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This weekend in the Adirondacks

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John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Expect unsettled weather though the weekend with cooler temperatures and at least some rain, especially Saturday and Saturday night. Trails are wet and muddy, and their remains more than two feet of snow above about 3,000 feet. Waters are seasonably high, and some low water crossings may not be passable this weekend.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Ice is out on all but some of the smaller high elevations waters, but water temperatures remain very cold. Mirror Lake in Lake Placid is about 41 degrees. Lake Champlain is about 40 degrees and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has risen to about 48 degrees. Although adults are no longer required to wear life jackets – with water temperatures so cold it’s a good idea to wear a pfd to be safe – falling into cold water unexpectedly dramatically increases the risk of drowning – even for strong swimmers.

The walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskie season opens Saturday as does catch and release for largemouth and smallmouth bass on some waters. Everyone over the age of 15 are required to have a fishing license and all anglers should be aware of how to avoid spreading fish diseases and invasive species, which can damage local fisheries, including using approved baitfish, and disposing of them properly.

There are some new rules for boaters this year.  All boat operators born on or after May 1, 1996 are now required to complete an eight-hour safe boating course and obtain a Safe Boating Certificate.  Also, DEC has new regulations that require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and equipment and to drain boats before launching or leaving a DEC boat launch and water access area.

Boaters everywhere should expect to encounter and cooperate with Lake Stewards stationed at waters around the Adirondacks in their continued effort to limit the introduction of invasive species.

Mandatory inspection and decontamination is required for all boats entering Lake George beginning May 15th, at one of six regional inspection stations. The introduction and transport of aquatic invasive species into any Warren County waterbody is now illegal. Mandatory inspections will also take place at Loon Lake in the Town of Chester. All boaters should meet the clean, drained, and dry standard before launching in any Adirondack waters. 

And finally this week, Eagle Cave has reopened to the public, as has the Shelving Rock Road in the Town of Fort Ann.  The gates remain shut on other roads typically closed for mud season, including those in the Moose River Plains, the Jessup River Wild Forest, the Perkins Clearing – Speculator Tree Farm Easement Lands, and the Lake George Wild Forest, including the gate off Pike Brook Road that leads to the Black Mountain Trailhead.  The Lake Lila Road is reported to be heavily damaged and is not expected to open until mid-June. The Corey’s Road is closed at the Raquette River Trailhead and although the trails through the Elk Lake Easement Lands have reopened for public use, the Clear Pond Gate remains closed. At the Former Finch Lands and Essex Chain Lakes Tract the Deer Pond and Chain Lakes Road gates have been shut.  The Garden Trailhead parking area and road have been reopened by the Town of Keene.

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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