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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.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

The fire danger remains low.  The Lake Champlain water level is almost two feet above normal for this time of year, but the area’s rivers and streams are running at normal or just above normal levels.

Local trails are generally dry, but some low-lying areas remain wetter than is typical for August, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear and be sure to walk through, not around wet and muddy areas to avoid widening the trails and trampling vegetation.

The temperature of lakes and rivers remain mostly in the upper-60s and lower-70s. The Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington is about 71 degrees, the water temperature further south at Diamond Island is about 66 degrees; the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has fallen to about 74 degrees.

Blue-green algae blooms remain active on the East side of Lake Champlain, at Sunnyside Lake in Warren County, Butterfield Lake in Jefferson County and at Black Lake, just outside the Adirondack Park in St. Lawrence County. Remember to keep people and pets out of algae blooms.

In the High Peaks, emergency road repairs continue on Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead, where traffic is being reduced to one lane.

Due to a wash-out on Hurricane Road and flooding of the trail from Route 9N, the only easily accessible trail up Hurricane Mountain continues to be the Crows Trailhead on O’Toole Road off East Hill Road, that’s on the Keene side of the mountain.

Over in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest the washout in the Indian Lake Road has been repaired and the road is now reopened to the Squaw Lake trailhead.

There’s good news for climbers. As expected, DEC has reopened climbing routes that have been closed to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites. Routes at Shelving Rock on Lake George, Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch, at the main face of Poke-O-Moonshine, and the Lower Washbowl in the Chapel Pond area are now open.

And finally this week, NOAA has issued an Atlantic hurricane season outlook which forecasts an above normal season, with the possibility that it could be very active. The season has already produced four named storms, with the peak of the season – mid-August through October – yet to come.  The hurricane season is not something Adirondackers typically worry about, but after unusual Atlantic storm seasons, which have recently sent large storms into our region, it is something worth keeping an eye on.

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

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