This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Despite recent rain storms, conditions around the region remain dry and the fire danger remains high. A statewide ban on opening burning remains in effect so use caution with campfires. Nearly 20 wild fires have burned in the Adirondacks since July 1st, half believed to have been started by campfires. Among the latest fires was one on Elephant Mountain, south of Hulett’s Landing on Lake George that was doused in recent days.
The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to report abnormally dry conditions throughout the Adirondacks and a moderate drought in the Southwestern Adirondacks.
The levels of waters throughout the region have mostly returned to normal. However, with the exception of the St. Regis and Oswegatchie, which along with others waters in the northwestern Adirondack remain below normal.
The water temperature of the West Branch of the Ausable River at Wilmington is in the mid-60s; Mirror Lake remains in the mid-70s. Lake Champlain has fallen to 71 degrees, and the afternoon water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George remains in lower-80s.
All climbing routes have reopened. DEC is reporting that 32 chicks were produced at 18 nest locations with successful fledging of falcons at all areas that had rock climbing route closures. If you observe a peregrine falcon exhibiting defensive or distressed behavior while climbing, please descend immediately and report your observations to the DEC Region 5 Wildlife Office
A new parking area has been constructed along Shelving Rock Road near the trailhead to Shelving Rock Falls, but remember to that users of the Shelving Rock Day Use Area should not park on the side of Shelving Rock Road.
Darling Ford Road and the Buttermilk Road Extension in Hudson River Recreation Area, part of the Lake George Wild Forest, remain closed as is the road that provides access to the Santa Clara Tract Conservation Easement Lands and the Madwaska Flow/Quebec Brook Primitive Area.
In the High Peaks, 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.
The trail from Lower Ausable Lake to Sawteeth, the Scenic Trail, that was closed last week due to firefighting operations has reopened.
Raquette River Awareness Week, which begins Saturday, highlights all the Raquette River has to offer. A variety of events held in communities all along the river will feature the grand opening celebration of a new canoe and small boat access to the Raquette River near Moody Falls in Colton. At 174 miles, the Raquette River is the second longest river in New York State, it runs from its source at Blue Mountain Lake in the middle of the Adirondacks to the St. Lawrence River at Akwesasne.
And finally this week, a reminder that bear encounters have been occurring more frequently than usual this summer, especially in the High Peaks. The use of bear canisters is required by campers in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and recommended throughout the Adirondacks. Be sure to pack all food, toiletries and garbage in bear-resistant canisters.
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.