NYSDEC Announcement for
From the daily bulletin, we received some great tips and feedback from the NYSDEC if you plan on heading outdoors for some fun this weekend. In ther Adirondacks, it will be a beautiful and hot summer weekend. I’m sure we’ll all be taking advantage of the weather and spending some quality time outdoors. Before you do and make those plans, be sure to get informed on the current conditions outdoors and what you can do to have fun while being safe.
“Be Prepared. Trails are a mixture of dry and mud following recent storms and rain. Wear waterproof shoes and walk through mud, not around it, to protect trail edges. Temperatures will be lower on high summits, and many exposed summits will be windy. Pack extra layers of clothing. Check the National Weather Service Northern Adirondacks and Southern Adirondacks Mountain Point Forecasts for selected summits. If conditions become unfavorable, turn around. You can always complete your hike another day.Before you hit the trail, check out DEC’s Hike Smart NY page to learn about safety, best practices, and preparedness.While recreating in the Adirondacks, please follow the Hiker Responsibility Code and avoid busy trailheads. Discover trails less traveled and visit when trails may not be as busy.
Use Caution. Many Adirondack trails encounter water crossings and not all of them have bridges. Use caution at crossings and on trails along fast flowing brooks and rivers.
Hiking with Dogs: DEC warns against bringing dogs hiking in the summer, especially in warm to hot temperatures and on bright sunny days. Dogs hiking in warm temperatures are at risk of experiencing heat exhaustion and death – especially older, larger, and overweight dogs and dogs who are not use to strenuous physical activity. In addition to air temperature, scalding rocks on exposed hikes can quickly raise a dog’s body temperature. If your dog does collapse, quickly move to create shade for the dog, cool their feet and stomach, and give them time to rest and rehydrate. If you do bring your dog hiking, bring lots of water for them, give them frequent opportunities to rest and hydrate, monitor them closely, and turn around if they start to show signs of distress.
Several rock climbing routes remain closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Check the status of rock climbing routes in the Adirondacks.
Help protect heat-stressed trout and salmon during summer months. During the hot days of summer, it is important to remember that trout and salmon experience serious physical stress whenever water temperatures climb above 70° Fahrenheit.
Anglers can help protect New York’s trout population by taking the following precautions:
- Avoid catch and release fishing for heat-stressed trout. Trout already weakened by heat stress are at risk of death no matter how carefully they are handled.
- Don’t disturb trout where they have gathered in unusually high numbers. It is likely these fish are recovering from heat stress in a pocket of cold water.
- Fish early. Stream temperatures are at their coolest in the early morning.
- Be prepared with a backup plan. Have an alternate fishing plan ready in case water temperatures are too high at the intended destination. Consider fishing a water body that is less prone to heat stress or fishing for a more heat-tolerant species like smallmouth bass.”