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Here is your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend from John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack.
The weather has turned cooler in the Adirondacks. Although temperatures have been known to reach the freezing mark in the first week of July, September is typically the month in which the thermometer first reaches below 32 degrees. The danger of hypothermia increases dramatically below 40 degrees, so follow weather forecasts closely and be prepared for the possibility of encountering colder temperatures.
Despite the cooler weather, lake water temperatures will remain warm for swimming through the weekend. Arbutus Lake in Newcomb is about 67 degrees; Lake Champlain is about 69; Great Sacandaga Lake about 71; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 75 degrees.
Rivers and streams are notably cooler. The Ausable River is mostly in the upper 50s. Rivers and streams remain at seasonal lows, about normal for this time of year. The streamgage at North Creek is just under 3 feet, and the Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is just about 94 and a half feet.
Most DEC campgrounds have closed for the season although some remain open through October 13th, including in the central Adirondacks Eighth Lake, the Indian Lake Islands, Lake Durant, and Lewey Lake; at Lake George the Narrows, the Lake George Battleground, and Rogers Rock are open. Meacham Lake, Wilmington Notch, Lake Eaton, and Cranberry Lake also remain open, as well as the Saranac Lake Islands. The Putnam Pond Campground near Ticonderoga closed early for a paving project, but the Paradox Lake and Ausable Point campgrounds will remain open until October 26th, as will Fish Creek where the boat launch is pulling double duty now that the Upper Saranac Boat Launch has closed for a major overhaul.
The Whiteface Memorial Highway is also undergoing a major re-construction project. The Toll Road will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays through October 5th, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, but expect minor delays.
Over at Hurricane Mountain, the trail from Route 9N has been rerouted, around areas flooded by beaver activity.
Down in the Black River Wild Forest, the Chubb Pond and Gull Lake trails are heavily rutted and muddy due to illegal ATV use.At Fourth Lake more than 3,000 paddlers are expected to take part in the One Square Mile of Hope fundraiser's attempt to break a Guinness record on Saturday. Registration will be at Arrowhead Park in Inlet, so expect heavy use there.
There is some good news for outdoor recreationists in the High Peaks Region. The state has purchased the McIntyre West Tract, adjacent the High Peaks Wilderness, from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. The tract includes Mount Andrew, Lake Andrew, Santanoni Brook into Henderson Lake, and Sucker Brook into Newcomb Lake – it will also improve camping access to the Santanoni Range. These new lands, part of the Finch, Pruyn Purchase, will be open to the public beginning October 1st.And finally this week, the sun has been in a very active phase this week, and that may provide opportunities to see the Northern Lights this weekend. The most intense period is expected to be Saturday, but the forecast is cloudy, so tonight and early tomorrow may be your best opportunity.
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