Stretching across the western shores of Lake Champlain in the shadow of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the Adirondack Coast offers unprecedented views, endless recreation and a central location. Lakeside villages, charming hamlets and the historic city of Plattsburgh dot the landscape. You'd never guess that Montreal, one of North America's most exciting and busiest cities, is just sixty miles away.
Soak up the rich history of a young American nation, or in the deep waters of Lake Champlain. Lose yourself in the open spaces of the Adirondacks or the quiet confines of an Adirondack chair. Discover amazing treasures in a chasm millions of years old or a unique shop on the quaint streets of downtown.
Here you can experience high adventure or total relaxation, often in the same afternoon, making us the ideal destination for your next vacation, conference or special event. Come and discover it for yourself.
The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the mainland United States with more than six million acres – about the same size as Vermont. A unique patchwork of public and private land, the park affords access to pristine wilderness and remote backcountry, while maintaining close proximity to all the comforts in nearby resort towns.
This region in northern New York contains more than 3,000 lakes and ponds and 2,000 miles of hiking trails - the nation's largest trail system with destinations ranging from mountain summits to isolated waterfalls and forest glades. In the winter months, enjoy world-class skiing and riding, as well as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skating, and dog sledding.
The Adirondacks are also New York’s tallest peaks – with 42 mountains reaching more than 4,000 feet. Known as the High Peaks, they spread over 1,200 square miles of the park’s northeast corner, including Mount Marcy, New York’s tallest mountain at 5,344 feet.
Located just 10 miles south of the Canadian border and 12 miles west of Chazy, the Town of Altona sits along the banks of the Great Chazy River.
Altona’s historic region was once home to various indigenous peoples. Archeological studies of the area have found that by 1300 CE, the St. Lawrence Iroquoians built fortified villages similar to those visited and described by explorer Jacques Cartier in the mid-16th century. In 1857, Altona was formed from part of the Town of Chazy.
Today, Altona is a rural community best known for its year-round, Adirondack outdoor recreation.
Explore historic Lewis Preserve, located just south of Altona. There, you can traverse abandoned farm fields and second growth forest, take a short, side trail to a group of Civil War-era charcoal kilns, and see the foundation of the original homestead and numerous old apple trees.
When the snow falls, Lewis Preserve’s multi-use nature trails offer incredible snowshoeing and cross country skiing opportunities. Race through Altona’s groomed snowmobile trails and view the Adirondack
Coast’s scenic, white landscapes in the winter months.
Several bluebird nest boxes have been erected on the nature trails, and three major streams run through Lewis Preserve’s site, providing top quality, Adirondack Coast fishing.
For more fishing opportunities in Altona, be sure to check out the Great Chazy River, which flows from nearby Miner Lake into beautiful Lake Champlain. The last 20-mile section of the Great Chazy River also allows you to experience a wide range of adventurous paddling.
Where the East and West branches of the Ausable River meet sits the small hamlet of Au Sable Forks. The hamlet is part of both Essex County (as part of Black Brook) and Clinton County (as part of Jay). Located centrally in the Ausable Valley, Ausable Forks is close to Wilmington, Jay, and Keeseville.
Since the Ausable River flows right through Au Sable Forks, the hamlet is recognized as great spot for anglers to visit. The river is renowned for its population of brown trout; rainbow trout are present in the river too. If you prefer to fish on a lake, Fern Lake is located a few miles northwest of the center of Au Sable Forks.
For outdoor enthusiasts, there's more to do in and around Au Sable Forks than just trout fishing. On the outskirts of Au Sable Forks is Taylor Pond Campground, which features a variety of recreational opportunities, including: picnicking, boating, hiking, and camping (primitive campsites and a few lean-tos).
From Taylor Pond Campground, you can access a 12-mile snowmobile trail that travels around Taylor Pond. In addition, there are nearby trails that lead to Catamount Mountain and Silver Lake/Silver Lake Mountain.
The hamlet has a few local eateries and places where you can purchase groceries and other goods. There are a few lodging options in Au Sable Forks, with more choices in neighboring communities such as Wilmington.
First settled around 1783, Beekmantown is home to several historic cemeteries where War of 1812 soldiers are buried. Beekmantown’s Culver Hill Historic Park, located on Route 22, serves as a constant reminder of the conflicts that took place there between U.S. and British troops during the
Built in 1858, Point au Roche Lighthouse is Beekmantown’s oldest monument. Although the privately owned lighthouse is not open to the public, the 50-foot tower can be seen from Point au Roche Road, just north of Mooney Bay.
Beekmantown’s scenic, open roads are great for biking the Adirondack Coast. Along Route 9, you can stop at Shield’s Vegetable Stand, as well as ELFS Farm Winery & Cidermill, which is one of six Lake Champlain wineries featured on the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail.
A great way to discover Beekmantown is by visiting its many recreational parks and trails. Enjoy a relaxing, half-mile walk or bike ride along the Heritage Trail, located at the west end of Spellman Road. Also, the nearby Beekmantown Recreation Park and Pavilion is a wonderful place for families to play and picnic.
Point au Roche State Park, nestled along the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain, offers an abundance of Adirondack outdoor sports and activities year-round, including hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, swimming, paddling, boating, fishing and much more.
Due to Beekmantown’s close proximity to Lake Champlain, the town is home to several boat launches and two full-service marinas, Mooney Bay Marina and Treadwell Bay Marina & Resort. Both Lake Champlain marinas offer outstanding restaurants, allowing boaters and cyclists to grab a quick bite to eat.
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About 35 miles southeast of Plattsburgh, you’ll stumble upon the quiet town of Black Brook, known for its many water recreation opportunities!
Take I-87 south, getting off at exit 34, and follow the Ausable River flowing through the southern portion of Black Brook, heading toward Lake Placid, NY. This scenic drive offers a stunning view of the season’s changing foliage from late summer to mid fall as travelers head deeper into the Adirondack Park.
Or, avoid the highway entirely and take the back roads along Black Brook’s northern border marked by the Saranac River, which flows into numerous quiet and welcoming bodies of water like Silver Lake, Taylor Pond, and Union Falls Pond – all offering scenic paddling, swimming, and even camping experiences from spring to fall. True adventures can enjoy this route by bike!
Explore Silver Lake Mountain’s open rock ledges on an easy 1.8-mile hiking trail, offering unprecedented views of Catamount and Whiteface Mountain as well as their surrounding lakes and ponds.
The most northeastern town in Clinton County, Champlain shares a border with Canada and lies on the Great Chazy River, just five miles west of Lake Champlain. The Champlain Port of Entry on Interstate 87 is one of the most
important commercial gateways on the northern border, connecting Quebec Autoroute 15 from Montreal to New York City.
The lake and the town were named in honor of Samuel de Champlain, who
first surveyed the area in 1609. A statue of Champlain can be found
next to historic St. Mary’s Church on Church Street. The
In 1789, Revolutionary War veteran Pliny Moore settled in Champlain
after being awarded land by the State of New York. In 1801, he built a
Federal-style frame house, which is now the M.B. Clark Funeral Home on
During the War of 1812, the U.S.-Canadian border became a revolving
door for American and British armies and militias. Moore’s house played a
key role in the military events, and he actively communicated with the
commanders on both sides of the conflict. In the spring of 1814,
prisoner-of-war negotiations took place here, as well as at Elias
Dewey’s house (Dewey’s Tavern), located on Prospect Street.
Agriculture is another major draw to Champlain, with poultry and
organic eggs being some of the main goods produced by local family
Paquette Public Park offers a wonderful view of the Great Chazy River,
and several new cycling paths are expected to be constructed throughout
Champlain also offers year-round outdoor activities. In the spring and summer months, you can enjoy golfing at the North Country Golf Club, as well as fishing on the river. Once the snow hits, you can cross country ski, snowshoe or snowmobile on Champlain’s recreational trails.
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Chazy's largely agricultural community is most known for its many Adirondack Coast farms, orchards, sugar shacks and vineyards. Chazy is even home to the world’s largest McIntosh apple orchard. The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail features several award-winning Chazy wineries, allowing you to travel on quiet roads that offer magnificent views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Another way to experience Chazy’s commitment to agriculture is by visiting the Heart’s Delight Farm Heritage Exhibit, located at Miner Institute on Miner Farm Road. The museum is a permanent tribute to William and Alice Miner and the beautiful farm they developed on the Miner family homestead, beginning in 1903.
The Alice T. Miner Colonial Collection, located on Route 9 in Chazy, also offers a wonderful glimpse into the region’s past. The museum, which opened in 1924 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, allows visitors to travel back in time through its 15 rooms filled with period furniture, paintings, military artifacts and much more.
A great way to discover Chazy is by walking or cycling along its scenic roads. In Chazy’s charming downtown, you can view historic homes along the Chazy River and enjoy recreational parks, unique shops and restaurants.
Lake Alice, located adjacent to Miner Institute, offers a wide variety of year-round, Adirondack outdoor activities. The Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area is used for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and birding.
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From Plattsburgh, travel east about 16 miles on NY 190’s scenic Military Turnpike and heading toward Malone you’ll arrive in the Town of Clinton, NY made up of several small but charming hamlets just along the Canadian border, like Ellenburg Center, Ellenburg Depot and Churubusco.
Though beautiful in whatever season, no passerby can deny the pure splendor of the Town of Clinton during the fall. With long expansive roads (great for cycling!), like Plank Road, Clinton Mills Road and Ellenburgh Center Road, travelers can fully immerse themselves in the changing foliage, soaking in the vibrant yellow, orange and red hues whether by car or bike.
Amidst the flaming colors, travelers will also be able to view magnificent, sweeping white wind turbines peppered along the horizon, providing renewable energy throughout New York State. Travel all the way to Frontier Road at night and you might even be able to glimpse the
Spots like Lake Roxanne and the English River offer prime fishing access in a secluded, natural environment away from the hustle and bustle of more heavily populated towns in the area.
In Clinton’s Churubusco hamlet – named after the Battle of Churubusco during the Mexican-American War (just one small piece of our diverse history!) – visitors will find the town’s most popular tourist attraction: Dick’s Country Store and Music Oasis… also known more bluntly as “Gas, Groceries, Guitars, and Guns”.
Music enthusiasts come from far and wide to explore the area’s largest selection of stringed instruments. Local bluegrass legends The Gibson Brothers are known to frequent the shop, and Matt Damon even made an appearance once!
PHOTO: Family owned and operated since 1962, Dick’s offers shoppers more than 1,000 firearms, over 800 guitars, premium fuel and whatever other conveniences you might need as you continue your journey across the Adirondack Coast.
The Clinton Correctional Facility, which opened in 1845 with the mandate for inmates to work an iron ore mine owned by the state, is the center of Dannemora. The mining experiment ended in 1877 and the wall was built. For over a century, the facility has played an intricate role in the lives of many local families and for the judicial system in New York State.
Just east are the gothic buildings of Clinton Annex, which opened in 1899 as the Dannemora State Hospital for inmates who were declared insane after trial. Closed in 1972, it is now a separate correctional facility.
The Adirondack Mountains, lakes and forests surrounding Dannemora all offer magnificent scenery and a wide range of year-round Adirondack Coast outdoor sports and recreation.
Explore Chazy Lake, located 5 miles west of Dannemora. There, you can enjoy a relaxing day of Adirondack Coast swimming, fishing and paddling at Chazy Lake Beach. The Chazy Lake Boat Launch, located off Route 374, provides easy access for boaters at the northwest end. Once the water freezes, ice fishing and snowmobiling on Chazy Lake become extremely popular activities.
In addition, a nearby, 3.5-mile hiking trail leads to the open summit of Lyon Mountain. Standing at 3,830 feet, Lyon Mountain dominates the western sky of the Adirondack Coast. The “international” view from the top of Lyon Mountain includes the skyline of Montreal, the Adirondack High Peaks, Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. It is a steep but rewarding climb to the open summit and its abandoned fire tower. Now classified as a “wild forest,” Lyon Mountain has long been a draw for backcountry skiers and snowshoers.
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Ellenburg has a population of 1743 as of the 2010 census. The town is on
the western side of the county and is located northwest of Plattsburgh,
NY. The south part of the town is in the Adirondack Park. Ellenburg is a
wonderful place to raise a family.
Established around 1812, the 19th-century industrial community of Keeseville is a national register district with 147 historic buildings and bridges. In addition, Keeseville is the birthplace of William Henry Jackson, an American painter, Civil War veteran, and explorer who achieved international fame for his photographs of the American frontier.
Ausable Chasm, located just outside of Keeseville, is one of the oldest attractions in North America. Discover the Chasm through adventure courses and nature trails with scenic vistas and waterfalls and enjoy an easy two-mile “float through nature” on a 12-person river raft or an inner tube. The Chasm also offers many other year-round Adirondack Coast activities, including camping, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
While at Ausable Chasm, be sure to visit the nearby North Star Underground Railroad Museum, which reveals the hidden history of the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad with poignant exhibits and compelling stories of
fugitive slaves who passed through northeastern NY on their way to freedom in Canada.
Experience Keeseville’s unique shops and restaurants, as well as enjoy relaxing strolls along the village’s quaint and scenic roads with their striking views of the Ausable River and the the Adirondack Mountains.
Ausable River, which runs through Keeseville and flows into Lake Champlain, offers great opportunities for Adirondack Coast fishing. Boaters and sailors can also take advantage of the Port Douglas Boat Launch, located on Route 16 in Keeseville.
Play a round of golf and dine at Harmony Golf Club & Community, located just 5 miles east of Keeseville. The club’s plush, green fairways are perched high on cliffs that overlook beautiful Lake Champlain.
For more outdoor, Adirondack Coast adventure, visit Wickham Marsh, located just east of Ausable Chasm. There, you can explore the extraordinary marsh habitat by foot or canoe, experience some of the finest bird watching in New York State and view a rare cedar plantation and an old homestead site.
Located just 15 minutes west of Rouses Point, Mooers sits on the banks of the Great Chazy River and shares a border with Canada.
First settled in 1796, the Town of Mooers is rich with history. During the American Civil War, many fugitive slaves passed through Mooers and several surrounding towns on their journey to Canada. Mooers’ North Star Road and Blackman Corners Road intersection now serves as a constant reminder of these individuals’ pursuit of freedom, as well as the region’s significant contributions during this difficult time in American history.
Another great way to experience Mooers is by visiting Stonehouse Vineyard, located on Blair Road. The winery, which is featured on the emerging Adirondack Coast Wine Trail, was the first family-owned winery licensed in Clinton County and produces both red and white wines, as well as a limited selection of fruit wines.
Mooers’ rural setting allows for plenty of year-round, Adirondack outdoor activities. In the warmer months, enjoy Adirondack Coast biking along Mooers’ scenic, open roads. When the temperature drops, Mooers’ recreational trails can be used for cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
Lazy Days Campsites, located on Lazy Days Lane, offers a family-friendly, six-hole golf course, shuffleboard, pedalboats and a four-acre pond. For a little adventure, hike Flat Rock Gulf and view “the gulf,” a spectacular geological formation with a deep, 100-foot vertical drop and a 2.5-acre glacial pond.
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Located just south of Plattsburgh, Peru is nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. Some early settlers thought the mountains surrounding the region resembled those of Peru, South America, hence the origin of the town’s name.
Peru has played a major role in U.S. history. Peru’s shorelines saw much activity during the French and Indian War, since Lake Champlain was the main north-south corridor for Native American, French and British armies. Benedict Arnold’s most important Revolutionary War naval engagement with the British at the Battle of Valcour on October 11, 1776, took place along the coast of Peru. In addition, the War of 1812 brought forth the Peru militia, who fired the first shots in the fierce Battle of Plattsburgh in September 1814.
In the early 1800s, harvesting timber became one of Peru's first major agricultural industries. A. Mason & Sons Lumber Mill thrived for nearly a century, from 1883 to 1972. Now the site of Heyworth/Mason Park on Mason Hill Road, the empty Heyworth/Mason building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only surviving remnant of the once busy mill. The Little Ausable River Trail, a 1.5-mile recreational path, begins here and leads to the entrance of Sullivan Park.
The Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum, located on River Road, depicts rural and farm life in the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks prior to the 1950s in an entertaining environment. Peru is also home to several orchards, offering summer fruits and vegetables, bakeries right on site, and gift shops with locally crafted ciders, jams, maple products and honey.
In the heart of Peru, you can find a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as view the Little Ausable River, which runs through the town. Little Ausable Park, located next to the historic Peru Community Church, offers a charming pond and gazebo and holds several small events throughout the year.
Ausable Point State Park offers beautiful sand beaches, views of historic Valcour Island and numerous family-fun activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, paddling and much more. Another way to discover Peru’s great outdoors is by exploring Ausable Marsh by foot or canoe. Its location along the Lake Champlain flyway offers some of the finest bird watching in New York State.
Valcour Island, located one mile offshore from Peru Dock, has long been a popular destination for recreational boaters and sailors, as protected bays and deep anchorages provide safe harbor. While there, be sure to hike the island’s many trails, as well as tour Bluff Point Lighthouse.
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The largest municipality in northern New York, Plattsburgh NY sits on the western shores of Lake Champlain just 25 miles south of the Canadian border.
Plattsburgh’s museums, monuments and historic homes are a constant reminder of the role the region has played in U.S. history. A battleground through three wars, Plattsburgh NY is truly a community as old as America itself.
Nowhere is Plattsburgh’s long military history better celebrated than on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, which closed in 1994. Dating back to the early 1800s, Plattsburgh Air Force Base is the longest active military installation in the U.S. and offers a wonderful glimpse into the region's past.
In Plattsburgh's culturally-rich downtown, you can experience the Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh's unique shops, restaurants and nightlife hotspots, as well as historic City Hall. Designed by architect John Russell Pope, who also designed the National Archives and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., Plattsburgh City Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the lobby, you'll discover a 2,000-pound anchor recovered from Cumberland Bay in Lake Champlain. The 14-foot long artifact belonged to the British Flagship Confiance, which fought in the fierce Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812. Across the street from Plattsburgh City Hall, on the banks of the Saranac River, is the Macdonough Monument. Built in 1926, the monument commemorates the U.S. victory over the British on September 11, 1814, in the Battle of Plattsburgh lead by Commodore Thomas Macdonough.
A great way to discover Plattsburgh NY is by foot or bike. The Plattsburgh Heritage Trail and Riverwalk Park both reveal the rich history and magnificent views of Lake Champlain. Along the way, you'll see the Champlain Monument, a gift from France in 1909, celebrating the 300th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain sailing into the lake that now bears his name.
Plattsburgh events and festivals are held throughout the year, including the annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta & Festival, the Commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh and various small events. Plattsburgh also hosts world-renowned Lake Champlain bass fishing tournaments every year.
Plattsburgh’s recreational trails, parks and beaches all provide easy access to Lake Champlain. Because of the close proximity to Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh offers many outdoor water sports and activities, including fishing, boating and sailing, windsurfing, paddling and scuba diving.
Known as “The Northern Gateway,” Rouses Point sits on the western shores of Lake Champlain and shares a border with both Vermont and Quebec, Canada.
Founded in 1783, Rouses Point has ample history. From the Vermont Bridge, which connectsRouses Point to Alburgh, you can view 19th century Fort Montgomery, named after Revolutionary War hero General Richard Montgomery and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The D & H Roundhouse, located on Pratt Street, offers a wonderful glimpse into Rouses Point's past as a railroad village. Part of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad station, this roundhouse is the last of its kind on this railroad system and is in the process of being restored.
A great way to discover Rouses Point is by foot or bike. Travel Rouses Point’s “Rum Trail,” where rumrunners once crossed into Canada with contraband booze. In addition, you can sit and relax in recreational parks or Rouses Point's new Montgomery Pier, which offers a magnificent view of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Rouses Point offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation and water sports on Lake Champlain. You can take advantage of Rouses Point’s full-service marinas, as well as enjoy boating and sailing, swimming, fishing and paddling on Lake Champlain.
In the winter months, Rouses Point's close proximity to Canada, the Adirondack High Peaks and the Green Mountains provides easy access to world-class skiing and riding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. You can also visit the Rouses Point Civic Center for ice skating, hockey and a variety of events held throughout the year.
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Saranac was established in 1824 and, like its neighboring towns, it has much history. In Independence Cemetery, you can view the Civil War Soldiers Monument, which was erected in 1888 to honor Saranac’s Civil War soldiers, including the five men from the 16th NY who aided in capturing President Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
During the first half of the 19th-century, Saranac was well known for its high-quality iron, which was used in the construction of many Civil War ironclad warships. Other industries, such as timber and coal, were also important in Saranac’s early development but were replaced by
The Saranac River, which begins at the Saranac Lakes and flows into Lake Champlain at Plattsburgh, has been the focus of Saranac's life for more than 200 years. Today, the Saranac River offers great opportunities for Adirondack Coast fishing, as well as paddling with up to Class IV rapids.
Immerse yourself in Saranac’s local arts and culture scene by discovering Hill and Hollow Music, Inc. The award-winning chamber music organization achieved national recognition for featuring special events that combine historical reenactments, culinary arts and renowned music and dance in beautiful rural settings.
In the heart of town, you can experience Saranac’s unique shops and restaurants. Saranac’s scenic roads, with their striking views of the Saranac River, the Adirondack Mountains and the Champlain Valley, invite you to travel by car, foot or bike into the Adirondack Park.
dates back to the 1970s, when a group of area students purchased the
plot of land near Saranac. Today, the 287-acre preserve offers more than
For more Adirondack outdoor activities, visit Baker’s Acres Campground & Golf Driving, located on Route 3. The campground, conveniently located beside the Saranac River, offers a wide-variety of family-fun sports and recreational activities, as well as a rustic-style restaurant right on site.
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Located just 10 miles southwest of Plattsburgh, Schuyler Falls is a rural community nestled along the banks of the Salmon River and the Saranac River at the north-end of town.
Visit Schuyler Falls’ Irish Settlement Cemetery, one of the oldest Roman Catholic cemeteries in the area, as well as historic Schuyler Falls Cemetery, where veterans of the American Revolutionary War and War of 1812 are buried.
Hid-In-Pines Vineyard, located five miles north of Schuyler Falls on Soper Street, is an ideal place to stop and sip! One of six local wineries featured on the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail, Hid-In-Pines Vineyard offers tours of its three-acre vineyard and a wide variety of wines from hardy, cold climate grapes.
Travel along Schuyler Falls’ scenic, open roads by bike or car, or take a relaxing stroll near the Salmon River, which runs through the heart of town and flows into Davis Lake at Macomb Reservation State Park. The winding and picturesque Salmon River provides great opportunities for Adirondack Coast fishing and paddling.
Explore Macomb Reservation State Park, located just south of Schuyler Falls, which offers an abundance of Adirondack outdoor sports and activities year-round, including hiking, bird watching, snowshoeing and cross country skiing on its nature trails, boating, swimming and fishing on Davis Lake, fun and picnicking on its sandy beach and much more!
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