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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The Point will have fireworks Sunday July 3!

The Point is looking forward to the fourth of July weekend with our traditional fireworks show. We are very happy to hear that the Upper Saranac Lake community is excited about the show and we wanted to make sure everyone knew that the fireworks will be taking place on Sunday, July 3rd, any time between […]

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Wild Center’s Wild Walk named one of top 30+ Best Places to Visit this summer


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Craig confirmed to chair APA

The state Senate confirmed Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Sherman Craig Friday night to chair the agency board and Franklin County Legislator Barb Rice of Saranac Lake to be an APA commissioner. The Senate also approved the appointments of Chad Dawson, a professor emeritus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Elk Lake […]

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“Open Island” at Eagle Island July 11

Come visit Eagle Island for the afternoon! Monday, July 11, 1 – 4 pm. You are invited to Eagle Island. Take a tour of this National Historic Landmark, take in the view from Mariners’ Rock and visit a platform tent to see where campers lived for 70 years. Please complete this form to make your […]

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The Bluebird of Happiness Has Arrived at Upper Saranac Lake

The Bluebird of Happiness Has Arrived at Upper Saranac Lake Chris Cohan The bluebird is a longtime symbol of happiness, good health and hope, similar to what the Lake means to many of us. This spring I installed four bluebird houses at the Lake, two at the Upper Saranac Lake boat launch (with State DEC […]

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The Point is Sold for $12 Million

Pierre and Laurie Lapeyre of New York City paid $12 million for the property and its furnishings on Wednesday, June 8. They have been visiting The Point for more than 24 years. Pierre Lapeyre is originally from New Orleans and Laurie is from Washington, DC. Pierre is the co-founder and senior managing director of Riverstone […]

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July 4th Wooden Boat Parade Information

2016 Upper Saranac Wooden Boat Parade: “The 20th Anniversary Running of the Boats” 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of “The Running of the Boats” on Upper Saranac. Fortunately, unlike the “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, the U.S. Boat Parade tends to go fairly smoothly (and without a goring, to the best of my […]

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Upper Saranac Lake Picnic at the Wild Center

July 18, 5-7:30 pm Please join us for a casual evening by Greenleaf Pond with your family and Upper Saranac Lake neighbors. The meal is picnic fare served buffet style, and after dinner visit with the otters, paint a picture, or stroll along Wild Walk after hours. No charge, with reservations by July 11 very […]

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Zone Gatherings

The following gatherings have been scheduled. Watch for invitations from your zone chair. Zone 2 Chair – Mary Ann Randall July 30 5–7 pm 26 Loon Over Lane Zone 6 Chair – Cheryl Joyce July 30 4 pm Del Greico camp Guy Middleton will speak Zone 8 Chair – Jane Oravec July 16 Details to […]

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Upper Saranac Foundation Summer Events

Monday, July 11 Water Shield Workshop, Back Bay Boat Launch Friday, July 29 Adirondack Lakes Alliance, Lake Association Symposium, Paul Smith’s College, www.adirondacklakesalliance.org Monday, August 15 Water Shield Workshop, Back Bay Boat Launch Any time in August Volunteer Asian Clam Survey Registration and additional information can be found on the USF web page at www.uslf.org

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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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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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Cocktail Reception to Meet the Executive Director of the Adirondack Museum

For Generations The Campaign for the Adirondack Museum You are invited to a small cocktail reception hosted by museum friend Brian Del Toro As the institution honors its past while implementing exciting changes, your thoughts and input are of great importance to us Please join in a conversation with museum Executive Director David Kahn Sunday, […]

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Loon Census Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, July 18th is our Annual Loon Census – from 8am – 9am. It’s fun and simple – just doing what you already enjoy – watching the loons. The only difference is you’ll count them at one specific time. Our lake has been the largest lake to have 100% coverage for 6 years! I will […]

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Boat Launch Completed?

Does anyone know if the work on the boat launch at the north end is completed? The DEC plans to be there on the 16th/17th to inspect boats for drainage.

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EMS Coverage in Harrietstown Portion

If the Harrietstown Town Council doesn’t change its mind, the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad will no longer be providing Emergency Medical Service/ambulance coverage in the portions of the Town it has since 2008. Both the Town and the Ambulance neglected to renew the enabling contract at the end of 2009. The Ambulance […]

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Need plumber recommendations

We need to install a filter for iron on our water supply Need a plumber Any recommendations?

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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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