Malone Telegram

DUANE –– Boaters will have greater access to Meacham Lake following the opening of a new, larger –– and somewhat controversial –– boat launch at the state campground there Thursday.

The new launch at Meacham Lake, which cost roughly $1.2 million, is one of several being installed statewide as a result of the governor’s initiative.

The old boat launch will remain accessible to kayaks and other small craft free of charge.

The new area features 21 new parking spots for cars and boat trailers, and complies with ADA guidelines for handicapped accessibility.

Boat launch stewards from Paul Smiths College’s Adirondack Watershed Institute will inspect boats, trailers, and other equipment to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

“A couple” campsites had to be removed to accommodate the new facility, according to Stegemann.

“The road’s been improved, that’s a big plus,” said Stegemann in response to the concerns about traffic.

Several local officials praised the upgrade, saying it will bring increased tourism to the rural community.

“Franklin County is very excited about the new boat launch at Meacham Lake,” said Barbara Rice, chairwoman of the Franklin County Board of Legislators. “The increased tourism from this attraction will provide economic benefits to both Franklin County and Town of Duane.”

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