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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 Independence Day Weekend.

It looks like after today's unsettled weather has passed, we'll have another great weekend in store with sunny skies both Saturday and Sunday. Even the black flies and mosquitoes should be kept at bay with winds all weekend forecast to be from 5 to 15 miles per hour; that will also mean a great weekend to do some sailing.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Water temperatures have now warmed considerably.  The AuSable River near Wilmington is in the upper-60s; Mirror Lake in Lake Placid is now in the upper-70s. Lake Champlain and Lake George are about 72 degrees. The water temperature at Great Sacandaga Lake is a few degrees warmer than that. 

Rivers and streams remain well above normal, with waters in the Western Adirondacks, including West Canada Creek and the Black, Independence, and Beaver rivers are running very high. The stream gage on the Hudson River at North Creek is expected to rise to 4.5 feet today, which will provide another great weekend for whitewater rafting.

Again this weekend however, many rivers and streams will be raging. Three people were lost in rivers last weekend including someone tubing in West Canada Creek, and two young men swimming in the Ausable River.  Additionally, one angler was lost in Lake George near Hague when his boat capsized in big waves and winds.

Please, use caution on the regions waters, and near surging rivers and streams.  Don’t underestimate the deadly force of moving water. 

There are no blue-green algae blooms to report, and cooler temperatures should keep them at bay this weekend.

Backcounty visitors can expect to encounter wet and muddy trails at lower lying areas and along waterways, especially on Saturday morning, although trails should dry considerably through the weekend.

There have been reports of increased bear activity in the backcountry. Bear-resistant canisters are required in the Eastern High Peaks, and encouraged elsewhere, especially in areas bears frequent such at the Old Forge-Inlet corridor.  Store all food, toiletries and garbage in bear proof containers at all times.

All climbing routes on Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch have reopened leaving only the Upper Washbowl Cliffs, and some routes on the Main Face of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain closed. DEC is still asking climbers to avoid the Diagonal Area of Wall Face due to the presence of peregrine falcons.

Elsewhere in the High Peaks, in the Dix Mountain Wilderness the Slide Brook Lean-to on the Dix Trail from Elk Lake has been rebuilt and relocated nearby and is now available for use.

22 tent sites have been opened around the Essex Chain Lakes. Thirteen of those sites require a free permit which is available at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, NY.

The Cornell/Deer Pond Road is open to the Deer Pond Access Parking Area.

The gate on the Essex Chain Road has been moved to within a third of a mile of the Iron Bridge over the Hudson River.

And finally, parking is now available near the former Outer Gooley Club at the end of the Chain Lakes Road, which cuts three-quarters of a mile from the trip to the Cedar River put-in as well as Pine Lake, and Clear, Mud, and Corner ponds. The new parking area also cuts a half mile off the walking from the Hudson River take-out upstream of the Indian River.

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, online at www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.

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