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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

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 campfires are out by drowning them thoroughly with water.

Schools are out for the summer, and with Canada Day and the 4th of July holidays this week, popular areas will continue to be busy. This would be a great time to visit lesser-used areas of the Adirondack Park.

Rivers and streams in the western Adirondacks are generally running below normal including the
St. Regis, Oswegatchie, Independance, and Moose rivers and West Canada Creek. Rivers and streams elsewhere are running at normal levels.

Warmer weather this week has raised water temperatures. The West Branch of the Ausable River at Wilmington and Mirror Lake are in the lower-70s, Lake Champlain has risen to 66 degrees. And the afternoon water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has reached 80 degrees. 

Our recent hot and humid weather has produced a number of potentially toxic algae blooms around Lake Champlain, including at Shelburne Bay, Red Rocks Point, the Burlington waterfront and at Willsboro.  Blooms have also been reported in southern section of the lake from the Crown Point Bridge to Thompsons Point on both the Vermont and New York shorelines.  Avoid all contact with algae. Do not swim, bathe, or drink the water, or use it in cooking or washing and do not allow pets in waters affected by algae blooms.

A number of climbing routes remain closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons including those at Shelving Rock Cliff on Lake George, at Moss Cliff and Labor Day Wall in Wilmington Notch, and at Upper Washbowl Cliffs in the Chapel Pond area.

Darling Ford Road and the Buttermilk Road Extension in Hudson River Recreation Area, part of the Lake George Wild Forest, remain closed due to erosion and washouts, but repairs have been completed on the Bear Slide Access Route.

The road that provides access to the Santa Clara Tract Conservation Easement Lands and the Madwaska Flow/Quebec Brook Primitive Area has been closed to public access. The gate was closed by the owner of the lands lying between State Route 458 and the easement lands. DEC says they are actively seeking a solution to reestablish public access.

In the Moose River Plains Wild Forest the Otter Brook Road is now open over the South Branch of the Moose River to the Indian Lake Road and the Indian Lake Road is open to the new Squaw Lake/Indian Lake Trailhead. The Town of Inlet Highway department has installed a new rock barrier on the Indian Lake Road about a third of a mile before the Squaw Lake Trailhead. There is parking for five or six vehicles just before the new barrier.

In the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest in Minerva three campsites along the Northwoods Club Road near the bridge over the Boreas River have reopened after several hazardous trees have been removed and the sites rehabilitated.

In the High Peaks, the footbridge over Marcy Dam, washed away during Tropical Storm Irene last August, has been rebuilt about 75 yards below the dam, upstream from the low water crossing.

The Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John's Brook Outpost remains closed as does the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass, and the low water route through the Deer Brook Flume on the trail to Snow Mountain remains impassable.

The Northville-Placid Trail is mostly clear of blowdown, with the exception of some of the more remote sections such as that from West Canada Creek north to the Sucker Brook Trail.

The bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail is expected to be replaced by the end of the summer, but until then, West Canada Creek requires careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.

And finally this week a reminder that there is NO safe place outside in a thunderstorm, so follow local weather closely and avoid storms.  If you can hear thunder, seek safe shelter. You should never be above treeline or on water when there is lightning.

Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Explorer’s Adirondack Almanack, online at www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.

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