An ADK Badass Across the Seasons

Anne Fleck

Noelle Short

If there's a glimmer of open water on the lake, then chances are you'll find Anne Fleck out there paddling. She's an Adirondack Badass Woman who won't let cold temperatures, a little bit (or in some cases - a lot) of ice, or any other barriers like black flies keep her off the water. And if she isn't out on the water, then you can definitely find her somewhere in the mountains on skis.

Fleck enjoying the off-season on skis out west.

Fleck owns and operates Raquette River Outfitters with her partner Rob Frenette. She's spent most of her life on the water, either paddling wood canvas canoes in Quebec with her family, competing in gunnel bobbing competitions with her siblings, studying the health of ecosystems, or enjoying the Adirondacks in all seasons.

A little ice leftover from winter, no problem!

Every stop along the way, Fleck has made her love of the outdoors a part of her educational and professional path. Originally from Lewiston, New York, where some of her friends affectionately refer to her as "Nature" or "Stick Lady," Fleck made her way to the Adirondacks to study environmental sciences at Paul Smith's College and SUNY Plattsburgh. After graduating she spent fifteen years leading field research teams from U Penn and Dartmouth College as they studied Red Spruce decline, acid rain, and zooplankton.

When asked what makes the Adirondacks such a special place for her, Fleck noted, "I love the people, the woods, the waterways and the mountains." And when asked how does exploring the rivers, lakes, trails, and mountains of the Adirondacks fit into your life? Without skipping a beat, she said, "Perfectly!"

Fleck is ready for another adventure.

The passion for the outdoors that both Fleck and Frenette share is the heart and soul of their business at Raquette River Outfitters, and they've made it their goal to share their love of the Adirondacks with others.

"I love meeting people and helping them enjoy the Adirondack waterways safely and responsibly," Fleck said about what she enjoys the most about her job. "My favorite thing is to see my customers transform from their hectic city life to a relaxed woods pace by spending two to three days canoe camping."

Having joined Frenette at Raquette River Outfitters in 1998, Fleck said that it is definitely challenging to run your own business, but that challenges are necessary to keep you on your toes. "Running your own business is both challenging and very gratifying," she noted.

With two locations, the home base shop in Tupper Lake and a shop in Long Lake that opened in 2008, Fleck said that their hope for the future is that "people continue to come and enjoy the Adirondack waterways in a respectful way and take home with them a lifetime of memories to share with their families and friends."

The Raquette River Outfitters shop located at 1754 State Route 30 in Tupper Lake

For Fleck some of her favorite moments out on the waterways are spent on a quiet, pristine waterway where she can get away from it all with her best friend and partner Robbie. She said she is usually in her LoonWorks Mistral wood canvas solo canoe or in her Rob Frenette guideboat, and she "encourages others to keep exploring and find their own favorite place."

Anne Fleck and Robbie Frenette out enjoying a paddle.

To Fleck a Badass Adirondack Woman is someone who "swims ice out to ice in, doesn't mind picking off a few leeches, heats themselves thrice with wood when splitting, stacking, and burning, celebrates winter solstice around the lean-to campfire, and loves winter."

And when thinking about the "mini-badass women out there, the young girls who are growing up in the Adirondacks today," and what advice she would offer them, she said, "Get outside and enjoy your surroundings year-round. Don't wait for things to happen, make them happen. Set goals and try your hardest to accomplish them."

Just another day in an Adirondack paradise.

Ready to hit the trail, paddle the pond, have your own badass outdoor adventure? We're ready for you - plan your stay today and tag us in your own Fleck-inspired pics!


Great Badass

Loved the article, Love the attitude towards life. Keep up the badass work!


Sounds like a great life! Thanks for sharing - I'm feeling inspired to visit more often and plan some trips!


So very proud of my little sister!

My sweet niece

She is one badass lady and she is also the sweetest girl I know love you Annie .Love Aunt Janie and Uncle Brian

Thanks for this great piece

Thanks for this great piece on my Best Friend and great woods mentor!

Takes a badass to know a

Takes a badass to know a badass!
Great article on an admirable 'Dacker.

Anne Fleck

I grew up with Annie in Lewiston what a great article! She's always loved the water, and I have great memories of our swim team days at NFCC. Keep being a badass Anne!

Cool write-up!

Annie is the real deal. She's never steered me wrong up on a paddling or hiking trip. Can't wait to make it back to RRO!

Super Badass!

I heard she never walks anywhere. ONLY LUNGES. Training for LIFE! Miss you Flecker!

Lunging badass to boot!

I can hear some ADK badass folklores spinning off of this! Thanks for reading, ADK who lives in AK! Hope you get to the ADKs sometime soon! 

Adirondack Living

I've been living here since 1971 and I've been sitting at home doing nothing like I used to do when my wife was alive. R.eading this has inspired me to hobble back out there and live the way I really want to.
Thank you for the inspiration :)

Thanks, Ron!

We hope to see you in the ADKs soon! Let us know at the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and ROOST office on Park Street if you need help planning a trip. The folks at Raquette River Outfitters are definitely a great place to start as well. Really great to hear that you enjoyed the piece and I wish you many wonderful adventures in the days ahead! 

My Badass Sister

I am so proud of my sister Anne! She is beautiful inside and outside! She is dedicated to her business that has grown over the years due to her hard work with Robbie her partner who is also a badass! My son Kodi spent a summer working for her and she became his second mother. I can't thank her enough for all she taught him. Once a year I visit this glorious area and enjoy every minute with her. I love you Anne, keep the fires burning!

A badass for sure!

Great to hear from you, Linda. That's awesome that you get up each year and your son had the chance to work with Anne and Robbie at their shop. They're both badasses for sure, and downright genuine people to boot. Thanks for reading. 

Bad ass

Nice article. Very proud of what you and Rob have accomplished. See you soon.

Adk bad ass

Anne definitely fits the bill. All the qualities of a great woman, ADK or, tough, resilient, passionate, compassion; need I go on. Thanks for the article.

Anne Is an inspiration!

We love Anne and Robbie and the business they have created. Anne is an inspiration and Tupper Lake is so much better to have them in the community! Thanks for all you do to educate people on the Adirondacks and Tupper Lake!

Great Article!

Wow! I don't know you Anne (hope to meet one day) but I do know Robbie. Thank you for the inspiration and pictures to help me walk down memory lane. I am so happy to hear how much Raquette River Outfitters has grown. Great Website! I am so happy to see how much your concept has grown, continued manufacturing of your beautiful guide-boats, and how you both teach others (of all ages) about the beauty of the Adirondack! People in this busy world of ours need a reprieve like this so keep growing! Bravo!!!!

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