The Colton Museum on Main Street, which houses the Stone Valley Information Center, is open through Labor Day.
With assistance from Colton-Pierrepont Central School students, members of the Colton-Pierrepont Senior Racqueteers, and volunteers on the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee the information center is staffed from 10 am to 2 pm every day.
Wall displays and information racks provide lots of information about things to do, see, and experience in town and the area including the Stone Valley Cooperative Recreation Area (SVCRA). Stone Valley is a popular destination for a mix of users including hikers who are on the trails all seasons of the year and whitewater kayakers who paddle the river. The SVCRA includes many miles of trails on land owned by Brookfield Renewable, St. Lawrence County, and the Town of Colton.
Trails on both sides of the river are open for people to hike and bike, explore history, study nature and geology, and just enjoy being outdoors. Free brochures about Stone Valley including a map of the entire Recreation Area are available, thanks to the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club and Brookfield Renewable as SVCRA partners.
During the summer six water releases in the Stone Valley section of the Raquette River are typically scheduled by Brookfield Renewable in coordination with American Whitewater to provide predictable conditions for expert-level kayakers to paddle the river. The last four releases this summer are scheduled for August 4 and 18 and September 1 and 3. On release days, weather permitting, the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee will have an information tent set up and staffed by volunteers near the main trailhead at the end of Riverside Drive.
Staffing of the Stone Valley Information Center allows visitors to tour the Museum and see permanent displays as well as temporary exhibits without having to make an appointment. Earlier this year the Colton Historical Society, which operates the Museum for the town, spiffed up some of its permanent displays about the town and river.
Through Labor Day it also is displaying the traveling exhibit produced by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) about hydroelectric dam building on the Raquette River along with some related artifacts and folk art. The associated Raquette River Dam Stories exhibit catalog titled “Look Down, You’ll See our Tracks” is available to purchase for $5. It highlights stories and photos from people working on and affected by the building of dams. Other products about the town and river including tee shirts, note cards, DVDs, books, and more also are available to purchase for reasonable prices.
For more information about the summer schedule of activities check the town’s website.
Photo of Jim Hourihan with Tin Man provided.