Thursday, July 18, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (July 18)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round.

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SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

** indicates new or revised items.

** HOT WEATHER: Temperatures in the 90s this week are a reminder that outdoor recreationist should take steps to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion. Carry plenty of water, drink frequently and rest often – children and older people are more susceptible to dehydration, so for their sake rest often and encourage them to drink plenty of water.

** FIRE DANGER RAISED TO MODERATE: The fire danger has been raised to MODERATE. Campfires are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness at all times. Numerous wildfires burned around the Adirondack region this spring. It is illegal to leave a fire unattended until it is fully extinguished. Use care with open fires.

** LIGHTNING SAFETY REMINDER: The possibility of encountering thunderstorms is raised at this time of year. There is NO safe place outside in a thunderstorm, follow local weather closely and avoid storms. Hundreds of people are killed or permanently injured each year by being struck by lightning. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance so seek safe shelter immediately. If you are caught outdoors away from the safety of cars or buildings, then avoid open fields, hill-tops, and isolated trees, and stay away from water. You should never be above treeline or on water when there is lightning.

** KNOW THE LATEST WEATHER: Check the weather before entering the woods and be aware of weather conditions at all times. The National Weather Service (NWS) at Burlington and Albany cover the Adirondack region. NWS Burlington provides a weather forecast for elevations above 3,000 feet and spot forecasts for the summits of a handful of the highest peaks in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. [LINK]

** WATER LEVELS ABOVE NORMAL: Local rivers and streams are still running above normal. The Saranac and Raquette Rivers continue to run at well-above normal levels. Recent rains mean areas that are normally dry or have little water at this time of year may be wet or have standing water. Low water crossings may not be passable after local storms. Paddlers should be aware of debris that may have been washed into rivers and streams after recent heavy rains and very high waters.

** SOME TRAILS REMAIN WET AND MUDDY: Although many trails are drying out, some trails around the region continue to be wet and muddy after considerable recent rains, especially in low lying areas and near waterbodies. Wear appropriate footwear, stay on the trail, and hike through muddy areas to avoid widening the trails or creating herd paths.

** LOCAL WATER TEMPERATURES: The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the upper-60s; Lake Champlain is in the lower-70s; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 83 degrees.

RECENT CHANGES IN THE ADIRONDACK BACKCOUNTRY

These are recent changes (within the last two weeks) to outdoor recreation roads, trails and facilities around the Adirondacks.

** indicates new or revised items this week.

HIGH PEAKS – LAKE PLACID REGION
Including, Wilmington, Keene, Western High Peaks

** Route 73 Emergency Road Repairs: Department of Transportation is making emergency road repairs on Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead. Traffic has been reduced to one lane of alternating one-way traffic.

** Black Brook Tract / Taylor Pond Wild Forest / Silver Lake Mountain: Logging is taking place and hikers and climbers accessing the Turnpike Road Trailhead should be prepared to encounter logging trucks on the road. DEC is asking users to park well off the road at at least 150 feet from the header.

SOUTHERN-CENTRAL ADIRONDACKS
West Canada Lakes, Fulton Chain, Long Lake, Speculator, Indian Lake

** Raquette Lake: The Clark’s Point lean-to in Sucker Brook Bay, just east of Indian Point, has been destroyed by fire.

** Indian Lake Road Closures: To accommodate the Adirondack Challenge on the Indian River this weekend, a portion of the Chain Lakes Road will be closed from Saturday through Monday. There will still be access to the transfer station and town beach.

** Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Lands: Jessup River Road and Old Military Road, beyond Sled Harborare, have been heavily eroded by recent thunderstorms and are not passable by motor vehicles. Those planning to hike Pillsbury Mountain should park their vehicle at Sled Harbor and hike from there. DEC plans to have the roads reopened in the next week or two once the roads have dried and DEC can undertake the necessary maintenance.

EASTERN-SOUTHEASTERN ADIRONDACKS
The Hudson, Schroon, Lake George, Champlain, Sacandaga, Washington Co

** Lake Champlain Algae Blooms: There is are large algae blooms reported in Corlear Bay at Chesterfield, and at the Port Douglas Boat Launch. There are also reports of blooms in the Ferrisburgh and Addison, VT areas of the main lake (opposite the Essex and Westport town line) and cyanobacteria have been confirmed at one of these locations. Anyone active on these areas of Lake Champlain should watch for and avoid 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.

** Saranac River Diversion in Plattsburgh: A dam to divert the Saranac River will be placed this week near the Plattsburgh Police Department on Pine Street in Plattsburgh to allow for cleanup of a portion of the river polluted by an old coal-tar pit from a former gas plant off Saranac Street. The steel and concrete diverting dam could be hazardous to those on the river and no trespassing signs have been erected. Downstream paddlers and tubers can exit the river at the sign near 90 Pine Street, portage down Pine Street to the Kennedy Bridge on Broad Street and re-enter the water. Police are saying they will arrest those violating the no-trespassing signs. Local officials say the area will be off-limits for the rest of the summer.

** Lake Sunnyside Algae Bloom: A large localized blue-green algae bloom has been confirmed in Lake Sunnyside, Warren 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.

Lake George Invasives Transport Laws: Essex County enacted an invasive species transport law for Lake George. The law, which takes effect immediately, applies to the portion of the Lake George basin that lies within Essex County including the Mossy Point Boat Launch. A similar law passed in Warren County in 2011; Washington County lawmakers have twice rejected the passage of a similar law.

Santanoni Historic Preserve: Reconstruction of the stonewalls on the second of the three stone bridges (3.2 miles from the trailhead) on the Newcomb Lake Road is underway and will continue into the fall. This work should not have significant impacts on movement along the road. As part of ongoing construction work steel plates have been placed on the surface of the Honeymoon Bridge located about 1.2 miles from the trailhead. This may create a slippery, unsafe surface for bikers and horses.

Eastern Lake George Wild Forest: Vehicles with low clearance should use caution on the Dacy Clearing Road, as there are some rough spots.

NORTHERN-NORTHWESTERN ADIRONDACKS
Santa Clara, Tupper and Saranac Lakes, St. Regis, Lake Lila

** Franklin Falls Bridge Closure: The Fanklin County bridge that spans the Saranac River at the outlet of Franklin Falls Pond northeast of Saranac Lake (east of Bloomingdale on Route 3) will be closed to all traffic beginning on or about July 29. The bridge is being replaced, a project that will keep the bridge closed to traffic for about three weeks.

** Saranac River Diversion in Plattsburgh: A dam to divert the Saranac River will be placed this week near the Plattsburgh Police Department on Pine Street in Plattsburgh to allow for cleanup of a portion of the river polluted by an old coal-tar pit from a former gas plant off Saranac Street. The steel and concrete diverting dam could be hazardous to those on the river and no trespassing signs have been erected. Downstream paddlers and tubers can exit the river at the sign near 90 Pine Street, portage down Pine Street to the Kennedy Bridge on Broad Street and re-enter the water. Police are saying they will arrest those violating the no-trespassing signs. Local officials say the area will be off-limits for the rest of the summer.

** Route 73 Emergency Road Repairs: Department of Transportation is making emergency road repairs on Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead. Traffic has been reduced to one lane of alternating one-way traffic.

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General warnings and announcements drawn from DEC, NWS, NOAA, USGS, and other sources. Additional detailed Adirondack Park camping, hiking, and outdoor recreation information can be found at DEC’s webpages. A DEC map of the Adirondack Park can also be found online [pdf].

The DEC Trails Supporter Patch is available for $5 at all outlets where sporting licenses are sold, on-line and via telephone at 1-866-933-2257. Patch proceeds will help maintain and enhance non-motorized trails throughout New York State.

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