Sep 06, 2013 — John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack gives a round-up of outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Fall seemed to arrive right on schedule this week. A freeze warning last night and cooler weather forecast for the next several days is a reminder to pack extra layers of clothing, including a winter hat. Especially if you are going to be at higher elevations.
Rivers and streams across the High Peaks and Northern Adirondacks, including the Independence, Oswegatchie, Raquette, St. Regis, Ausable and Saranac rivers, are running above normal levels for this time of year. The level of Lake Champlain remains about a foot above normal, but waters in other areas of the Adirondacks are at normal levels for this time of year. The rains this week have left muddy and wet trails, especially in low-lying areas.
So far, water temperatures are holding steady. The water temperature of the AuSable River in Wilmington is in the mid-60s. The Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington is about 72 degrees, the water temperature further south at Diamond Island is about 70 degrees; the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George remains about 78 degrees and the water temperature at Great Sacandaga is about 77 degrees.
Blue-green algae warnings remain in affect at Sunnyside Lake in Warren County, and Butterfield Lake, in Jefferson County. Remember to keep pets and people out of algae blooms.
In the High Peaks, The bridge over South Meadow Brook on the Klondike Trail has been replaced. The trail can now be accessed directly from the end of South Meadow Road.
The culvert replacement on the Corey's Road in the Western High Peaks, near the trailhead for Stony Creek Ponds, is expected to begin Monday 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. Backcountry visitors to Axton Landing, the Stony Creek Lean-to, the Raquette Falls Trailhead, the Calkins Brook/Ward Truck Trail Parking Area, Rock Pond and Pickerel Pond will need to be out of the woods by this Sunday night, or risk being stranded until Thursday.
Finally this week, the annual Adirondack Canoe Classic, known locally as the 90-Miler, will be held this weekend. This three-day flat water race follows the original highways of the Adirondacks.
On Friday the route includes the Fulton Chain, Raquette Lake, the Marion River and the Eckford Chain, and Blue Mountain Lake. Saturday begins on Long Lake and continues into the Raquette River to the state boat launch on Routes 3 and 30. Sunday includes Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac, including the Saranac River, Oseetah Lake and ends at Lake Flower.
Expect very heavy use along the paddle route and at the Lake Eaton and Fish Creek campgrounds where may participants will be staying.
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.