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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History on display downtown Saranac Lake

News Release from Amy Catania, Executive Director Historic Saranac Lake Saranac Lake, NY — On Friday, November 30, an exhibition of models by John Wheeler of the lost buildings of Saranac Lake will be unveiled downtown. The exhibit, titled “Remember When?” will be displayed for the holiday season in the windows of the former Sears […]

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Saranac Lake DRI Public Open House

When: Thursday, Nov. 15, 4-8 pm and Friday, Nov. 16, 9-12 Where: Hotel Saranac Grand Ballroom The Village of Saranac Lake and our state agency partners invite you to participate in an open house meeting to learn more about the village’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative! Please join us to discuss opportunities to improve the local quality […]

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Have you paid your dues for 2018? It’s not too late!

Help us reach our goal of 600 members! To pay your dues, go to uppersaranac.com/members/ To see if you have already paid, go to uppersaranac.com/members-2/

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Join Upper Saranc Foundation’s Lake Manager in a Septic System Workshop

“Protecting the Lakes Septic System Workshop” This event is FREE and open to the public! Thursday, August 23rd 6:00-8:00pm This workshop will be geared towards waterfront homeowners and will focus on septic system function, maintenance for onsite septic systems, the impact of septic system function on lake water quality and the result of septic system […]

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Zone 7 Party Photos online

Click Photos tab and then go to Zone 7 Party to see photos.

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Photos from Paddle at Stony Creek Ponds are in Photo Gallery

Click Photos tab to see photo galleries.

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Saranac Lake wins $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday at Hotel Saranac that Saranac Lake has won $10 million towards the Downtown Revitalization Initiative to revitalize the downtown.

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Our July 14, 2018 Meeting Minutes are now online

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USLA Annual Meeting August 11

USLA Annual Meeting Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:30 AM – coffee and pastries 9:30 AM – Meeting Guest Speakers: DAN KELLEHER, SPECIAL ASSISTANT, APA ECONOMIC SERVICES TRACY ORMSBEE, PUBLISHER, ADIRONDACK EXPLORER Join USLA members and lake friends for the USLA Membership meeting on Saturday, August 11 at 9:30 AM in the Flammer Theater at The […]

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First Aid and CPR classes cancelled

The First Aid and CPR classes have been cancelled for the summer.

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Angler Cooperators report another superb year of bass fishing

To participate as an angler cooperator in this program, contact Larry Nashett at 518-359-2198. Anyone who fishes in Upper Saranac Lake is welcome, whether they are a member of the Upper Saranac Lake Association or not! See the most recent data summary at ‘2017 Angler Diary Report‘.

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Mary Watson’s Memorial Service July 28

The Memorial Service for Mary Watson is Saturday, 7/28/18 at 10:00 at St Agnes Church. The internment follows at the St Agnes Cemetery.

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Lean-to at The Point destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed a lean-to at The Point Monday July 9th. Two engine tankers and the fireboat responded. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Change of dates for First Aid & CPR Classes

Dates & Times: First Aid Thursday July 19th. CPR Friday July 20th. Both classes run 5- 9PM. Location: #686 Bartlett Carry Rd. Pre-registration is required. Contact: Sonny Young for more information. 518-359-8194 or 518-524-6002 or e mail [email protected]

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Numerous Bear Sightings around the lake

Numerous bears have been spotted on the lake this summer, along Panther Mountain Road and Bartlett Carry Road. To learn proper behavior around wildlife, please read DEC’s article.

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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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Scientist predicts this year may be last good one for Monarchs

Many on Upper Saranac this summer were probably cheered by the abundance of Monarch butterflies. Our lake has given wonderful support to AdkAction’s campaign for Monarch conservation and may USLA members have attended lectures by noted Monarch scientist Chip Taylor, who twice has appeared at The Wild Center in recent years. Sadly, Chip recently repredicted […]

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FOUND – Yellow LL Bean Kayak

A yellow LL Bean Calypso kayak floated up to our dock on either Thursday, 9/20/2018 or Friday, 9/21/2018. It will be on the dock at 716 Bartlett Carry Road. Contact me via email.

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St Regis Mt. Fire Tower

On September 1 from 9 to 9:30PM the fire tower on St Regis Mountain will be lit up. Go out on the lake (off Markam Point) or on your dock if your are lucky enough to have a view of the tower. Or go to The Lake Clear Lodge for a wonderful viewing party. For […]

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Bakery, Takeout Meals and more at Old World Kitchen Store, Lake Clear

The Old World Kitchen store at Lake Clear Lodge now offers online ordering as well as stop by for takeout meals, baked goods , sides and snacks and even some staple items.. Stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and see what’s here in the commercial store fridge and feezers Pre-order meals, desserts, […]

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Dan Berggrens to Perform Concert for Eagle Island – August 15 @ The Wild Center

Adirondack Folk Singer DAN BERGGREN is singing for EAGLE ISLAND at The Wild Center on Wednesday, August 15 The Concert starts at 7:30pm, but, please join us at 7:00pm for social time A CLASSIC, HAND-CRAFTED HORNBECK BOAT WILL BE RAFFLED OFF AT THE EVENT Tickets for the event and raffle are available at The Book […]

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Tip jar for USL

The Upper Saranac Foundation lists donors in their newsletter and has a category for camp donations. This has motivated me to create a tip jar for the lake which will be politely pointed out to all houseguests. If you have many visitors you might consider doing the same – ‘every little helps!’

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Bear sightings

Bears have been sighted a number of times around Bartlett Carry Road this summer. The DEC offers useful information about the proper human behavior to help our wildlife remain wild: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6995.html.

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GoFundMe campaign for Laura Parmington Hall

A GoFundMe campaign has been created for Laura Parmington Hall, daughter of Beth and Todd Hall and members of USLA. Laura was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, with congenital hepatic fibrosis. Her health recently took a turn for the worse and she awaits another organ transplant. If you wish to help, please go […]

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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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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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