This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Conditions remain abnormally dry throughout the Adirondacks, especially in the Western and Southwestern edges of the Adirondack Park. The weather looks to be drier this coming weekend, the fire danger remains moderate, and a 90-day ban on open burning remains in effect, so be cautious with fire.
Water levels are at seasonal low levels and the Raquette River is running below normal. Be watchful for navigation hazards. Larger boats running between the Lower Locks and Second Pond in the Saranac Lakes Chain system run the risk of becoming grounded.
Local water temperatures in most lakes, river and streams are in mid-70s. Lake Champlain remains at about 72 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 81.
Repaving of the Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington continues. 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.
On the Northville Placid Trail, hikers will encounter blowdown from West Canada Creek to the Sucker Brook Trail, north of Tirrell Pond and Salmon Pond Roads, and just south of the Seward lean-to. The rest of the trail is generally clear.
The 45 foot bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail, which was washed away in the spring flooding of 2011, has been replaced by the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Professional Trail Crew.
Also on the Northville Placid Trail, Spruce Lake lean-to #2 is being moved back from the water and may not be available for use.
Finally this week, there has been an increase in bear encounters. The use of bear resistant canisters is required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30 and recommended elsewhere. All food, toiletries and garbage should be stored 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.