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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Fireworks at The Point July 3

Fireworks will begin around 10:30 pm. Please stay 75-100 off of the shoreline.

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Rreview DEC’s proposed final version of the UMP to the APA

The DEC has submitted a proposed final version of this Unit Management Plan to the Adirondack Park Agency for review. The Adirondack Park Agency is taking comments until July 13, 2018 on whether the proposals in the UMP comply with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Please go to the APA webpage to view […]

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National Weather Service issues cold water warning

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The National Weather Service issued a safety message about the potential danger of cold water for this weekend in Vermont and northeastern New York. “Warm afternoon air temperatures this weekend in the lower to mid 70s may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures which are currently only […]

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St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower Centennial Celebration August 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Location and Event Sponsor: Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat at 1:30 pm Other Events: July 28: 2-3:15 pm Paul Smith’s College VIC History of Fire Towers by Marty Podskoch Sept. 1: 9 pm Fifth Annual Lighting of NYS Fire Towers

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New Bandshell Frame Going up in TL’s Municipal Park

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Wildlife Conservation Society closing its Adirondack Program

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Are Pesticides Killing our Flying Insects?

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All Local School Budgets Passed

The Saranac Lake School budget passed 314 to 39. School buses: 313 yes, 36 no. Library proposition: 296 yes, 51 no. There will be little or no increase in school taxes this year.

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The following letter was received from the Upper Saranac Foundation this afternoon. We are very grateful for the action of the USF and the state and local authorities who have responded. We will update you on this web site if we receive any additional information. May 8, 2018 To all Upper Saranac Lake Residents: On […]

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Sinkhole on Bartlett Carry Road

According to the police report, “Firefighters also responded on Sunday morning at 11:15 to a report of a sinkhole forming by the side of the dam on the Bartlett Carry Road. They sandbagged the sinkhole and also around the dam…”

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The USLA Board of Directors is still seeking input to the strategic planning process. If you’ve already filled out the survey, thank you. Your feedback will make a difference. If you haven’t had a chance to fill it out, please do so now – it takes less than 8 minutes! Your feedback will help us […]

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What does drowning really look like?

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Ice out May 2nd!

This is the latest on record for USL! Be safe on the water.

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Public Comment Period Open for State Environmental Invasive Species Plan

A public comment period will be open through June 1 on DEC’s draft Invasive Species Management Plan. The proposal contains a dozen recommendations for New York State to undertake to manage these environmental threats, which have an estimated cost to the Adirondacks of $900 million if these species are allowed to spread. The draft plan […]

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The Upper Saranac Lake Association Board of Directors is conducting a strategic planning process to review its mission, vision and goals to better serve its members and stakeholders. We urge you to take a few minutes to complete this survey to help us know how we can better meet your needs: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/USLASurvey2018 To help us […]

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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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of Saranac Lake interest

I’ve been vacationing in the Saranac Lake region all of my life and have an affinity for the area and its history. Of possible interest to you as it is to me, visit the Historic Saranac Lake website and, when in town, stop by the HSL Museum on Church Street.

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Canoe trips for 10-14 year olds

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Organization arrange guided five day canoe trips for 10-14 year olds. The ADK trips are run by Raquette River Outfitters and they do a great job. My youngest, now 14, has attended the past two summers and will go again this July, reuniting w/friends made on previous trips. (The first time […]

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Web cam back up

In the switch to a new Spectrum moden, connection to the USLA web cam was lost. It took several days to fix but it now back up and running. By the way, if you have not yet switched out your old Time Warner modem for a Spectrum device, you should do so. With its new […]

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Adk Pollinator Project Activities

The Adirondack Pollinator Project (APP) is a blossoming new initiative of AdkAction in partnership with The Wild Center, The Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and Common Ground Gardens, that features an extensive program of educational activities and events throughout the summer. The program will kick off at area farmers’ markets and The Wild Center during National […]

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web cam view restsored

Yesterday I was able to get some strong guys with saws to cut down the damaged birch which had been hampering the USLA web cam view since an ice storm damaged the tree. At 6 p.m., we were rewarded with an incredible double rainbow which lasted for a full 45 minutes. Hope some of you […]

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tree blocking webcam view

Hi all, this is Marsha Stanley. My husband Tom Curley and I host the USLA web cam. I just want you to know that we are aware of the leaning birch blocking the view. My caretaker is looking into whether the trees might be saved of if we will have to cut it down. You […]

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My First Monarch

Yesterday, Aug. 6, I spotted my first monarch of the season in my butterfly garden. She’s in this picture: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B801E2GqCUBPMXBtaTM3YklWX0E/view?usp=sharing

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lecture on future of monarchs

Just a reminder that Dr. Lincoln Brower, eminent monarch butterfly scientist, will lecture at The Wild Center at 6 p.m. Wed. If you can’t be here, the talk will be live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/events/187516778329417/ and here www.wildcenter.org/live. It also will be archived on The Wild Center website for later viewing.

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Water testing?

Hi, my husband and I purchased the guidehouse on Indian Carry Road a few years ago. Although it was built in the 1890s, it hasn’t been occupied for more than a few months a year for decades. I’d like to get the water supply tested. If you have any experience/advice to share I’d love to […]

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Grummond Aluminum Canoe

it was left on dock and wind carried it off sometime last week.Says Wister in it ,if founf please return to camp 190 on Whiney Point.891-0819

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Enter the Adirondack Carousel’s Auction for a 1939 Chris Craft

The Adirondack Carousel is auctioning off a classic 16′ 1939 Chris Craft Utility Mahogany Boat with trailer. The auction will take place at the Carouselathon, on August 13 at the Carousel Bloomingdale Avenue and Depot Street, Saranac Lake. For more information, see the Carousel’s website: http://www.adirondackcarousel.org/.

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Adirondack Garden Club Flower Show

Mountain and Valleys – Heaven Hill Farm, 302 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid July 19 from 3 to 5; July 20 from 9 to 2 pm Floral Designs, Horticulture Entries, Photographs, Conservation Exhibits Free and Open to the Public www.adirondackgardenclub.com

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Boat Mechanic

For about 6 or 7 years – with the exception of last year – we have had a boat mechanic come out to our camp at the beginning of each season to prep our boat (battery, lube change, spark plugs etc.) and sometimes drop it into the lake depending on which family member had a […]

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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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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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