This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
The fire danger is Moderate. Be sure to extinguish fires thoroughly with water and never leave a fire unattended.
Heavy rains in some areas this week have raised water levels. Most rivers in the region are running at or above normal for this time of year with the notable exception of the Indian River which is running below normal. The Black, Oswegatchie, Raquette, Salmon, Boquet, and Ausable Rivers are all running above normal.
Recent hot and humid weather has produced a number of potentially toxic algae blooms in Lake Champlain, especially along the Vermont side. Health and environmental officials believe the number and extent of algae blooms could be higher than normal this summer following large amounts of phosphorus being washed into the lake by record spring flooding.
If you suspect an algae bloom do not swim, bathe, or drink the water, or use it in cooking or washing, and do not allow pets in potentially algae-contaminated water.
Hunting and trapping licenses go on sale Monday. Some small-game seasons begin in early September.
A few backcountry roads remain closed, including the Haskell Road along West Canada Creek into the Black River Wild Forest and in the Eastern Lake George Wild Forest the Dacy Clearing Parking Area and Dacy Clearing Road remain closed due to washouts.
In the Moose River Plains Rock Dam Road, Indian River Road and Otter Brook Road beyond the bridge over the South Branch Moose River remain closed, as are the campsites near Wakely Dam.
The Jessup River Road in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement Lands north of Speculator has been closed to replace bridges over the Jessup and Miami rivers.
The road will remain closed from Sled Harbor to the Spruce Lake Trailhead through September 6th. Access to the Pillsbury Mountain Trailhead remains open.
In the High Peaks, the first bridge west of Henderson Lake on the Preston Pond Trail has been replaced. The bridge had gone out with an ice jam this spring.
The bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail was also washed away this spring and West Canada Creek now requires very careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.
Volunteers from the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Northville-Placid Trail Chapter have cleared the blowdown on the Northville-Placid Trail between the Stephens Pond lean-to and the Lake Durant Campground.
There is a new 40-foot long fishing pier on Great Sacandaga Lake in Northhamption, next to the state boat launch on Route 30. The pier is expected to be in the lake each year by the first Saturday of May, and be removed by the end of November.
Finally this week, an early winter snow forecast looks good for winter sports enthusiasts. A weak La Nina is predicted to form this fall and continue through winter and it looks like we may see a number of storms and heavy snowfall – of course, only time will tell.
Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack, online at www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.