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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.

We have another great weekend in store weather wise, with temperatures forecast to reach 80 degrees, and only a very slight chance of encountering an afternoon or evening rainstorm. Black flies are still very active, so be prepared for that, and be sure to bring along some sunscreen.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

The fire danger remains moderate, so use extra care with campfires this weekend.  Although most trails have dried in the past several weeks, some trails, especially in low-lying areas and near waters, continue to have muddy areas so wear appropriate footwear.

Heavy rains this week have raised the level of rivers and streams well above normal for this time of year which will make for some outstanding rafting this weekend, but hikers may find some streams difficult or impossible to cross.  Waters in the Western half of the Adirondack region, including the Moose, Independence, Beaver, Raquette and St. Regis rivers are running very high. The stream guage at North Creek is just below five and a half feet. The Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is almost 98 feet.

Across northern New York and Vermont there have been a number of dangerous and deadly incidents for people in swift waters, including at least one drowning.  Use caution at local swimming holes, and near surging rivers and streams.  Don’t underestimate the force of moving water and strong currents.

The water temperature of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid is in the lower 70s; the AuSable River is about 60 degrees. Lake Champlain remains about 62 degrees. The water temperature at Great Sacandaga Lake and at the beach on Bolton Landing on Lake George is about 70 degrees.

Aside from the large bloom confirmed at Butterfield Lake outside the Adirondack Park in Jefferson County, no other blue-green algae blooms have yet been reported.

Taking a look around the backcountry, work continues in the Dix Mountain Wilderness to relocate and rebuild the Slide Brook Lean-to on the Dix Trail from Elk Lake. That remains unavailable for use through this weekend.

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

In the Western Lake George Wild Forest, Buttermilk Road Extension is washed out and remains closed and the Black Mountain Trailhead gate off Pike Brook Road also remains closed, though that will only add about 15 minutes of hiking.

In Newcomb, Adirondack Architectural Heritage will host four tours of Great Camp Santanoni. The first tour will be Saturday with additional tours on July 25th, August 16th, and September 5th. Expect higher use than normal there on tour days.

At the former Finch lands around the Essex Chain Lakes, the Upper Hudson River and Indian River – those are the new state lands - the Cornell/Deer Pond Road was scheduled to be opened this weekend but heavy rains impacted the recent road work completed by the Town of Newcomb and so that road may not open this weekend. It should however, be open by next weekend.

Also, DEC plans to extend access to a new parking area near the Old Gooley Club which will cut about three-quarters of a mile from the trip for those accessing the Cedar River as well as Pine Lake, Clear Pond, Mud Pond and Corner Pond in the southern part of the Essex Chain of Lakes tract.  The new parking area will also cut out a half mile of walking for those paddling the Hudson to the take out just above the Indian River. The opening date has not been set yet for the new access, but I’ll be sure to report when it is.

And finally, this weekend New York State is offering Free Fishing Days, legal days to fish without a license on New York State waters – a great opportunity to introduce someone to angling.

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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