The Tug Hill Plateau is home to the Maple Ridge Wind Farm, currently 120--and soon to be 195--windmills producing enough energy to power 300,000 homes. Sure the windmills are ugly, but the energy they produce helps free us from Arab oil, and the windmills are clean, renewable, virtually silent, and safe. Plus, local property owners receive $6,000 to $9,000 for each tower on their property and neighbors also share in the profits from this $380 million project.
Lowville (pronounced lau-ville, rhymes with How) is about 20 miles north of Boonville and has a population of about 3,500. Despite being smaller than Boonville, it boasts a large Kraft factory and a brand new WalMart along with numerous restaurants and the nearby windmill farm.
The Lewis County Fair has been held each year in Lowville since 1821.
We hunted in the area of Lowville in Feb 2006 and we had breakfast one morning at the Lighthouse Restaurant and Motel on Rt 12 (any idea of how many lighthouses are in Lowville?).
The Tug Hill Plateau sits aside Lake Ontario in upstate New York and is one of the snowiest places in America. It covers 160,000 acres at elevations up to 2,000 feet and often receives 200-500 inches of snow in a given year. Tug Hill Plateau offers superb snowmobiling over hundreds of miles of roads and trails. There is also excellent hunting, especially for deer and snowshoe hare.
Tug Hill Region
Tug Hill Snowmobiling
Tug Hill Plateau
Hare will shine again!" Famous words of a great NY hare hunter.
Tug Hill has numerous areas with good hare populations, especially at the northern end of the plateau near Copenhagen and Lowville.
Boonville's downtown is what downtown areas across the country should emulate. Very walkable, not too much traffic, and lots of restaurants and shops. Boonville's downtown area boasts several great restaurants that we tried during our stay including the Boonville Hotel, the Park House, and Slim's. We also had beers at the historic Hulbert House and the American Legion. There are lots of other restaurants and bars in this area as well as the Village Park.
About 20 miles to the east of Boonville is the Adirondack State Forest. This is the largest state forest in the US and it offers numerous things to do such as hunting, camping, snowmobiling, hiking, fishing, and animal watching.
Stretching 35 miles from the Erie Canal at Rome, NY, to Lyons Falls (originally known as High Falls), the Black River Canal formed the first major north/south transportation route in central New York. Construction began in 1839 and by the end, there were 109 locks, each measuring 15 feet wide by 90 feet long. The average change in elevation for each lock was about 10 feet, with the canal rising 693 feet from Rome to Boonville, then dropping another 386 feet to Lyons Falls. The canal was complete in 1856, but it was partially abandoned only 34 years later. It was officially closed in 1920 after a rail route was completed in the same area as the canal.
Today many of the locks are still visible along Rt 12 and Rt 46 near Boonville. In the immediate vicinity of Boonville, the canal's towpath is now a cross country ski trail and a jogging trail.