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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  • April 1, 2014
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We would like to share information in the May newsletter for members as they plan their summer or to give to guests. What a great way to experience our wonderful lake and the Adirondacks! Please send a description and a picture if appropriate of your special places to the Mailboat editor – Lynne Perry. [email protected] […]

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 a homeowner’s association. Membership dues and contributions are not tax deductible. This allows the association to take political stands with elected officials at the local and state level. For this reason, the more members we have, the greater influence the USLA will have when we talk with government entities.

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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  • December 12, 2013
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I love the new website but disappointed no webcam. Is it comimg back? The webcam is like being there when we are dreaming about the lake!

Fire Boat

The details of the TLVFD & SLVFD contracts are being finalized and they include the Fire Boat. As of 1/1/14 many things are going to change. The changes will be posted on the web site and in the next Mail Boat.

Fire Districts

  • December 9, 2013
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Santa Clara has switched to Tupper Lake VFD coverage for all fire protection. That’s fine, TLVFD has done a wonderful job for decades, but what are the Fire Boat implications? Will TL takeover the boat? Anyone?

Fall pike

  • October 30, 2013
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I’ve read that October is a good time for pike, but haven’t been able to find any this week. Any advice?

Thanks to Lynne Perry for a great Mailboat

  • October 27, 2013
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The USLA has been blessed in my years on the lake– and long before that, I am sure –by a stream of talented and dedicated volunteers. Lynne Perry stepped in to edit the Mailboat after several strong years of creative editing by Michael Franklin. What an attractive, interesting, picture-packed newsletter she gave us in October. […]


  • September 16, 2013
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My husband and I bought a case of cookbooks and we have 4 left. If anyone missed out and would like a $10.00 cookbook, please contact Jill at (315) 782-8360. I’ll be at camp over the Columbus Day weekend or if you’re willing to pay the postage, I’ll mail.

Boats too close to docks and swimmers

If anyone can assist me in helping create a safer environment for our swimmers and property. Several boats have been coming exceedingly close not only to our docks, but to people in the water, this is obviously creating a very unsafe environment. What is the policy regarding boats and shorelines? Also, is there a swim […]

Wind damage

Anyone have a specific report on which parts of the lake were affected by the strong winds? Anything around Pork Bay?

Dear Unintended

With respect, you’re kidding, right? Loons, other wild animals and domestic pets have already been through at least a dozen severe thunderstorms this Spring/Summer. Ground shaking thunder claps, flashes of lightening bolts, etc, etc. Come on, 20 minutes of fireworks is absolutely NOTHING by comparison. BTW, Loon distress calls (tremelo) during the night are regualr […]

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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