Adventures Around the
Great Sacandaga Lake

by Russell Dunn

184 pages
ISBN 0-9713069-5-8
6" x 9"
December 2002
Cover Price $14.95


An imaginative, historical, exciting, and often humorous ride through the region in the southern Adirondacks that was forever changed when a river valley was transformed into the twenty-nine mile long Sacandaga Lake.

One of the most spectacular engineering projects in New York State’s history was the creation of the Great Sacandaga Lake in 1930. The swift, indelible change to the geography of this southern Adirondack region is the spark that ignited the imagination of author Russell Dunn. His second home is on the Sacandaga at Diamond Point, where he is inspired to write of life on the lake and its unique past. History and imagination are just a part of this book, though, as he and his wife, Barbara, share their adventures hiking, canoeing, parachuting, skijaking, caving, white-water tubing, and scuba diving. His essays are creative, informative, and funny—they will inspire you to visit The Great Sacandaga Lake and experience it all for yourself! 

About half of the 58 essays have appeared in the Sacandaga Times, Adirondack Life, and Adirondac magazine while Mr. Dunn wrote the rest exclusively for this book. This personal, beautifully written account makes us realize why we love New York State and the Adirondacks so much.

What they’re saying about Adventures Around
the Great Sacandaga Lake


“Russell Dunn’s essays bring history and hilarity to Adventures Around the Great Sacandaga Lake. Dunn’s imagination flows freely when he writes about the ‘Sac’….”
-Albany Times Union

“By the time you finish this book, you will want seconds, another serving of Dunn’s writing about an engineering wonder and major tourist destination in the southern Adirondacks.”
-The Schenectady Gazette

“His short, enjoyable essays include history, ghosts, windstorms, hikes to nearby summits and waterfalls, and miscellaneous exploits (tubing, parachuting, and scuba diving, to name three). Together, they help us learn about a part of the Adirondacks not as well known as many, but just as storied.”
-Adirondac magazine

Adventures Around the Great Sacandaga Lake is a ‘must-have’ for any lover of the Great Sacandaga Lake area. It’s a gem of a book written from the perspective of a person who has a demonstrated dedication and respect for the ‘Sac’ and its surroundings.”
-New York State Conservationist magazine

About the Author

Russell Dunn has written numerous articles for the Sacandaga Times, Adirondack Life, Adirondac magazine, Kaatskill Life, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Northeastern Caver, Adirondack Explorer, and the National Speleological Society magazine. He is the foremost writer on regional waterfalls, and, along with his wife, Barbara Delaney, has conducted many waterfall hikes and presentations.