The purposes for which the association is organized are:

  • To preserve, enhance, and protect the quality of the waters of Upper Saranac Lake, the natural beauty and environment surrounding the lake, the adjoining waters and the Upper Saranac Lake watershed, and adjacent lands and forests.
  • To encourage and assist members, and the general public in improving the recreational enjoyment of these waters and lands in a responsible manner, without degrading or deteriorating the natural state of these resources.
  • To advocate laws, policies, and regulations which protect natural resources and cause individuals who live on or near the lake to use the lake for recreational activities in a responsible manner.
  • To advocate cooperative efforts among local and state political jurisdictions, lake shore associations, and private interests in causing fairness in taxation, in stimulating economic stability, and in promoting the common good.
  • To organize and function as a model to other like-minded lakeshore associations and to provide, when requested, assistance, encouragement, and cooperation to these organizations.
  • To promote and educate the membership about the historic culture of Upper Saranac Lake, which is the basis for improving the fragile relationship that humans have with the natural resources and ecosystems of the lake’s environment.

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. –Henry David Thoreau

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Latest Update on the Fireboat

Jon Landsberg, Vice President The Ad Hoc committee, set up to determine the course of action regarding the fireboat, presented its interim report to the full board of the USLA at the teleconference board meeting held on April 12th. The report outlined the research that had been done by members of the committee to determine […]

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Kinney’s Opens Adirondack Health’s Wellness Center in Tupper Lake

At the Healthy You Wellness Center, patients are treated for common medical conditions, such as upper respiratory and sinus infections, bronchitis and sore throats, ear and eye infections and urinary tract infections. Operated by Adirondack Health Regional Medical, P.C., the Healthy You Wellness Center is a collaborative effort between Adirondack Health and Kinney Drugs. The […]

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APA Oks Lake Clear Cell Phone Tower

The new tower will be placed off of Forest Home Road in the Town of Harrietstown. The new 4G tower will cover the hamlet of Lake Clear, 10 miles west along state Route 30 past the hamlet of Saranac Inn, and along the west side of Upper Saranac Lake to the Fish Creek area. Verizon […]

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Long-Time USLA Member Peggy Michaud Has Passed Away

Peggy and husband Neil were long-time residents on Bartlett Carry Road. No details are available.

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Friends of Eagle Island hosts informal Discussion on May 29

Friends of Eagle Island will be holding an informal discussion and presentation on Sunday, May 29 at 3pm at the: Town of Santa Clara Community Center 5367 State Route 30 There will be a “photo walking tour” slide show, maps and other schematics. This is a time for the community to get to know our […]

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Long-time USLA member Nolan Powell passes away

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The Paddlers Freshet Fest June 10-11

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is hosting a paddling festival in Saranac Lake on June 10-11. The Paddlers Freshet Fest will include guided trips on area waters, clinics at Lake Colby, and dinner and presentations at Mount Pisgah ski lodge. The event is in partnership with several area businesses and nonprofits. Register at www.northernforestcanoetrail.com by […]

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Fire at Young Life’s Saranac Village Saturday Night

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First Annual EatADK Restaurant Week May 13-22

The first annual EatADK Restaurant Week is happening May 13 – May 22 with over 20 Lake Placid restaurants participating. Check out the website at EATADK.com for a list of restaurants and their three course prix fixe dinner menus for $15, $25, $35 or $55. You will also find a calendar of special events occurring […]

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Check out our Classifieds for missing or found docks, canoes, etc.

If you are missing a dock or found a dock/canoe, etc., please email [email protected] and we will post it under Classifieds. Take a picture if you can and send it too.

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Then followed that beautiful season … Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape. Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The Upper Saranac Lake Association, Inc. is an organization whose membership is made up of property owners and others who care deeply about the well being of Upper Saranac Lake and it’s surrounding watershed. The USLA is an important part of what makes our lake special and your participation is vital to our success. Having a large and active membership makes us an effective force in dealing with the variety of issues affecting our community. Together we get the attention of those whose decisions affect the quality of our time here on the lake.The modest membership fee of $45 also provides a variety of activities arranged by our cultural affairs committee, a top notch website, newsletters, email alerts and many other benefits.

Your Membership dues enable the Association to:

  • Provide a variety of cultural and group events
  • Provide communications via our newsletters and emails
  • Maintain strong relationships with the surrounding community
  • Maintain a resource-rich web site
  • Offer free boater safety and CPR/First Air training courses
  • Represent the lake community to the APA, DEC and other municipal bodies
  • Provide a webcam showing lake conditions throughout the year
  • Hold two membership meetings a year with outstanding programs
  • Services of a dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers who look out for your interests on everything from safety to property assessments to improved 911 services
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What do you think we should do with the Fireboat? Keep it or sell it?

Please read the update on our News page by Jon Landsberg before commenting.

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USLA Decal?

I’m proud to support the efforts of USLA even though I’m not a camp resident as I spend many happy hours fishing on the lake each summer. I would like to know if USLA offers a decal that I could place on my boat or vehicle to show that support?

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Reception for Dr. Nina Schoch and the Loon Project

You are invited to a reception for Dr. Nina Schoch and the Loon Project, on Friday, 28 August, from 5-7 PM, at the home of Ellen and Michael Bettmann, 628 Panther Ledge (the last drive on the left as you start down the hill toward the marsh on Panther Mountain Road). Dr Schoch, of the […]

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Cocktail Reception to Meet the Executive Director of the Adirondack Museum

For Generations The Campaign for the Adirondack Museum You are invited to a small cocktail reception hosted by museum friend Brian Del Toro As the institution honors its past while implementing exciting changes, your thoughts and input are of great importance to us Please join in a conversation with museum Executive Director David Kahn Sunday, […]

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Loon Census Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, July 18th is our Annual Loon Census – from 8am – 9am. It’s fun and simple – just doing what you already enjoy – watching the loons. The only difference is you’ll count them at one specific time. Our lake has been the largest lake to have 100% coverage for 6 years! I will […]

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Boat Launch Completed?

Does anyone know if the work on the boat launch at the north end is completed? The DEC plans to be there on the 16th/17th to inspect boats for drainage.

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EMS Coverage in Harrietstown Portion

If the Harrietstown Town Council doesn’t change its mind, the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad will no longer be providing Emergency Medical Service/ambulance coverage in the portions of the Town it has since 2008. Both the Town and the Ambulance neglected to renew the enabling contract at the end of 2009. The Ambulance […]

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Need plumber recommendations

We need to install a filter for iron on our water supply Need a plumber Any recommendations?

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dock sale

Instead of a garage sale we should have a dock sale.Every one can clean out camps and boat houses.We will meet a lot of lake residents and find many treasures.

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Cam lens needs cleaning!

I count on the live cam for my routine fix of USL sights, but find that the image has gotten pretty blurry (and I don’t think its just my computer). Would it be to much ask for a quick cleaning before the cold weather makes that too difficult?

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In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.-John Muir

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. -John Lubbock

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