Lake Algonquin

Lake Algonquin is the center of the small hamlet of Wells, easily seen from Route 30, with a few nice boating access points.

Wells is a nice hamlet stretching for about three miles along Lake Algonquin, a town owned lake that is yet another dammed up part of the Sacandaga River. To the north, there’s a small but free sandy town lake beach at the foot of the Route 30 bridge. Also, the town maintains a free dock and boat launch on the west side of the lake.

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Good afternoon. 63 degrees and cloudy this afternoon at Lake Algonquin. Went for a minor swim in the Sacandaga River before they turned the hydro plant on this morning. Those rocks tend to be slick on the shore. I was fishing there but once the plant ramped up the turbidity of the stream really increased. So now I’m fishing on the lake.

Been camping the past two nights up towards the end of Pumpkin Hollow Road up in Wells. Been somewhat cloudy but not a washout. Sprinkles most of this morning. But some sun yesterday. Spent a lot of time reading book on fishing in an effort to improve my technique. Been a nice quiet weekend.

It strikes me strange to  be posting that it is May 21st. But today’s modestly warm afternoon weather definitely feels more like late May then past weeks. 68 degrees and mostly cloudy in Wells, NY.

Caught and tossed back in a pretty good sized brown trout out of the Sacandaga River, down by the Wells dam. Then despite getting many bites I kept losing them.

Black fly season. I’ve soaked my cowboy hat with DEET, which seems to be controlling the black flies fine. Also wearing long sleeves and in a relatively high location, away from swamps which is helping. Once dusk is over, black flies go to bed. Honestly there not as bad as I’ve seen them some years.

Good afternoon! Happy Sunday. Currently 46 degrees and partly with a 14 mph south wind, with gusts up to 21 mph. The wind chill value is currently 40. Not a half bad day for watching the Adirondack Motorclub Ice Race in Wells on Lake Algonquin.

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 46. South wind around 8 mph. Tonight the sun will set at 5:42 pm with darkness around 6:11 pm, which is 1 minutes and 16 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 11 hours and 10 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 55 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

There are 3 months, 13 days until Flag Day when the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm (Daylight Savings Time).

Last night I spent up a few miles south of the Fox Lair campsite at the campsite I like off of NY 8 that is a little less windy and with less road noise than Fox Lair and a good hill to use as a back stop for shooting. Spent a good amount of ammo this morning but it’s been a while since I’ve done a lot of shooting. The 22 doesn’t hurt but the 20 gauge does if you shoot it enough. I know, I’m a girl.

Has a nice campfire last night and I actually ran an electric extension cord back to the campsite and had my flag lit. I also made up several lumieres using white paper bags and candles. They were pretty and created some pretty back light.

Watching the Adirondack Motorclub Ice Race is pretty neat, watching the cars spin out. One car got stuck, there was a yellow flag and several cars almost crashed.

I also hiked back to Griffin Falls this morning. It’s been warm enough that they weren’t real frozen but still had a lot of water going over them.

It wasn’t my original plan, but I decided I didn’t feel like hiking Spruce Mountain as I didn’t sleep real well and felt a bit sore as I repeatly slipped and fell on the icy ground at the campsite. I also want to get home at a reasonable hour.