The name Nessmuk was derived from the local native
Indian language meaning a RAKE WOODDUCK . George W. Sears used the
name Nessmuk for his pen name.
George Washington Sears (December 2, 1821 May 1, 1890)
was a sportswriter for Forest and Stream magazine in the 1880s and
an early conservationist. His stories, appearing under the pen name,
"Nessmuk" popularized selfguided canoe camping tours of
the Adirondack lakes in open, lightweight solo canoes and what is
today called ultra light camping.