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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 for this first full weekend of summer.

And what a weekend it is forecast to be! With temperatures in the 70s, this will be an excellent time to get into the woods and onto the waters. Remember it's still near the peak of the black fly season however, so wear light-colored loose-fitting clothing.

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The fire danger has been raised to moderate, so use extra care with camp fires this weekend.  Although most trails have dried in the past two weeks, some trails may be wet and muddy in low-lying areas and near waters, which are currently well above normal for this time of year.  Some fixed docks are underwater and the streamgage at North Creek is nearing five feet, a good opportunity to do some rafting.

Remember however, to use caution at local swimming holes, and near surging rivers and streams. Swimmers should avoid swift currents, especially near waterfalls and rapids. Do not underestimate the force of moving water and strong currents.  Boaters and paddlers should be aware that some obstacles may be hidden by higher waters.

The water temperature of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid is about 70 degrees; the AuSable River is around 60 degrees. Lake Champlain has risen to about 63 degrees. Great Sacandaga Lake is about 69 degrees and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 68 degrees.

Warmer waters mean the first blue-green algae bloom in the region has been reported, a large bloom at Butterfield Lake in Jefferson County.  Avoid all contact with algae blooms. Do not swim, bathe, or drink the water, or use it in cooking or washing, and do not allow pets in algae-contaminated water.

Taking a look around the region, in the Dix Mountain Wilderness the Slide Brook Lean-to on the Dix Trail from Elk Lake is being relocated and rebuilt by the Adirondack 46ers. The lean-to will be unavailable for use through Sunday, June 29th.

In the Moose River Plains, the Otter Brook Road has reopened although some wet spots remain and are marked with traffic cones. The Rock Dam Road remains closed but the main Moose River Plains Road is open.

In the Black River Wild Forest, West Creek Road remains closed at Big Brook Bridge.

Over at Lake George, the Black Mountain Trailhead gate off Pike Brook Road remains closed, though it will only add about 15 minutes of hiking.

Down in Northville, the Northville-Placid Trail has a new starting point. The new trailhead and parking lot are located at the Waterfront Park.

There will be a reworked trail up Goodman Mountain in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest, now named in honor of Andrew Goodman, a civil rights worker murdered in Mississippi in 1964. The Goodman Trail will start at Lumberjack Springs on Route 30 between Tupper Lake and Long Lake where an informal trail currently follows an old road for about a mile to a herd path marked with flagging and paint blazes that leads north-west to Goodman Mountain. The new trail plan includes the construction of a bridge over Cold Brook and the  development of a six-car parking lot at the Lumberjack Springs trailhead.

And finally this week, the Wilmington/Whiteface Bike Fest is being held through Sunday. Bike trails in the area may be closed for races and Route 86 and other roads will be closed for the big race on Sunday.  As always, drive safely and share the road with bicyclists.

Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack.

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