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Newcomb Sportsmen’s Club celebrates anniversary

Club life has changed dramatically since 1952

Newcomb Sportsmen’s Club members enjoy a picnic at the Newcomb town beach Aug. 17.

Newcomb Sportsmen’s Club members enjoy a picnic at the Newcomb town beach Aug. 17.

— Kayaking, bird watching and hiking are now just as popular as hunting and fishing.

“A lot of clubs lost memberships because they didn’t open it up to more recreational uses like snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hiking and kayaking and taking in women members. We’ve done that,” Novak said.

There are about 80 full paying members in the Newcomb Sportsmen’s Club, not including a couple dozen honorary members and two military members. And members don’t have to live in Newcomb.

“In fact, there are very few members from Newcomb,” Novak said. “We have a lot of people from downstate. Most people come from Albany and south.”

One plus is the proximity to Great Camp Santanoni, which is about a 2-mile hike from the club’s property line, as opposed to a 5-mile walk from State Route 28N. The club used to lease about 700 acres on the Hudson River side of the Tahawus road, but they recently lost that to state acquisition.

Club amenities

Many members construct camps or cabins on the Club property. Camping is allowed on the Club in designated areas. The club has 15 miles of roads and several miles of trails. All Club roads are available to hikers, bikers, equestrians and ATVs. In the winter, the roads are used by snowshoers, cross-country skiers and snowmobiles. Canoeing and boating are allowed on the waters of the Club. Club members can canoe any navigable stream such as the Hudson or Newcomb River. The Club also allows row boats and small boats with electric trolling motors on the Beaver Flow. A Club Lodge is available to members and their guests. Also, a day use area is provided on the shores of the Beaver Flow, complete with a picnic pavilion. The Club often holds meetings, open houses, and family events at the pavilion.

The Club sponsors an annual Family Day, when members are encouraged to bring their families for food and fun. Family Day includes a fishing derby, games and educational outdoor activities.

For more information, visit online at http://newcombsportsmensclub.com.

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