Aug 23, 2013 — John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack gives a round-up of outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
With the exception of some scattered rains, it’s been generally dry this week and the fire danger is moderate.
The Lake Champlain water level is falling, but remains more than a foot above normal for this time of year. Elsewhere the area’s rivers and streams are running at normal levels. Backcountry trails are generally dry, but some low-lying areas remain wet, especially in the Southern Adirondacks we received a good deal of rain yesterday.
The temperature of lakes and rivers rose slightly this week. The Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington has risen to about 73 degrees, further south at Diamond Island the water temperature is now about 70 degrees; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 76 degrees.
Blue-green algae blooms remain active on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain, notably at Malletts Bay near Colchester and a large new bloom was reported this week at St. Albans Bay. No blooms have been reported on the New York Side of the lake, but be aware of the possibility of encountering blooms at Sunnyside Lake in Warren County, Cossayuna Lake in Washington County, and Butterfield Lake, in Jefferson County. Remember to keep people and pets out of algae blooms.
A rock fall was reported this week on Wallface Mountain in the High Peaks. The fall has changed the expert rated Free Ride climbing route.
Looking to the north, the bridge over Quebec Brook on Blue Mountain Road in the Town of Waverly, Franklin County, is being replaced by a county crew and will be closed for six to eight weeks starting Monday. There will be no detour possible, so during the closure access to the Quebec Brook Waterway Access Site will be from the south only and access to Azure Mountain will be from the north only.
And finally this week, the last day of the Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower being open to the public is today. The fire tower will close at 5 pm. Each summer Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine provide tower stewards who offer interpretation of the fire tower.
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.