Deer River Flow and Horseshoe Pond Professional Review and Guide
"Paddling out in the shallow, tea-colored water, we felt transported to the time of nineteenth-century Adirondack guides. Ringed with spire-like conifers—tall tamarack, balsam fir, black and red spruce, northern white cedar, white pine—and gorgeous mountain views to the south and west, Deer River Flow retains a magical aura, even though Route 30 intrudes a little on its southern arm. The magic increased dramatically when we spotted a bald eagle nest with two nearly grown fledglings perched on side branches. Seeing four eagles at once made our paddle here superbly enjoyable. Bald eagles nested widely in the Adirondacks until done in by DDT poisoning and habitat destruction. Beginning in the late 1980s, they resumed nesting— the result of a massive reintroduction program that began in 1976. Even though we have seen many bald eagles in our intensive exploration of the state’s quiet waters, we still marvel at the grace and power of this remarkable bird. Awe inspiring is the only way to describe seeing one swoop down on powerful wing beats to snatch with its talons a fish from the water’s surface. Habitat type: shallow, marshy pond surrounded by boreal forest"