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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

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

It’s Labor Day Weekend, so expect parking areas, camp grounds, back-country camp sites, beaches, boat launches and other popular facilities to reach capacity – especially in the Eastern High Peaks and Lake George regions. This would be an excellent weekend to seek recreation opportunities in other, less visited, parts of the Adirondack Park.

Although we’ve had some rain this week, conditions are still quite dry and the fire danger remains Moderate.

The Lake Champlain water level continues to fall, but remains about a foot above normal for this time of year. Elsewhere the area’s rivers and streams are running at normal levels.

The rains this week have left some muddy and wet trails, especially in low-lying areas. Remember to stay on trails and durable surfaces to avoid trampling sensitive vegetation and prevent eroding and widening the trails.

The temperature of lakes and rivers is holding steady. The Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington is about 72 degrees, further south at Diamond Island the water temperature is about 71 degrees; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is up slightly to about 78 degrees.

Blue-green algae blooms remain active on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain, notably at St. Albans Bay and on the New York Side of North Hero Island. Warnings about algae remain in affect 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.

The Town of Harrietstown will be replacing a culvert on the Corey’s Road in the Western High Peaks, near the trailhead for Stony Creek Ponds. Construction is set to begin on Monday, September 9 and take two to three days.

During construction the road will be closed at the culvert and traffic on the south side will not be able to reach Route 3. This will affect users of Axton Landing, the Stony Creek Lean-to, the Raquette Falls Trailhead, the Calkins Brook/Ward Truck Trail Parking Area, Rock Pond and Pickerel Pond who must be out of the woods by Sunday night, September 8 or be prepared to stay until as late as Thursday, September 12.

And a reminder that 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. There will be no detour possible, so during the closure the Quebec Brook Waterway Access Site can be reached only from the south and Azure Mountain only from the north.

Finally this week, some work has been completed at Loon Lake Mountain, that’s part of the former International Paper easement lands. The trailhead for Loon Lake Mountain has been moved about a tenth of mile to the Northwest. To find it, continue on Route 26 past the old parking area at the gate for Tower Road, and look for a new DEC trailhead sign and a new gravel parking area. A short crossover trail leads to a new trail register. The summit trail, now cleared of blowdown, has been marked.

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