Roads close; canoe reroute coming

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Transportation will close part of a popular canoe route this summer, and many seasonal roads and snowmobile have been closed for mud season.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced in its weekly Outdoor Recreation Bulletin that DOT would be replacing a culvert under state Route 30 that connects Little Follensby Pond to Fish Creek Ponds. There will be a temporary canoe carry, but the DEC said paddlers may just want to choose a different route.

“Spider Creek is the waterway that flows out of Follensby Clear Pond to Fish Creek Ponds,” the DEC wrote. “During the construction, watercraft will not be able to pass through the culvert. A temporary canoe carry to bypass the culvert may be established, but people visiting the area should consider using existing canoe routes that avoid this culvert entirely. The culvert may be closed for the entire 2019 construction season. When construction is complete, the culvert can be used once again for paddling.”

The DEC also said that gates across access roads and trails in Herkimer, Jefferson, Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties have been closed, and that snowmobilers should check with local clubs for trail conditions. The DEC has also closed the C8 and C7B snowmobile trails in the Saranac Lakes and Debar Mountain wild forests.

In the central Adirondacks, there is a logging operation taking place on conservation easement lands near the Northville-Placid Trail. Logging trucks will cross the trail at one point, and there is a 100-foot buffer on each side of the trail.

In the Lake George region, many of the gates have been closed for mud season, and all of the climbing routes on Shelving Rock and Sleeping Beauty mountains are closed for peregrine falcon nesting season. Many rock climbing routes in the Adirondacks, were closed as of April 1, and a full list of closures can be found on the DEC’s website.

All of the snowmobile gates and many road gates have been closed in the Black River Wild Forest in the southwestern Adirondacks. The DEC plans to install a new bridge on the Loop Road at North Lake after a major washout made the road impassible.