There is a chance of thunderstorms this weekend, remember that weather can change suddenly so be prepared. It’s turning cooler now and temperatures have been falling into the 40s overnight and even into the 30s at higher elevations. Also, days are shorter, so plan accordingly and always carry a flashlight.
Recent rains have risen the levels of rivers in streams in the High Peaks, so be careful with stream crossing. Rains this week have made some trails wet and muddy, especially in low-lying areas and near water, however the fire danger remains moderate so be cautious with fire.
Water levels elsewhere remain at near seasonal lows, with the exception of rivers that drain the High Peaks. Larger boats running between the Lower Locks and Second Pond in the Saranac Lakes Chain system still run the risk of becoming grounded.
The temperatures of most lakes, river and streams are in 60s. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the lower-60s, Lake Champlain is about 70 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has fallen to 77 degrees.
Lampricide treatments will begin in the coming weeks on the Saranac River, Mill Brook, Great Chazy River, and Mount Hope Brook. Water advisories will be in effect and the Department of Health recommends avoiding treated waters.
Repaving of the Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington continues. Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes.
In the High Peaks, a crew has been repairing the bridge across the Hudson River at Tahawus, the suspension bridge taken out by Tropical Storm Irene. Reports indicate that work may be completed by this weekend.
Also, Lean2Rescue is expected to complete reconstruction of the Wall Face Lean-To this weekend.
Elsewhere, blowdown has been cleared on the Jackrabbit Trail between Whiteface Inn and the intersection with the McKenzie Mountain Trail. Expect significant blowdown however on the St. Regis Mountain Trail and the Fish Pond Truck Trail in the St. Regis Canoe Area.
In the Lake George Wild Forest campsites along Pikes Beach and Schofield Flats Roads have been repaired and are now open for use. The Darling Ford Road and the Buttermilk Road Extension remain close due to erosion and washouts.
In the Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest a new accessible access trail provides scenic views of Webb Royce Swamp. The trailhead is located on the east side of Clark Road about a half mile from Route 9.
Finally this week, DEC trail crews are building a new five-mile snowmobile trail in the Moose River Plains that will connect the Limekiln-Cedar River Road near Fawn Lake to State Route 28 near the Seventh Lake Boat Launch. The trail I s the first phase of a long-distance community connector trail that will link Indian Lake, Inlet, Raquette Lake and Long Lake.