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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USLA Member Dr. Manny Bernstein Passes Away

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Friends of Eagle Island closes on Eagle Island

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Paul Smiths College Finds New Donor

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Weills’ $20 million Renaming Gift to Paul Smiths College Is Withdrawn

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Sugar Maples Mysteriously in decline in Adirondacks: ESF Study

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4 Miles of New Trails near Lake Placid

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Ruth Specht, Long Time USLA Member, Has Passed Away

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Friends of Eagle Island to Acquire Eagle Island

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Notify NYS Police For Posted Property Program

DO YOU POST YOUR PROPERTY?   Fall is upon us and some folks are headed home, but don’t forget about your camp or cabin right here on the lake. 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 […]

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DEC Closes Lower Locks for Inspection Sept. 15 and 16

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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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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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dock sale

Instead of a garage sale we should have a dock sale.Every one can clean out camps and boat houses.We will meet a lot of lake residents and find many treasures.

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Cam lens needs cleaning!

I count on the live cam for my routine fix of USL sights, but find that the image has gotten pretty blurry (and I don’t think its just my computer). Would it be to much ask for a quick cleaning before the cold weather makes that too difficult?

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Boat launch

Does anyone know of a boat launch that we could use to take our boat out of the water in October since the state launch will be closed.

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Well acting weird

Has anyone had a problem with their well? All of a sudden we have moments where the water stops and then a few minutes later starts again and is fine? Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to fix this?

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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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