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This weekend in the Adirondacks

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This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.

Correction: The Raquette Lake lean-to that was destoyed by fire is misidentified in the audio version of this report. The lean-to was on Clarke's Point, not Indian Point, as reproted. NCPR regrets the error.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

It’s Invasive Species Awareness Week, an opportunity for communities to highlight the threats of invasive plants and animals and for residents and visitors alike to learn ways to prevent and manage invasive species spread. Take a few minutes to talk to lake stewards at boat launches around the region this weekend, or take part in one of the many events that are planned.

Trails at all elevations continue to be wet and muddy and water levels remain high throughout the region, but they have started to fall. Still, some low water crossings will remain inaccessible and other crossings may be intimidating to some hikers.

Fast moving rivers and streams continue to pose dangers to swimmers and anglers. Don’t underestimate the force of moving water and strong currents. In the past two weeks four people have drowned in swollen rivers in the Adirondacks and Vermont.

Paddlers and other small boat users should be prepared for strong currents, and be on the look-out for the debris that has been washed into lakes and rivers in recent weeks. 

The water temperature off the public dock on Mirror Lake is in the upper-70s. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the upper-60s; Lake Champlain water temperature has risen into the lower 70s; and the temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is now about 79.

If you are headed over to Lake Champlain this weekend, several large blue-green algae blooms have been confirmed there, including at the Port Douglas boat launch in Corlaer Bay – that’s just north of Willsboro Bay, and  in the Ferrisburgh and Addison, Vermont areas opposite the towns of Essex and Westport. 

Large blue green algae blooms have also been confirmed in Lake Sunnyside, Warren County and there is a suspected bloom at Butterfield Lake over in Jefferson County.  Be sure to avoid these algae blooms. Don’t swim, bathe, or drink the water, or use it in cooking or washing, and do not allow pets in algae-contaminated water.

Elsewhere around the region the recent heavy rains have heavily eroded Jessup River Road and Old Military Road, beyond Sled Harbor in the Perkins Clearing - Speculator Tree Farm Easement Lands. If you are planning to hike Pillsbury Mountain, you’ll need to park at Sled Harbor and hike in from there.  And over in the Lake George Wild Forest the Dacy Clearing Road is very rough, and may not be suitable for low clearance vehicles. DEC is planning to make repairs once damaged roads have dried.

And finally this week, the Clarke's Point Lean-to on Raquette Lake has been destroyed by fire.

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.

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