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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

Fire conditions are mixed around the region, the fire danger is moderate east of the Hudson River and in Eastern Essex and Clinton counties, and low in the rest of the region.

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.  Backcountry trails are generally dry, but some low-lying areas remain wet. 

The temperature of lakes and rivers remain mostly in the upper-60s and lower-70s. The Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington has fallen to about 69 degrees, the water temperature further south at Diamond Island remains at 66; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George continues to be about 74 degrees.

Blue-green algae blooms remain active on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain, and at Sunnyside Lake in Warren County. A suspicious bloom has also been reported at Cossayuna Lake in Washington County. The warning about the algae bloom in Butterfield Lake, Jefferson County, remains in effect. The bloom at Black Lake, in St. Lawrence County, has been taken off the state’s warning list. Remember to keep people and pets out of algae blooms.

Taking a look at some of the road closures around the region, in the High Peaks, road repairs continue on Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead, where traffic is being reduced to one lane.

Adirondack Loj Road will be closed Wednesday, August 21st from about 8 am to 2 pm between Meadows Lane and the Adirondak Loj for work on the bridge over the West Branch of the Ausable River.

Down in the South-Central Adirondacks, Route 8 has been closed between Wells and Wevertown for a culvert replacement since Wednesday, but is expected to be reopened today. The state is replacing the large Girard Creek culvert, about 3.5 miles north of the intersection of state routes 8 and 30 in the Town of Wells. Expect alternative one-lane traffic there for the next couple weeks.

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.  Also, the Jessup River and Old Military roads have been repaired and re-opened.

All rock climbing routes re-opened last week, and DEC has now released information on 13 cliffs that were monitored this year for peregrine falcon activity. Two nesting sites were inactive and three sites had failed nests, but eight nest sites produced 17 falcons, including two fledglings at Poke-o-Moonshine born after a delayed start to the breeding season.

There’s good news for winter sports enthusiasts this week. The Town of Tupper Lake has agreed to purchase another snowmobile trail groomer for the growing 30-mile trail network created and maintained by the Tupper Lake Snowmobile Club.

And finally this week, the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is adding a new glade on Lookout Mountain in time for this winter. The 1,500-foot long expert glade will be cut half-way down Hoyt’s High and will also connect to the Summit Chair lift, adding almost five acres of skiable terrain. This is the first terrain added at Whiteface since the opening of Lookout Mountain in 2008. Whiteface is also planning 36 new snow guns. The first day of the season is scheduled for November 29, weather permitting.

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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