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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Letter from Adirondack Health

Dear Friends, Welcome home. On behalf of Adirondack Health, we hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  As the weather turns warmer, we wanted to reach out to you with some guidance and best practices to ensure as safe a summer as possible for everyone. The really good news Spring is […]

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BREAKING NEWS! Governor says North Country can start limited reopening this weekend

Article from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise WATERTOWN — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at Jefferson Community College Wednesday morning, said the North Country has met all the parameters to reopen some businesses starting Friday. The last of seven criteria the region need to meet was 30 per 1,000 residents tested for COVID-19 each month. The requirement […]

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USLA Member Dr. Neil A. “Tony” Holtzman offers commentary on Visiting the Adirondacks in the time of COVID-19.

Article from Adirondack Daily Enterprise.   Dr. Tony Holtzman When to lift the restrictions under which we’ve been living since March should depend on local conditions. In New York City, where the number of new cases of COVID-19 is still over 2,500 per day, a major concern is “flattening the curve.” On the other hand, […]

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NYS Boat Launches and Marinas Reopen

NY Gov. Cuomo, NJ Gov. Murphy, and CT Gov. Lamont announced marinas, boatyards, and marine manufacturers are open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed: https://www.governor.ny.gov/…/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemi… New York State recognizes the importance of recreation and continues to encourage the public to get outside locally and responsibly to prevent the […]

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Counties: Don’t come here

From the Adirondack Daily Enterprise 3-27-20 Essex and Franklin County officials are asking visitors to stay home and not travel here. These rural counties largely rely on tourism revenue and have many second homes and vacation rental units. The directive comes as local officials try to encourage social distancing and self-quarantining to curb the spread […]

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Important information about Coronavirus in Franklin County

The following information has been received from the Franklin County Legislature regarding cases of coronavirus (CoVid-19) in the USLA area.  We provide this to inform our members about the situation in our community. Franklin County Legislature Notice For additional information about coronavirus in the USLA area, please see the attached links, in addition to our own […]

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Important information about Coronavirus in the USLA area

Important information about Coronavirus in the USLA area   The following information has been received from Essex County regarding cases of coronavirus (CoVid-19) in the USLA area.  As you know, while USLA is located in Franklin County, Essex County is right next door and shares health care facilities with Franklin County.   For additional information […]

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Coronavirus in the ADKs

From the Adirondack Daily Enterprise 3/25/20: As people flee COVID-19 hotspots such as New York City and come to the Adirondacks, some — but not all — local officials are publicly urging those visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days before they go to shops or other public places. Paul Maroun is one of those. He […]

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Coronavirus in the Adirondacks and the North Country

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading throughout New York State. As of March 24th, there were over 25,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, in 53 out of the state’s 62 counties, though many Upstate New York counties face shortages of medical supplies and cannot undertake extensive testing. Read more.

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Essex County health officials: We have supplies — for now

From Adirondack Daily Enterprise 3-19-2020 ELIZABETHTOWN — Amid concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus, public health officials on Wednesday sought to quell concerns about hospital capacity and testing capabilities — while conceding that sustaining a stable supply of protective equipment and testing materials would likely be a challenge. At a press conference on […]

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Help Prevent an Adirondack Drinking Water Crisis

Clean water is the lifeblood of the Adirondack Park. However, the excessive application of road salt on state roadways is contaminating our surface waters and drinking water wells and it’s happening at an alarming rate. For more information, click HERE.

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North Elba transfer station to stop accepting glass March 1

From Lake Placid News: LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba’s Recycling and Transfer Station will stop accepting glass starting March 1. The transfer station will still accept redeemable glass bottles, but locals turning in non-redeemable glass items will now have to pay to discard them. The town charges 9 cents per pound of […]

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NYS Aquatic Invasive Species Bill Now in Committee

Legislation to extend protections against the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species is now making its way through the NYS Legislature.   This bill: “Extends provisions relating to the department of environmental conservation’s management of aquatic invasive species, spread prevention and penalties” We know how important this is to your lake association.  As such, we encourage you […]

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Adirondack Land Trust conserves Upper Saranac shoreline

From Adirondack Explorer 1/24/20: The Adirondack Land Trust announced Friday that it has purchased Upper Saranac Lake property that once belonged to early Adirondack conservationist Clarence Petty’s family, preserving 570 feet of rugged shoreline on an interstate canoe route. The trust last week paid $200,000 to Ed and Teresa Palen, of Keene, for 5 acres […]

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Time to Pay Your Dues!

It’s time to pay your dues for 2020! Go to the Membership page and either pay by check or by paypal. Last year we had 549 paid members and in 2018 we had 533. Let’s keep the upward trend going!

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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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Dock Repair?

Our wooden dock on Upper Saranac lake has suffered winter ice damage. Needs a carpenter/crew to fix or possibly rebuild. Suggestions from USLA were very helpful in the past. Any ideas of who to contact? thank you in advance Rita Ellertson 804 Bartlett Carry 917-647-1399

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offended by notice we are unwelcome

Last night the USLA sent an email implying that seasonal residents are not welcome in the Adks this year. I have printed it out to enclose with my next huge check for Adk property taxes. I call on the USLA to explain just how and from whom they obtained this notice and why they sent […]

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Sewing Services

Prescription Sewing based in Saranac Lake 518-637-2996 provides Custom cushion repair and complete replacements. Sunbrella Fabrics available. Leave your cushions this fall to be recovered or made new and ready for next season.

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A Historic Day for our Climate

Dear Fellow New Yorker, Today was truly a monumental day for our state and the nation. I was proud to be joined by former Vice President Al Gore to announce the largest offshore wind agreement by a state in U.S. history, and to sign the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Offshore wind is critical […]

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Where is the cam?

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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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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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