Jul 05, 2013 — This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
As the Fourth of July weekend continues expect trailhead parking lots and interior campsites to remain full, especially in popular areas such as the Eastern High Peaks and the Lake George Region.
The threat of afternoon thunderstorms which could cause localized flooding continues so be sure to monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings.
Paddlers and other small boat users should watch weather reports closely and return to shore when storms approach.
Some low water crossings are not accessible and other crossings may be difficult and intimidating, especially after afternoon storms.
Expect to encounter muddy trails at all elevations. DEC has lifted its muddy trail advisory for trails above 3,000 feet, but trails there remain muddy. On summits be sure to stay on trails and don’t trample sensitive vegetation.
The water temperature off the public dock on Mirror Lake is in the lower-70s. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the upper-60s; Lake Champlain water temperature is about 65 degrees; and the temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is now about 72.
With warmer water temperatures we’re starting to see reports of potentially toxic blue-green algae. Blooms have been confirmed in the Ferrisburgh and Addison, VT areas of Lake Champlain, (opposite the towns of Essex and Westport) and also in Lake Sunnyside, Warren County. Be sure to avoid algae blooms. Do not swim, bathe, or drink the water, or use it in cooking or washing, and do not allow pets in algae-contaminated water.
Road construction continues on Route 73 in Cascade Pass and the two easternmost parking areas for Cascade and Pitchoff Mountains remain closed.
Finally this week, use caution at local swimming holes, and near raging rivers and streams. Fast moving rivers and streams can pose dangers to swimmers and anglers. Don’t underestimate the force of moving water and strong currents. The high, fast water the Adirondacks is currently experiencing was the cause of two deaths this week in treacherous currents.
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.