Thursday, August 8, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Aug 8)


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SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

** indicates new or revised items.

** 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]

** MOST WATERS RUNNING AT NORMAL LEVELS: Although Lake Champlain is almost two feet above average for this time of year, most local rivers and streams continue to run at or just above normal levels for this time of year. Afternoon thundershowers could cause water levels to rise locally, making low water crossings impassable and drainages fill with water.

** SOME TRAILS REMAIN WET AND MUDDY: Although many trails have dried out, some trails around the region continue to be wet and muddy due to a wet July, 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 Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington is  about 71 degrees, the water temperature at Diamond Island is about 66 degrees; the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has fallen to about 74 degrees.

** FIRE DANGER LOW: The fire danger is LOW. 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.

** ALL CLIMBING ROUTES HAVE REOPENED:  All rock climbing routes are now open. DEC and volunteers have been monitoring peregrine nesting sites and the climbing community has been cooperating in avoiding the closed cliffs and routes while the peregrine falcons nested and raised their young. Information on the number of successful nest sites and number of falcons fledged will be posted shortly.  If you have any questions on peregrine falcons contact the DEC Region 5 Wildlife Office at 518-897-1291.

** ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON FORECAST: NOAA issued its updated Atlantic hurricane season outlook today saying the season is shaping up to be above normal with the possibility that it could be very active. The season has already produced four named storms, with the peak of the season – mid-August through October – yet to come.

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

** Giant Mountain Wilderness: All rock climbing routes on Lower Washbowl Cliffs near Chapel Pond are open, peregrine falcon nesting activity has ended for the season.

** McKenzie Mountain Wilderness: All rock climbing routes on Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch are open, peregrine falcon nesting activity has ended for the season.

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.

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

** Moose River Plains Wild Forest: The washout in the Indian Lake Road has been repaired and the road is open to the Squaw Lake trailhead.

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 should be reopening the roads soon, once they have dried out and DEC can undertake the necessary maintenance.

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

** Lake Champlain Algae Blooms: Small amounts of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) were reported from the northeastern side of Grand Isle and the eastern shore of inner St. Albans Bay in Vermont. Conditions on Missisquoi Bay vary with location. Large amounts of cyanobacteria have been reported from locations in the middle of Missisquoi Bay and along the northern shoreline in Quebec.  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.

** Lake Sunnyside Algae Bloom: A large localized blue-green algae bloom continues to be reported in Lake Sunnyside, Warren County in mid-July. 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.

** Eastern Lake George Wild Forest – Shelving Rock: Campsites in the Shelving Rock area can not be reserved. The designated campsites are considered backcountry or primitive campsites on Forest Preserve lands and are not part of the Lake George Islands Campground. The campsites can be obtained on a first come, first served basis and used in accordance with the State Land Camping and Hiking Rules.

** Eastern Lake George Wild Forest – Shelving Rock: All rock climbing routes on the Main Wall of Shelving Rock are open, peregrine falcon nesting activity has ended for the season. (8/5)

Saranac River Diversion in Plattsburgh: A dam to divert the Saranac River has been placed 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.

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

** Lake Champlain Water Level High: The lake level is almost 2 feet above average for this time of year.

** 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.

** Saranac Lakes Wild Forest: All rock climbing routes on Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch are open, peregrine falcon nesting activity has ended for the year.

** Taylor Pond Wild Forest: All rock climbing routes on Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain’s Main Face are open as peregrine falcon nesting activity has ended for the season.

** Blue Green Algae Bloom in Black Lake: A blue-green algae bloom with a high level of toxins has been confirmed in Black Lake, St. Lawrence 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.

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) has been closed to all traffic. 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 has been placed 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.

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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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