Reader Madis S. writes in:
The NY DEC is opening up Perch Lake area, about 10 miles north of Watertown (close to Canadian border), to the public for two weeks beginning August 16. It is estimated that there are over a 100 earthen mounds 20 to 40 feet in diameter with the berm 2-4 feet high. Archaeologist’s have determined that burning took place in the center of the mounds but have found no other artifacts of activity or living. They have determined the mounds were constructed during the mid-Woodland period about 1,000 to 2,000 years ago.
This is an excellent opportunity to explore an area with mounds still in tact that have been fairly un-disturbed. The area is closed to the public most of the year because it is one of the major flyways in the northeast and has lots of waterfowl, as well as eagles. It is noted for its exceptional ability to observe migratory wildlife.
We don’t know why they were created or what their purpose was. I hope to learn.Since I have never been there before I feel it inappropriate to lead a group at this time. I am hoping to get up there early next week. I suggest you take advantage of this excellent opportunity to explore this unique area.
Make sure to bring boots and be prepared to deal with underbrush.
Wetlands open to public for 16 day period
Updated: 08/08/2008 01:13 PM
By: Web Staff NORTHERN NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The DEC is providing a special opportunity for people to visit the wetlands. Portions of the wildlife management areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties will be open during a 16-day period. They include all of the wetlands in the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Area and Perch River Wildlife Management area.
For most of the year the wetlands are off limits to the public to provide feeding and resting areas for migratory waterfowl. The restricted areas are home to a number of New York State's endangered, threatened and rare species including the bald eagle.
From Saturday August 16th through Sunday August 31st the areas will be open to the public. For more information call (315) 785-2261.
Dec Map of Perch River area: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/