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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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News

Santa Clara has new fire substation

The new Santa Clara fire substation is a branch of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Once members are trained, they hope to have a 6 to 10 minute response time. Currently 7 members are training with Carl Steffen, a licensed fire instructor. They will not be able to enter buildings or handle emergencies indoors […]

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Posting your property with New York State Police

Since our last Mailboat was printed it has come to our attention that the information regarding the posting of your property has changed, as well as the mailing address. The new property request form is included with this update. Remember that the program runs from October until May and your property must be plowed out […]

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APA gives Tupper Lake Resort two permits

From the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Adirondack Club and Resort developers received their first two permits from the state Adirondack Park Agency on Sept. 29, allowing them to close on sales of luxury housing lots and begin construction of a road connecting the lots to Lake Simond Road in Tupper Lake.

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Trailheads for Cascade, Porter and Pitchoff (West) Mountains Relocated for Busy Columbus Day Weekend

A temporary trailhead and parking area will be located at Mt. Van Hoevenberg Sports Complex to ensure public safety for Columbus Day weekend.

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Judge Makes Decision on Proposed Rail Trail

Judge Main has made a decision in favor of preserving the rail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. and

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Your Septic System

The USLA and the USF have collaborated to produce The Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Maintenance. Also posted here is an article about how your septic system works, published by Cornell Extension Office.

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Eagle Island at Plein Air festival

About a dozen Plein Air artists visited Eagle Island to paint in Wednesday, August 16th. Their lovely creations will be featured at the Plein Air Art Festival in Saranac Lake on Friday evening and all day Saturday August 18th and 19th, at city hall. See LINK.

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Draft of Saranac Lakes Wild Forest UMP (updated 8/12/17)

Please send comments to the DEC. To read the SLWF UMP, . For USF’s comments, and for USLA’s comments, .

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Tupper Lake Street Festival

When: Aug 5th 12:00pm Venue: Park Street Address: 121 Park Street, Tupper Lake, New York Rates/Admission: Free http://www.tupperlake.com/events/tupper-lake-street-festival

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Adirondack Fish Hatchery Tour

Join Guy Middleton, USF Lake Manager, for a tour of the Adirondack Fish Hatchery. The NYSDEC and the Foundation have worked together to make the Hatchery, “Lake Friendly”. We now want to share the progress made by offering a complete tour of the Hatchery. Learn about and see the procedures being implemented to protect USL […]

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Mountain Lake PBS featured Eagle Island on the Mountain Lake Journal

Mountain Lake PBS featured Eagle Island on the Mountain Lake Journal on Friday, July 14. It can be accessed on the internet at https://mountainlake.org/eagle-island-new-lease-on-life/.

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Young Life’s Community Day

Young Life will be hosting their Annual Community Day on August 13, 14, and 15 where we will offer a chance to parasail and take a historical tour around camp. Please register at the link below. Register fast as spots are limited and are first come, first served. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeU4zIzuH9dOr8ju2x2LwIBOKfP-yGZtCv_j6dXY_RfZo5nFQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

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July 1 Wooden Boat Parade has been cancelled and rescheduled for July 4th

The USLA Wooden Boat Parade has been rescheduled to Tuesday July 4th at 10 am due to weather problems expected on July 1st. The reception at Back Bay will take place at 11 am following the parade. We hope to see you on July 4th.

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Fireworks – July 3 at The Point

Viewing is only from the Lake by boat as in years past. A minimum of 500’ setback is required from the Firework company from the point of discharge. In years past, boats have been entirely too close. Start time is late, typically sometime around 10:30-11:15.

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Just Received Word that Edward Stafford Passed Away Last Fall

To read obituary, CLICK HERE.

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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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Membership

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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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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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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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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