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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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USLA STRATEGIC PLANNING – COMPLETE THE SURVEY NOW! 

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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First Aid & CPR Classes for Summer 2018

SIGN UP & SAVE A LIFE… FIRST AID & CPR CLASSES are COMING BACK TO THE LAKE. Dates & Times: First Aid Tuesday July 17th. CPR Wednesday July 18th. Both classes run 5- 9 PM. Location: TBA in the next Mailboat. First Aid classes will cover: Topics including how to respond to an emergency, muscle, […]

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The New York Safe Boating Courses for 2018 season

The NYS Safe Boating Course is being taught once again at the Santa Clara Community Center. This year, the course will be given twice. Each course will be given in two days for 4 hours each day. Please note the new dates and times for the classes. WHEN: July 9 & 10th from 9 AM […]

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USLA Summer Events

Plans Heating Up for Summer Sally Ward, Cultural Affairs Chair Mark your calendars and start looking forward to another Saranac summer. There’s something for everyone! Whet your appetites with a preview of what’s on tap. July 22 – Historic Camp Tour – La Jeunesse (1916-1954) was an elite boys’ camp which is now in private […]

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Adirondack Council is requesting support to oppose budget cuts to the U.S. EPA

The Adirondack Council is requesting support to oppose budget cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Council is asking individuals to write Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand requesting a reversal to budget cuts that threaten critical research and monitoring programs for Adirondack Lakes. Included in their request is support for $250,000 for the Adk […]

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USLA Member Barbara Franklin has Article in Adirondack Life!

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Ice-skater skates length of USL

Dan Spada from Tupper Lake skated the length of USL recently wearing a video cam and posted this publicly on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/daniel.spada.501/videos/pcb.1386028018169596/1386026711503060/?type=3&theater

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‘Today’ show will come to Saranac Lake for Mazdzer luge watch party Thursday @7 am

Kerry Sanders from NBC’s “Today” show will be here for a watch party for local Winter Olympic medalist Chris Mazdzer in the luge team relay Thursday morning. Please arrive between 7 and 7:15 am at the Ice Palace. ROOST will supply an enormous television screen so people can see the luge teams’ Olympic runs, which […]

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5 places to cross-country ski — for free!

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NY DEC: Become and Outdoors Woman Program

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Hotel Saranac is Now Open!

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Adk Explorer: Cross-Country Ski Centers

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Our 2018 membership campaign has begun!

Join USLA for 2018! Last year we had 536 paying members. Let’s beat that number this year! CLICK HERE.

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Saranac Lake featured in “Only In Your State”

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Cape Air to begin flights to White Plains

Quoted from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Beginning March 1, 2018, passengers boarding planes at the Adirondack Regional Airport will be able to disembark in White Plains. Their tickets will include shuttle service to Midtown Manhattan.

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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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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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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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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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