Low water levels in the Adirondacks are causing problems for boats and boaters. While we've seen considerable amounts of rain over the last few weeks, the same is not true for the Adirondacks. In fact, the NY Department of Conservation says the water levels in some places have been a problem.

The Saranac Chain of Lakes, the Saranac River, and connected waterways are so shallow many have reported damage to propellers and lower units of boat motors from striking rocks, logs, stumps, or the bottom. The DEC says their best advice is to stay in the channel and avoid all hazard buoys. When traveling in unfamiliar territory, proceed slowly and trim motors up.

Also of note, the Lower Lock in the Saranac Lakes Chain will only be staffed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the remainder of summer. The lock will be open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.


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