Although conditions remain abnormally dry throughout the region and a moderate drought has been declared for the Western and Southwestern edges of the Adirondack Park, recent rains have brought the levels of waters to at or just below normal and reduced the fire danger to moderate, although a 90-day ban on open burning remains in effect.
A chance of thunderstorms are forecast throughout the region this weekend, so be aware of afternoon weather conditions before heading out.
Local water temperatures in river and streams remain in upper-60s, with lake temperatures in the mid-70s. Lake Champlain is about 74 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 80 degrees.
Raquette River Awareness Week continues with events held in communities all along the Raquette, New York State’s second longest river.
Repaving of the Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington has begun and is expected to continue into mid-September. Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes.
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.
A 30-foot long footbridge along the Northville-Lake Placid Trail south of Spruce Lake has been repaired, along with two 10-foot bog bridges nearby. The work was done by the Student Conservation Association’s Adirondack Program.
The Mud Lake Lean-to on the Northville Placid Trail has been destroyed by a large white pine that toppled on it during a recent storm. DEC is working to have a replacement built in the near future.
The bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail remains out, but its replacement is expected soon.
In the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest a new 2.5 mile foot trail has been built from the trailhead on 14th Road about 2 miles west of the intersection of 14th Road and Route 28N in the town of Minerva.
The trail was cleared and marked with yellow trail markers by the Student Conservation Association’s Adirondack Program.
In the Jessup River Wild Forest DEC has completed a number of changes to the campsites around Mason Lake and along the Perkins Clearing Road. The first waterside campsite on the shore of Mason Lake on Perkins Clearing Road has been converting into a picnic area.
Ten new campsites have been designated as a result of closing some over used, poorly located campsites and creating new ones.
Three campsites along Mason Lake Road have been combined into a group campsite that is available by permit.
Finally this week, Lake George is the latest lake to be infested by spiny water flea. Recently the invasive plankton was found the Hudson River Feeder Canal and the Champlain Canal above Lock 11. Spiny water flea is a particular concern for anglers as it can foul down-riggers and other fishing gear.
Take the time to learn about invasive species and how to prevent their spread.
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.