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Here are the outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Leaves are at or near the peak of change in the Central Adirondacks, and near peak at the periphery of the Adirondack Park.
The trails have dried some, and the fire danger remains moderate. Remember days are shorter, so plan your trips into the backcountry accordingly.
Rivers and streams are running seasonably low. Although Lake Champlain remains about a foot above normal for this time of year, if you are a late season boater remember that many shallow, danger, and channel marker buoys are being pulled from lakes around the region. Know the area in which you travel and give a wide berth to unmarked underwater hazards.
Water temperatures remain relatively warm. The AuSable River in Wilmington is in the upper-50s. Lake Champlain water temperature has fallen to about 60 degrees, the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 70, and Great Sacandaga Lake is in the mid-60s.
A reminder that some hunting seasons have opened and others will open shortly and you may encounter hunters on the trails. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare, but hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution and be sure to keep pets leased and on the trail.
Hunters at the Santa Clara Tract Easement Lands (the former Champion Lands) should be aware that public access from Route 458 is unavailable at this time. DEC continues to work to reopen public access to this area. Also, the bridge over Quebec Brook on Blue Mountain Road remains closed for repairs.
And elsewhere, a new bridge has been built over Roaring Brook on the Duck Hole-Henderson Lake Trail.
Last week I mentioned that black bear’s are more active at this time of year, and this week DEC issued a warning to hikers on the Northville-Placid Trail of a few aggressive bears between Wakely Pond and Stephens Pond in the Blue Ridge Wilderness.
Visitors there are advised to stay in groups, make plenty of noise as you travel through that area, hike only during daylight and keep food, trash, and toiletries in bear proof canisters overnight.
If you are approached by a bear do not run, stand tall, wave you arms, clap and shout. If you have a close encounter with a bear, notify the DEC. Harassment of humans by bears is a rarity in the Adirondacks, but if you expect to travel in bear country, learn and practice the principles of avoiding bear encounters.
It’s going to be a great fall weekend, so get out there and enjoy it!
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