In the Adirondack Region of Northern New York spring is a time of transformation, when the days lengthen and ice and snow melt into rushing whitewater on the Hudson River, and migratory instincts kick in for boreal birds flocking home to the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. This spring, go fishing for trout and salmon when the season opens on April 1, and experience the wilderness that redefines what it means to be "Forever Wild."
Home to more than 3,000 lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, it's impossible to escape the melodic sound of water as it cascades, flows and meanders across the Adirondack Region. In spring, melting ice and snow flow from high in the mountains to streams and rivers below, creating ideal conditions for the East Coast's "Big Water" rafting season. From early April through late May, go whitewater rafting on the Hudson River's Class IV and V rapids to experience one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the United States.
The Adirondacks are known for their abundance of migrating warblers in breeding plumage. Join birders from around the world for annual Adirondack birding festivals celebrating the return of native boreal species to their Adirondack habitats, and look for Bicknell's Thrush, Black Backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, Grey Jays and many more. Adirondack hiking trails and paddling routes, particularly in remote regions of the park, offer ideal paths for boreal bird watching.