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

Find out what's going on around the lake region


We have 407 members! Have you paid your dues?

Check out the Membership Roster to see if your name is on it! Help us reach 600 members!

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Carolyn Hickok, owner of Hickok’s Boat Livery, has passed away

To read the obituary, CLICK HERE.

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2016 USL Angler Diary Report

To read the report, CLICK HERE.

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Be aware of shifted buoys and floating debris.

Please be aware of shifted buoys and other floating debris, such as logs, docks, etc. as you rediscover the lake after the winter. Also, if you are missing an item, such as a dock, bench, or water toy, or if you find one, please check out Classifieds. There will be lost and found items posted […]

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Has anyone found a lost or stolen red canoe?

Anyone found a Lost (or stolen) Red canoe with light green interior. older model with mesh seating. Please contact Fran (PorkBay) 914-318-8575 or email: [email protected]

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Long-time USLA Member Roberta Greiner passes away

The memorial service is Wednesday evening April 26th from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Stuart, Fortune, Keough funeral home in Tupper Lake. The service will begin around 6:00 pm. We are also having a service in The Plattsburgh U. Methodist Church on Saturday April 29th at 11:00 A.M, in the Sanctuary,with a luncheon to follow. […]

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Saranac Lake Central School Budget Vote

Date for the vote is May 16, 2017. Absentee ballot application is available on the school district website. Go to the website www.slcs.org . Click on District Links, then Board of Education, then Absentee Ballot Application. Send application as instructed. Absentee ballots will be mailed after April 17th. Make sure to indicate on your application […]

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Well Water Contamination Study

The Adirondack Lakes Alliance, of which USLA is a member, has requested we forward information about a well water contamination study to our members. The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (PSCAWI) is conducting a well water study to determine the extent and magnitude of road salt contamination of our drinking water. Road salt affects […]

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New Area Code for the 518 Area

The 518 area code covers all or part of 17 counties in eastern upstate New York, serving communities from Albany to Plattsburgh who are affected. The new area code is 838 and will serve the same geographic area currently served by the existing 518 area code.   Beginning March 18, 2017, you will need to […]

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Summer Events Calendar

July 1: Wooden Boat Parade and Reception, Back Bay   July 8: USLA Membership Meeting   July 10-12: Boating Safety Course, Santa Clara Town Hall   July 19-20: CPR/First Aid Course, TBA   July 22: Victorian Croquet Tournament, Dancing Waters   August 6: Boats & Boating on USL, Camp Iroquois   August 7-9: Boating Safety […]

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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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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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