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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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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Mountain village embraces its legacy as cure center for TB

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Proposed Changes to Remsen-Lake Placid Corridor

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Fewer campers, longer stays at Adirondack campgrounds

To see article, CLICK HERE.

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House Fire at Sekon

From Adirondack Daily Enterprise: SARANAC LAKE — A seasonal residence in the Wawbeek area of Upper Saranac Lake was lost to fire early Wednesday morning. No one was hurt in the blaze. The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to the house fire at 581 Sekon Road at 2:13 a.m. Three trucks and 13 members […]

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November Snowfall in the Adks

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Web Cam down

The web cam is down due to technical difficulties. Weather report says SNOW! Please be patient. We are working on getting it fixed.

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Post Your Property for the Winter

Did you know that New York State offers to patrol your property from October until May? To qualify, all you need to do is put a request in writing along with a completed Posted Property Form which you can find HERE. Submit your paperwork to the Commander, Captain Ryan, at the Ray Brook Office. The […]

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SLWF UMP Management Actions Presentation

Read the presentation by Kris Alberga at the August 10th lake association meeting about UMP Management.

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Upper SL Association Bonds with Tupper Lake

From the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 8, 2019: TUPPER LAKE — The Upper Saranac Lake Association met at the Wild Center July 13 for its annual meeting, bringing around 120 seasonal and year-round residents to Tupper Lake and having its village mayor speak to them. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun said many consider his village […]

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New Law will require all boaters to take boating course

The new law will gradually be phased in until all boaters of all ages have passed the boating course by 2025. You will be required to show a certificate that you have completed the course.

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State will Replace Culvert from Follensby Clear Pond to Spider Creek

Work to replace the culvert under St. Rt. 30 connecting Follensby Clear Pond to Spider Creek is to begin soon. Crews will replace the aging culvert with a new concrete structure. There will be one-way traffic controlled by traffic signals during this time. Work is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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Open House at Santa Clara Fire Station Saturday August 17

From the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Wednesday, August 14 The Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house at the Santa Clara town hall in Saranac Inn from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday August 17 to spread awareness about the firefighting services the substation there provides. In 2016 Tupper Lake opened the substation — […]

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July 13 Updated Version of Meeting Minutes Now Online

Please read the minutes from July 13’s meeting for corrections and approval.

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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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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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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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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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