Lows Lake areas, including the car-top boat launch and parking area at the Lower Dam.
The river access and parking area at Lows Lower Dam, located near the end of State Highway 421, closed beginning December 6th, and the road will remain closed for the duration of the construction project. Construction activities may take place seven days per week and are expected to last at least through the 2023 field season.
The public is encouraged to seek alternative paddling destinations during the construction project. Alternative destinations for wilderness paddling and camping include Round Lake, Little Tupper Lake, Lake Lila, the St. Regis Canoe Area, and the Essex Chain of Lakes.
There are additional destinations throughout the Adirondacks for paddling associated with day use and non-wilderness camping. DEC’s paddling and places to go webpages feature information for those seeking alternative destinations.
Opportunities for recreational users set on accessing Hitchens Pond and/or Lows Lake during the construction period are limited. See DEC’s website for more information.
For any questions or concerns, contact Henry Dedrick, Supervising Forester at the DEC’s Potsdam sub-office at (315) 265-3090.
Photo of Lows Lake provided.