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Dresden Supervisor George Gang hopes that working with the Blueway Canal Group can help bring more tourists to Dresden.

Gang met with the group in Whitehall recently to discuss plans regarding Chubb’s Dock on Lake Champlain in the town of Dresden. The dock, Gang said, was owned by his family and is on a town-owned road, but it has been turned over to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“It’s a good place to go kayaking and canoeing,” Gang said. “(The Blueway Group) might be able to put up a sign telling people that Chubb’s Dock is a place they can launch their canoe or kayak. The goal is absolutely to bring in more tourism.”

According to Dresden Town Board meeting minutes, the Blueway plans on “setting up an informational board explaining historical sites and places of interest along the trail.” Officials hope to get Chubbs Dock included on that board.

Gang said he is in communication with DEC officials regarding the dock and he hopes some progress can be made on the matter soon.

“We’re talking with DEC to see what we can do with it,” he said.

DEC owns the property and Friends of the Washington County IBA lists the property on the website as a location for “prime wildlife viewing amidst scenic views of the lake and surrounding shores.”

According to the IBA, the location plays home to many different types of birds, including “Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Kingfisher, Bald Eagle and Osprey.”

Currently the land is considered part of the Adirondack Park Preserve, as Dresden is one of the southernmost towns in the Adirondack Park. The state purchased that property in 2012, as a part of a 156 acre addition of wetlands to the Adirondack Park Preserve.

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