On the 1933 map below, Loon Island is directly north of the B in Bonaparte. The island is still there, but there are no actual letters on the lake, and Bonaparte's village of Alpina shown here at the outlet is now the ghost of a town haunted only by porcupines.

The upper reaches of the Oswegatchie River, reached by canoe and from trail heads off route 3 and 812, just a few miles to the west of us, lead into the largest wilderness in the Adirondacks, in the heart of which you can find the deepest , darkest virgin forest in the Northeast............but you might not want to go there.

Click here to explore an interactive contemporary Topozone map of the area