Jul 19, 2013 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.
Temperatures this week in the 90s have dried the region out considerably. The fire danger has been raised to moderate, and waters that were very high last week have fallen, although most rivers and streams continue to run above normal for this time of year and the Raquette and Saranac Rivers continue to run high.
Although many trails are drying out, some trails around the region continue to be wet and muddy, especially in low lying areas. The possibility of encountering thunderstorms is elevated at this time of year, and with waters continuing to run above normal, low water crossings may not be passable following heavy afternoon thunderstorms.
Be sure to keep an eye on the weather and don’t be caught above treeline or on water during thunderstorms. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance and should seek safe shelter.
The warm weather has warmed lakes and rivers considerably. The Ausable River at Wilmington is rising well into the 70s each day; Lake Champlain is in the mid-70s; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 83 degrees.
The rainy weather over the last few weeks has washed a large amount of nutrients into lakes, ponds and rivers and that, along with the heat, has increased the potential for algae blooms.
Currently blue green algae blooms are confirmed on lake Champlain at the Port Douglas boat launch in Corlaer Bay and in the Ferrisburgh and Addison, Vermont areas opposite the towns of Essex and Westport.
Blooms have also been confirmed in Lake Sunnyside, Warren County, Butterfield Lake in Jefferson County, and Black Lake in St. Lawrence County. All waters can experience a bloom, even if they never had one before. Remember to keep children and pets out of algae blooms.
Taking a look elsewhere around the region, in the Black Brook Tract, that’s north of Wilmington and part of the Taylor Pond Wild Forest, logging is taking place and hikers and climbers accessing the Turnpike Road Trailhead should be prepared to encounter logging trucks on the road. DEC is asking visitors there to park well off the road and at least 150 feet from the log header.
Over on the lower Saranac River in Plattsburgh, a dam to divert the river will be placed this week near the Plattsburgh Police Department on Pine Street to allow for cleanup of a portion of the river polluted by an old coal-tar pit. Downstream paddlers and tubers will need to exit the river at the sign near 90 Pine Street, portage down Pine Street to the Kennedy Bridge on Broad Street where they can re-enter the water. Local officials say the area will be off-limits for the rest of the summer.
In Indian Lake, a portion of the Chain Lakes Road will be closed from Saturday through Monday to accommodate the Adirondack Challenge races on the Indian River this weekend. There will still be access to the transfer station and town beach.
And finally this week, a correction. The lean-to recently destroyed by fire on Raquette Lake was located on Clark’s Point in Sucker Brook Bay, just east of Indian Point, not, as reported, on Indian Point.
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.